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 Posted: Wed Jan 1st, 2014 01:21 pm
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Happy New Year all, & my thanks for all the help that some of you have so far so willingly provided to a US RR rookie!.

I thought it would be fun/interesting to enquire what YOU would do in certain real-life RR situations BEFORE I give the answer. This one (the rocking tender) is really very simple - probably so basic that you would perhaps overlook it.

Consider the facts:

Initial outward journey 'chimney 'first', full coal, full water, running on time, as booked, so no rush.No problem.

First leg of return journey Tender first, still 3 hours of water on board & nearly full coal (*); steady running until clearing the turnout & curve onto the branch. No problem.

Now over 20 minutes 'down' so full regulator after the curve & all Hell gradually breaks out. WHY ??

(*) What would have happened if Tender had been nearly empty (i.e. much lighter) ??.

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 Posted: Wed Jan 8th, 2014 09:56 pm
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Well, NOTHING happened. Only later did we find out we'd nearly had a serious derailment.

At our first stop, whilst we turned &  took on a 'top-up' of about a ton of coal, we quickly examined the tender springs, boxes & axles - no obvious defects. We changed over crewing, my mate now on the shovel & myself as engineer, for a really determined attempt to get to Leszno on time (to date the best run of my life !).
Now running chimney first she ran like a dream at up to 60mph between stops; see photos by my wife below:

It was only on finally 'booking off' duty 3 days later that we found out, quite by chance, that although a Pt47 was good for over 60mph chimney first she had a very strict absolute max linespeed of 40mph when running tender first  -- & we'd been +50% over that !. Having an almost full tender is what probably saved us.

The Moral :  Always know your loco before setting off !.


Now turned & coaled, myself on the regulator, waiting for the road. I've given my mate 'the wink' &, 1/2 an hour 'down'  & knowing me, he knows what's coming so he's shovelling the black stuff on for all he's worth :





Regulator about 3/4, cut-off held at about 75-80 % !! :


  

Now nearly full regulator but cut-off still nearly 80% !!! :

















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 Posted: Wed Jan 8th, 2014 10:06 pm
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The 3rd & 4th photos above are obviously in the wrong order despite my best efforts at trying to use Admin's photo system. (I'm still having problems inserting words & photos correctly). Passing by the camera I've still hardly reduced the cut-off  so we are accelerating real fast for about a 325 ton train, almost full regulator.

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 Posted: Thu Jan 9th, 2014 08:38 am
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This story reminds me of an incident on the Festiniog when we were running downhill ( tender first, almost empty ) with 'Linda'. My driver was nicknamed 'Crazy Horse' ( guess why ), and I was the fireman. On a section where the line is perched on a steep slope suddenly some sheep ran in front of us and seemed to disappear under the tender. Knowing what a carcass can do to a rather light-weight NG vehicle, I took a big breath of relief when they came out left and right unharmed....



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 Posted: Mon Jan 13th, 2014 05:51 am
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Fascinating story and great pics! Very cool to see so many steam locos in one place and not a diesel in sight! Looks like good old time railroading!



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 Posted: Mon Jan 13th, 2014 03:05 pm
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Unfortunately Ray this is about the last of regular scheduled service passenger steam operated "old time railroading" , probably just about anywhere in the world - excluding 'tourist' lines. I shouldn't think it will last many more years, diesel electric lightweight multiple units already cover this route.

Regards                            Michael

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 Posted: Mon Jan 13th, 2014 03:17 pm
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Just to show that the Leszno route services also have infernal combustion prime movers:






Just book on, put the key in, start up & Go - in a clean uniform, shirt, tie & jacket.

Ain't the same though !!!  (you don't work up the same thirst/beer capacity either).


Regards                    Michael  (Archangel of the Anti-Progress !!).

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