Yes, the engine is stationary.
People are often confused by the spelling of “Stationary” or” Stationery”. It’s one of those ones that spell checker can’t help you with because they are both correct but with different meanings.
When I think of the word stationary I remember our days travelling around South Australia and parts of Victoria on steam trains. In those days when OH&S was not such a big deal and public liability insurance was cheaper, we were able to wander around the station yard while the locomotive was being coaled and watered. People would take photos of themselves or their kids standing in front of it.
Of course it is a lot easier to take photographs of stationary exhibits in a museum but for me a steam locomotive is like a living, breathing thing so I much prefer to photograph them in steam.
Wonderful engines! I love trains and I really wish we had some in our town. Especially handsome ones like this.
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I loved our steam train riding days, before all the country rail lines were closed there were excursions every couple of weeks in the winter months and they were for real rail fans. We had photo stops, listening stops and it was very social. Now I really only see steam trains on tourist railways but I still love them.