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  1. Steve liked torgormaig's post in the thread GWSR General Discussion and Operations.

    Tom, I never thought that Southern locomen were such softies. Us up north take levers in our stride. At Mallaig there is a 4 lever frame which the fireman has to operate (whisper it!:() FOUR times every visit - as well as (only once) the 3 lever...

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  2. Steve replied to the thread Locomotive Performance and Tractive Effort Discussion.

    Inflicted being the right word. :)

    Dec 1, 2022 at 7:42 AM
  3. Steve replied to the thread Loco 76017.

    Although today’s opinion is what counts I do think that, back in the day, steam locos on both BR and in industry would be working in a far worse state than we now consider to be acceptable. One of the attributes of a steam loco was that it would...

    Nov 30, 2022 at 8:17 AM
  4. Steve replied to the thread Loco 76017.

    I think we can all tell similar tales and no railway would be exempt from this fact. After paying transport costs to bring locos to the NYMR and finding that they weren't fit for traffic, the NYMR made the decision to examine any such locos...

    Nov 29, 2022 at 5:40 PM
  5. Steve replied to the thread Bluebell Railway General Discussion.

    Dunno, but judging by the number of people standing around and looking at the loco/coach coupling and obviously in deep discussion, realisation that there is a slight technical hitch appears to have dawned.:):)

    Nov 29, 2022 at 5:16 PM
  6. Steve liked WD196's post in the thread Locomotive Performance and Tractive Effort Discussion.

    O.T. but: Ergonomics? The French? They cared even less for ergonomics than the GWR ;-). The advent of the 141R must 've caused quite a shock with French footplate crews in showing that it is possible to have some level of comfort in the cab of a...

    Nov 29, 2022 at 1:24 PM
  7. Steve liked 21B's post in the thread Bluebell Railway General Discussion.

    Thumper = thumping great liability to repair. Sadly all the mk1 issues x 10 because of the number of doors. A diesel loco is a better option, but there is a big step from maintaining an 09 to maintaining a 33 or similar. Unless the Bluebell...

    Nov 29, 2022 at 8:18 AM
  8. Steve liked torgormaig's post in the thread Mid Hants Railway Operational Matters.

    The wording that appears on the STNs for all steam movements, along with any other restrictions pertanent to the locos involved states "Steam Locomotives must not use crossovers between platforms". There is no mention of single turnouts - if...

    Nov 28, 2022 at 12:46 PM
  9. Steve replied to the thread Mid Hants Railway Operational Matters.

    It’s a new one on me, as well. Does this only refer to crossovers or anywhere where there is a turnout adjacent to a platform face, not necessarily a crossover. I can think of various locations where such exist And my knowledge of today’s...

    Nov 28, 2022 at 8:39 AM
  10. Steve liked LMS2968's post in the thread P2 Locomotive Company and related matters.

    Yes, and even that is slightly spurious. Realistically, to measure a steam loco's power output, you do it with an indicator diagram. This wasn't done with 6234 but it was claimed entirely from data from the dynamometer car. This measures the...

    Nov 26, 2022
  11. Steve replied to the thread Bluebell Railway General Discussion.

    I wholly agree with you on this. The NYMR really fell foul of this this year. Not only did the long dry spell cause problems but so did the unavailability of the planned ‘Whitby’ locos for various reasons. With nominal pool of 70 drivers...

    Nov 26, 2022
  12. Steve liked Jamessquared's post in the thread Bluebell Railway General Discussion.

    Early / late trains seem to be what is proposed, though I can't see you can do both - what do the crew do for 6 hours in the middle of the day? Not a very attractive crew diagram to run a 9am service and a 5pm service ex-SP and nothing much in...

    Nov 26, 2022
  13. Steve liked Jamessquared's post in the thread Swanage Railway General Discussion.

    Does your railway not have a large “they department”, Steve ;). It’s certainly the largest department on our railway! Tom

    Nov 26, 2022
  14. Steve replied to the thread Swanage Railway General Discussion.

    There’s a sub committee which meets continuously, either in the mess room or the club and has an open remit to consider everything. It seldom reaches the same conclusions as the railways Council. I must admit to being occasionally co-opted but...

    Nov 26, 2022