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  1. A question for any drivers out there. Have you ever met a steam hauled train on the main line? If so, what did you think at the time? Was it “I wish I was driving that instead of this”, or was it “I'm glad I am in this nice modern loco/train instead of of that old draughty one”. Peter
  2. Here is a snapshot from a video I took a few years ago at the KWVR diesel gala. There are three more people not in view, the driver of the class 37, the one coupling up and another behind me. Add your own captions if you like. Peter
  3. That is a very good point and leads to the question;- Can someone who is at the other end of a loco to the driver, interfere with the controls so as to jeopardise the safe running of the train? Peter
  4. Thank you to everyone who replied on the last subject. It was very interesting and informative. Now a few points regarding people on or about the railway, either staff or the public. I have got my tin hat on and my coat, so I am ready for any comebacks. Diesel loco`s on preserved lines. I have noticed over several years that diesel loco`s have at least twice as many people on the footplate than steam loco`s. Who are they? Why do they all have to keep changing ends? When the train arrives at the end of the line, uncouples and draws forward, they all descend from the leading cab then trudge to the other end and haul themselves up into that cab. The driver has to elbow himself in and take the loco to the other end of the train when they all descend again for the 50yd. movement up to the train. If the train is double headed then multiply all that by two. Then there is the obligatory chin-wag until the guard starts blowing his whistle, when there is a mad dash to get back on board. Peter
  5. As the subject at the moment is power supply, here is a photo I took last year at York. Someone is bound to tell us all about it. Peter
  6. This would make a good caption competition photo. Peter
  7. I remember reading about a steam locomotive dropping it`s connecting rod onto the live rail and sliding along it for some distance until the train was stopped. I`m sorry I cannot remember what loco it was or where it happened. Peter
  8. I well remember one of the SSE runs in the 1980`s hauled by no. 777 “Sir Lamiel”. On the stretch between Church Fenton and York we were really motoring. Everyone in the coach was looking at each other and we all agreed the speed was well over 80. From an on time departure at Leeds we were 10 mins early at York. Peter
  9. A feature of SLOA rail tours that doesn't happen now was the run-past. It allowed passengers on the train to get a lineside shot of it as well A corral was built at Appleby for the purpose. The Welsh Marches trains also did a run-past at Craven Arms. Peter
  10. Steam locomotives on the main line Back in the days of BR and SLOA there was a 60mph speed limit and designated steam routes and if a line was electrified, steam traction was automatically banned. Now we have steam loco`s authorised to run at 90mph on the main line, so what has changed. Have the overhead wires been lifted up? Are the loco`s lower? Are they using anti-flashover water? Or was it that BR was being too cautious? Your thoughts please. Peter
  11. Nova 3 Update After last weeks experience on this train I thought I would give it a second go. I'm glad I did. Forget everything I said about the last one, this was completely different. The ride quality was as good as could be expected. No knocks or bangs. I think the other one was a Friday afternoon bogie, there was definitely something wrong with it. The only things that are the same are the seats. Very hard cushions and seat backs. I hope the mattresses in the sleepers have more give in them. But the biggest selling point is that it is a rake of trailers and a locomotive. It raised the roof of Huddersfield station when it pulled out. I shall have to go up the valley to hear them when at full bore. Today's train was set 11 propelled by 68026 Enterprise from the Scarborough end. So its a thumbs up for the new trains. Peter
  12. That is interestimg. You do get a feel that the bogies are being restrained. But would that affect the vertical movement and the noise transmission? There is a knock every time a wheel passes through a common crossing . Peter
  13. Thank you for the reply Jim, I didn't know that. All the rolling stock manufacturers need to learn how to use it. The springing on the new TPE coaches is so hard, it is almost rigid. Peter
  14. They did it without 21st century computer modelling techniques available to the designers of today.
  15. It was the last run of the season for the Scarborough Spa Express yesterday. Sadly no steam. 35018 “British India Line” could not leave the NRM due to a faulty injector so the train was diesel hauled all the way. 47854 “Diamond Jubilee” and 47746 “Chris Fudge” were on the train but only 47854 was under power. 47746 just went for the ride. Return journey from York was on the new class 68 hauled TPE train. I will not be rushing to catch it again. It looks and feels like they have used rigid Hornby bogies without the outer side frames. Every slight movement and sound of the wheels is transmitted through the floor and the seat bases which feel like a sheet of plywood covered with cloth. What a difference from the old Mk1`s on the SSE which just float along. Do the designers of all this modern rolling stock actually ride on it to find out what it is like? Peter
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