View single post by Salada
 Posted: Sun Sep 10th, 2017 06:03 pm
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Joined: Mon Nov 4th, 2013
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I've been prompted into replying by a certain ceegar chewing dawg.

Firstly, I've never driven or fired a Garratt, neither have I ever driven/fired a double header but I have been on a trailing (rear) double header footplate as a travelling fitter (mechanic). I have driven the first service train of the early morning over very damp rails and adverse grades of about 1.75 - 1.9 % with many strictly timed scheduled station stops - and arrived at the final station stop bang on time.

Secondly I don't want to be too critical of an unknown crew on a far distant unknown loco and road but to me the crew of No 113  clearly haven't got the job under control, other than the initial few shots - compare the ratio of smoke:exhaust steam from No 113's chimney to those of "Boadicea" (the lead loco) and the Oztrainz photo. It looks like the fireman doesn't know when to let the bed burn through and stop firing, he may have the fire half smothered under cold, unburnt fuel. Maybe the driver has a mate in the wheel turning shop in desperate need of overtime hours. Who knows ?.
Double heading requires ultimate attention to the sounds and sights coming from each other's loco, clearly lacking in this video. There is no obvious whistle communication between the two drivers (engineers). 

I and at least a few others I know are concerned at the standard of some allegedly "passed for steam" mainline modern traction drivers who have attended a steam conversion course. Some of their antics on steam hauled mainline services over here are ludicrously dangerous and if more widely known would cause a permanent ban on heritage loco access to our main public rail system. I myself have been on the footplate of a loco with a steam conversion passed driver who tried to stop our loco on the train brake. The only problem was that we had just dropped the cars off for a platform runround and we were heading towards a closed, gated level (grade) crossing with automobiles driving across it but we had no train behind us.
 "Use the LOCO brake" as I grabbed the appropriate handle to halt us. Happy Days.

Regards,   Michael

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