I spent Sunday browsing around the National Railway Museum in York as I have wanted to visit the museum since I was a boy. But even on my day off I could not help finding yet another example of Bulldog Tools being forged into our country’s history.
There, in one of the glass presentation cabinets was a Bulldog Fireman’s shovel with it’s “T” shaped handle and “Bulldog” branding stamped clearly into the front of the shank.. Thousands were used in the days of steam to allow the fireman to keep the fire stocked with coal. The tapered blade was especially designed to allow the shovel to fit neatly into the fire box of the engine. There are many references to the fireman and driver cooking their bacon and eggs on the blade of this trusted shovel. Not only do we make the strongest tools, it also looks as though we used to make cooking utensils as well! For more information on the National Railway Museum please go to www.nrm.org.uk.
Talking about cooking bacon and eggs. It’s not unusual to see the forge using a red hot spade to cook their toast for lunch! Apparently it’s the best toaster in Britain!