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boslab
06-29-2009, 08:18 PM
An outing on Sunday to a level crossing at Port Talbot for me, my son and daughter, i really didnt know how hard it was to take a photo of somthing moving at 80 mph with a compact camera!it was complete luck and no jugment as another train came by a little later and i missed it and took a photo of a carrige, i know its a bit OT but it is old iron.
The Tornado is passing by on 28 july, also steam but amusingly the newest train in the UK!
regards
mark

http://i258.photobucket.com/albums/hh275/boslab/olivercromwell.jpg

Liger Zero
06-29-2009, 08:25 PM
That would have caused me to do a double-take. :D

Very cool. I love steam engines and boilers.

John Stevenson
06-29-2009, 08:40 PM
Anybody see last weeks Top Gear where they had a race to 1949 specs from London to Edinburgh.
James May drove a Jaguar XK120, Richard Hammond rode a Vincent Black Shadow and Clarkson was firing on the Tornado.

No motorways, none in 1949 so limited to the A1 Great North Road.

Good show, i won't spoil the result, it's on Iplayer but not sure if thats available outside the UK.

Mad Scientist
06-29-2009, 10:12 PM
I get the magazine "Trains" and they did a article on the building of this engine and the amount of work that went into building a brand new old steam engine. They followed the old blueprints and only making changes to bring it up to current safety standards. It was a fascinating story about the problems and hours of hard work by the people who helped make this engine a reality. They deserve a large round of applause.

I would have loved to have been there to see it roll by.:)

agrip
06-30-2009, 01:18 AM
Concerning the locomotive in Boslab's photo - -

What is the primary function of the two side plates that resemble blinders on a horse?

Since they are between the cat walk and the smoke chamber feeding the stack, are they radiation shields protecting personnel from the heat of smoke chamber as they negotiate the cat walk ladder?

Ag

.RC.
06-30-2009, 01:41 AM
Anybody see last weeks Top Gear where they had a race to 1949 specs from London to Edinburgh.
James May drove a Jaguar XK120, Richard Hammond rode a Vincent Black Shadow and Clarkson was firing on the Tornado.

No motorways, none in 1949 so limited to the A1 Great North Road.

Good show, i won't spoil the result, it's on Iplayer but not sure if thats available outside the UK.

Yea it was a great episode that one, especially the shot of the Tornado going past the sea.......I get the episodes off bittorrent since they won't show them here for another six months..

macona
06-30-2009, 01:45 AM
The old 4449 is heading east from portland to the midwest for a few months.

http://www.sp4449.com/

One of the guys in out patternmaking class is a volunteer for the maintenance on it.

It used to run behind my parents house when I used to live in Dundee, OR. My parents property runs along the tracks.

AussieChris
06-30-2009, 01:54 AM
Ag, I think the plates are smoke deflectors designed to help stop smoke entering the cab windows when going through tunnels etc.

Great loco - I must read up on it. My family all come from Grantham which was the half-way engine change-over stop for the Flying Scotsman on the London to Edinburgh line. My grandfather worked on engines like that (the original Gresley A1 and A3 Pacifics).

Thanks for posting the pic Mark.

Chris
Brisbane Australia.

Asquith
06-30-2009, 05:37 AM
A couple of photos I took when Tornado came for a holiday here recently (clickable thumbnails):-

http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y54/Asquith1/May%202009/th_Tornado0001.jpg (http://s3.photobucket.com/albums/y54/Asquith1/May%202009/Tornado0001.jpg)

http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y54/Asquith1/May%202009/th_Tornado01.jpg (http://s3.photobucket.com/albums/y54/Asquith1/May%202009/Tornado01.jpg)

As Chris says, the plates are smoke deflectors, supposed to deflect the smoke from the crew's line of vision. They’re nicknamed 'blinkers', as that’s what horses wore here (same as US 'blinders').

An easily-missed moment in the Top Gear film was when the crew were suddenly thrown about - the loco had suffered wheelslip at 75 mph!

Michael Edwards
06-30-2009, 05:57 AM
A couple of photos I took when Tornado came for a holiday here recently (clickable thumbnails):-


http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y54/Asquith1/May%202009/th_Tornado01.jpg (http://s3.photobucket.com/albums/y54/Asquith1/May%202009/Tornado01.jpg)

Beautiful pics, as always Asquith. To me, that is art.

ME

Malc-Y
06-30-2009, 07:40 AM
Anybody see last weeks Top Gear where they had a race to 1949 specs from London to Edinburgh.
James May drove a Jaguar XK120, Richard Hammond rode a Vincent Black Shadow and Clarkson was firing on the Tornado.

No motorways, none in 1949 so limited to the A1 Great North Road.

Good show, i won't spoil the result, it's on Iplayer but not sure if thats available outside the UK.

It wasn't quite as it would have been in 1949 because the A1 Great North Road in those days went through all the town centres en-route whereas just about all these towns are now by-passed. Also in 1949 virtually all the A1 was single carriageway. On the East Coast main line from Kings Cross (London) to Edinburgh in the days of steam, locomotive picked up water from water troughs (track pans in the US) in the track without stopping. Also in 1949 steam locomotives weren't limited to 75 mph.

Malc. :cool:

Your Old Dog
06-30-2009, 08:23 AM
Beautiful pics, as always Asquith. To me, that is art.

ME

ditto that! I was gearing up to make the same post and then found yours!

mlucek
06-30-2009, 03:17 PM
Beautiful pics, as always Asquith. To me, that is art.
METotally agree ! Harkens back to the earlier days when folks took pride in their work & craftsmanship; especially when it shows in such beautiful lines ! All those little beauty touches that make up the whole, says so much about the designers/engineers/workers and industrial art.

You just don't see that much nowadays.

Mike