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  1. Jimc replied to the thread Which loco last UK industrial to be scrapped?.

    Just as a matter of interest, and apologies if its been covered elsewhere, which and when was the last steam locomotive in Industrial service in Great Britain?

    Sep 25, 2017 at 6:03 PM
  2. Jimc replied to the thread Surge force.

    Also not likely to be of much interest I suspect. My understanding was that the exercise wasn't really about power output but about riding, stability, loads on the track etc. rather than the actual power output of the locomotive. If they do have...

    Sep 25, 2017 at 1:13 PM
  3. Jimc replied to the thread Proposed New-Builds.

    Well, in the long term none of us will be here. But if this steam preservation bit is any more than a hobby for those nostalgic for their youth, then we have to consider grand children's grandchildren.

    Sep 23, 2017 at 9:31 PM
  4. Jimc replied to the thread Proposed New-Builds.

    I'm not sure GA drawings would be readily available, because originals are relatively common. What you'd get would be more umpteen drawings of individual components. But these are valuable too, especially for those modelling in the larger scales,...

    Sep 23, 2017 at 2:16 PM
  5. Jimc replied to the thread Proposed New-Builds.

    Couldn't it be argued that you are now advocating telling people what they are allowed to do? And that after saying 'for some reason we are not allowed' you are now advocating precisely that? In the long term does it really matter that much if...

    Sep 23, 2017 at 9:15 AM
  6. Jimc replied to the thread Proposed New-Builds.

    Who's stopping you? Build what you like, any time you like. But if you want other people to contribute time and money you have to build what they like...

    Sep 22, 2017 at 9:43 PM
  7. Jimc liked Platform 3's post in the thread 1442.

    Why is it that locomotives always have to be displayed for the benefit of photographers wanting to get a nice 3/4 shot for their records? How about being able to get up close and see different parts of it? There are literally hundreds of...

    Sep 22, 2017 at 7:11 PM
  8. Jimc replied to the thread 1442.

    At that sort of height and distance all round Tom? Don't get me wrong, I think the shed access the Bluebell gives to its out of service locos is great, but I've never been close to one of them at that sort of height, let alone all round. Even at...

    Sep 22, 2017 at 11:02 AM
  9. Jimc replied to the thread 1442.

    OTOH there aren't many places where you can get up and close at that sort of angle for a cleaners eye view.

    Sep 22, 2017 at 10:50 AM
  10. Jimc replied to the thread Proposed New-Builds.

    Mmm, maybe. But I bet you're in favour of using modern lubricants in preference to the considerably inferior ones available 120 years ago. I agree there's probably little point in redesigning valve gear, especially as its probably a...

    Sep 19, 2017
  11. Jimc replied to the thread Steam on Manchester Metrolink.

    I wonder what the mainline registered locomotive with the widest RA is? Possibly Tyseley's 7752/L94, which is ironic when you consider the RA problems other GW classes have.

    Sep 19, 2017
  12. Jimc replied to the thread Proposed New-Builds.

    But which valve gear was better, and in what circumstances? I've seen claims that the Churchward/Pearce implementation of Stephenson's gear produced better valve events, and also that well designed Stephenson's gear was more consistent between...

    Sep 19, 2017
  13. Jimc replied to the thread The last pre-grouping express class?.

    You could argue the last surviving pre grouping GWR express class in service was City of Truro, but failing that the last unmodified Star went in 1957. The last rebuilt Star, 4037, went in 1962, but there must have been precious few original...

    Sep 19, 2017