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  1. Steve replied to the thread West Somerset Railway Operations.

    At the moment we basically swap rulebooks at Grosmont. We are looking at some re-alignment of the NYMR rulebook at the moment which is leading to interesting discussion. For example, where is the token carried when there is more than one loco?...

    Sep 20, 2017 at 10:50 PM
  2. Steve replied to the thread Proposed New-Builds.

    The Rail Vehicle accessibility Regulations will probably be the biggest hurdle. No grandfather rights so you can't really build what you want to build.

    Sep 20, 2017 at 10:39 PM
  3. Steve replied to the thread West Somerset Railway Operations.

    The Bluebell is not the only railway to use the 1950 rulebook as a basis. It is up to them and there is no problem with that; it is safe enough. In fact, I quite like it. It does not allow for progress, though. HMRI require that your...

    Sep 20, 2017 at 10:07 PM
  4. Steve replied to the thread West Somerset Railway Operations.

    You're entering a section under caution. You should never exceed a speed that you cannot stop safely in, which in essence is line of sight. That is a fundamental.

    Sep 20, 2017 at 9:58 PM
  5. Steve replied to the thread West Somerset Railway Operations.

    I think that the requirement to go to the box had been removed and replaced by most expeditious means by the time the 1980 rulebook was introduced on the big railway, certainly for electric token.

    Sep 20, 2017 at 9:51 PM
  6. Steve replied to the thread West Somerset Railway Operations.

    Old hat, I'm afraid. As 1472 says, it is from the 1950 BR rule book. Now we (NYMR) just communicate with the signalbox by the most expeditious means, which is either a nearby lineside phone or a mobile. (GSMR on the big railway) The token...

    Sep 20, 2017 at 9:44 PM
  7. Steve replied to the thread Swanage Railway General Discussion.

    And at present the likely answer is 'Sorry, but we're short ourselves. I was just about to phone you with a similar request.'

    Sep 20, 2017 at 5:39 PM
  8. Steve replied to the thread Conditions inside a boiler.

    There is a manifold for auxiliaries at the rear crown of the boiler but I can't remember what is taken off this. The injector steam feeds are from internal pipes so well away from the backhead. I think the ejector is from the manifold but my...

    Sep 19, 2017 at 10:36 PM
  9. Steve liked Jimc's post in 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 at 9:52 PM
  10. Steve liked Jamessquared's post in the thread Proposed New-Builds.

    I'm afraid I struggle with that argument. Steam locomotives are fundamentally out of date. Many of the locomotives in daily service on heritage lines today are over 100 years old, and a few are nudging towards 140 or more. So I am struggling to...

    Sep 19, 2017 at 9:52 PM
  11. Steve liked Jamessquared's post in the thread Proposed New-Builds.

    I suspect you are being too harsh on Billinton and his Drawing Office. At the time, the Brighton mainline freight services were handled by a mixture of fairly small 0-6-0s. The best of them - RJ Billinton's C2s - were getting on for twenty years...

    Sep 19, 2017 at 6:21 PM
  12. Steve replied to the thread Steam on Manchester Metrolink.

    Open to correction but I think that Manchester uses a standard rail wheel profile and not a tram one. The various new tram systems don't seem to have standardised very much.

    Sep 19, 2017 at 1:21 PM
  13. Steve replied to the thread Proposed New-Builds.

    I don't know what formal testing there was but, in my personal experience, (4)4767 is a good bit stronger than a standard Black 5 when on the move, more like a class 6. It's survival as a unique loco to the end of steam says a lot for it.

    Sep 19, 2017 at 1:13 PM
  14. Steve replied to the thread Proposed New-Builds.

    I suppose that a lot of this comes down to opinion and subjectiveness. Your comments infer that Walschaerts is a better valve gear than Stephenson's link. Is it? There's a strong argument for saying that it isn't when it comes down to steam...

    Sep 19, 2017 at 12:40 PM
  15. Steve replied to the thread Conditions inside a boiler.

    Whilst we are talking about water in gauge glasses, the water in the gauge glass is outside of the boiler and is not actually boiling, which is why you get a generally steady level. However, on many occasions I have observed the water in the...

    Sep 19, 2017 at 10:33 AM