tok-tokkie = Ralph Malan Why Crocs? In South Africa a crock = a beat up old car but the word is extended to apply to anything well past its prime & that is the category I fall into. The alternative spelling refers to the footwear I appear in on this trip. It is also a play on the Dummies Guide or Rough Guides that are published. So this will be a Crocs guide to some of the stationary steam engines in England. I am a retired Mechanical Engineer with a long standing interest in steam power industrial more than locomotive. My wife, Antonia, and I went on a 10 day campervan trip in England visiting some of the stationary engine sites. I will describe them informally pretty much as a comic book a picture with some comments below. Why write on ADV? We have some motorcycling credentials. Here is a picture of me on my bike of preference (I have two) Antonia trespassing in a titanium mine Links to some ride reports: Trip with above picture of Antonia http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?topic=22091.0 2000 km Solo trip right across the Karoo http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?topic=39398.0 5000km solo trip where I retraced a pioneer travellers route. Report written as an external link for the Wikipedia entry on William Burchell http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?topic=51075.0 We both have F650s. A trip on them, picture below http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?topic=13073.msg193675#msg193675 This trip. Antonia is English & we were here for her sisters 70th & a brothers 60th birthday. This trip was done in a hired campervan, Antonia did the finding and booking. Her shopping criterion is price so we ended up with the most basic, small and cheap she could find. I will show it later in the thread. I will arrange the ride report into 4 broad categories: 1. Beam Engines 2. Horizontal Engines 3. Vertical Engines 4. Eclipse of the Steam Engine. I will also write about the engineering heritage. Antonia is an historical archaeologist (we spell it slightly differently & historical means since there are written records) so heritage is something that has rubbed off on me. I will also digress into some of the technical aspects that interest me. I hope to separate my postings by color so white text will be used for the steam engine posts, orange for the heritage and general off-topic stuff while lime green will be the technical stuff (light colors so they are easily read). My idea is to make it easy to skip the uninteresting stuff. I will happily wander off down loosely related side alleys. My writing style is usually dry & factual but I am going to try and write informally here it does not come naturally. I will use footnotes for my references marked like this . If I am saying something not generally known I want serious readers to be able to see where the info comes from. I also want to separate some explanatory notes out of the body of the text. This is no academic paper but I want to distance it from fan-boy hypothesis and urban legend facts.