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(This picture comes by courtesy of the effects of Jean Selina Morland - 1914 to 2004). This photograph appears to be one of a pair (the gentleman in the bowler looks to be the same person in both - see also DCHQ504772) and they show a horizontal stationary steam engine and the boilers that supplied the steam for the same. Mark Higginson of Derby Industrial Museum offers the following suggestion:-'Such installations would be found in a multitude of industrial establishments at the end of the 19th century/beginning of the 20th century to supply power for machinery. So it could be a mill, a warehouse, a brewery, a hospital or something similar, but probably not a colliery or waterworks. In those days such places were usually kept immaculate, but everything here looks very new with no wear and tear in evidence anywhere, so this looks like a brand new installation. This photo shows 5 (there may be more to the photographer's left) twin-flue Lancashire boilers. Unfortunately, I can't decipher the maker's name on the firehole doors. When I saw the engine (DCHQ504772) on the other picture was by Tannatt Walker & Co I did wonder whether there might be a Great Northern Railway connection, given the previous photo. This is because TW and Co also supplied an engine for the goods warehouse at the GNR's Derby Friargate station, although this was c.1877, somewhat earlier I think than the views here which might be in the 1890s. If it was GNR then this would again probably be for a goods warehouse, but the large number of boilers make me a bit doubtful about this. I did wonder whether Colwick Yard and engine sheds might have had such an installation, but I can't find any evidence to support this. The only other conceivable GNR location in the Nottingham area might be the station and goods yard at London Road (Low Level). There were 3 large goods warehouses here which must have required a significant source of power for their lifts, hoists, capstans etc.' (If anyone can help with the identification or location of these, please let us know via the Picture the Past web-site).