Steam engine runs out of puff

Stranded steam roller in Station Road, Hemel Hempstead. Photo: Mick Whelan
Stranded steam roller in Station Road, Hemel Hempstead. Photo: Mick Whelan
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A steam engine got into a a spot of bother when it tried to navigate a hill in Hemel Hempstead last week.

The traction engine was attempting to pull a trailer up Station Road and over the canal bridge, but its driver soon realised it was not going to make it.

Stranded steam roller in Station Road, Hemel Hempstead. The trailer is in the background. Photo: Mick Whelan

Stranded steam roller in Station Road, Hemel Hempstead. The trailer is in the background. Photo: Mick Whelan

Reader Mick Whelan, who sent in the photos, said: “The steam engine dumped its trailer, did a U-turn and parked on the bridge over the River Bulbourne.

“It took in much needed water, leaving the traffic at a standstill, before returning and hooking up again.

“This time it made the hill!”

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