How It Works

What on Earth is it?

Finally for this month we have this. I know, I know, its obviously the exhaust chimney of a steam train. Sigh, sometimes I don’t know why I make it so easy.

Anyway, if you think you know what it really is, or – even better – you have a hilariously silly concept of what it might be (but definitely isn’t), drop us a line and get your suggestion printed in the magazine next month.

Clues? Well, tough. I suppose you will just have to go and ‘reed’ (sic) up on steam trains in Neville Train-Spotting Smith’s 1901 guide on locomotive miscellanea in your nearest library’s main ‘chamber’.




  • Tom Boon

    A musical instrument?

  • Simon

    I think it is an OBOE

  • Nicholas b

    it is a clarinet.

  • I think that the above picture is a bassoon or a similar instrument from the woodwind family.

  • Boo

    at first i thought it was a door handle…

  • kronar

    It is close-up of oboe or clarinet keys.

  • Christopher

    A bassoon

  • alistair king

    part of a musical instrument

  • Andreas

    A lot of metal

  • Robert

    Clarinet