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  1. Steve replied to the thread Castle Class rebuilding in the 50s.

    Probably 842. ;) Frames, boilers (fireboxes/throatplates/flues/top feed/dome), wheelbase, axleboxes, hornstays, piston rods, slidebars, brakes, valve gears, chimneys, lubrication, ashpans, for a start. The list is almost endless.

    Mar 21, 2018 at 10:00 PM
  2. Steve replied to the thread Swanage Railway General Discussion.

    Not using sand isn't uncommon on heritage railways. I believe that Llangollen is also another non user of sand. Or, at least, was. I also remember an incident with 71000 when it came to the NYMR. The support crew prepped the loco and, when...

    Mar 21, 2018 at 9:28 PM
  3. Steve replied to the thread North Yorkshire Moors Railway General Discussion.

    According to the BARB viewing figures, the second 'Yorkshire Steam Railway was the most watched programme on Channel 5 for w/c 11th March. Obviously a hit with its target audience. In other news Schools 926 passed its EVL line test runs today...

    Mar 20, 2018 at 9:16 PM
  4. Steve liked Breva's post in the thread Broadway Station Rebuild.

    A look into the Booking Office at Broadway today: [ATTACH] For me it's a 6 year dream come true. It started with two original (and battered!) crowd barrier posts, found buried on site. We had two replicas made, and the shotblaster fabricated...

    IMG_20180320_132529272 comp.jpg Mar 20, 2018 at 8:35 PM
  5. Steve liked LMS2968's post in the thread Current and Proposed New-Builds.

    That was the last run of the class with 50455 from Blackpool to York. The engines were heavy on reasons: the by-pass valves in the piston valves leaked badly and allowed live steam into the exhaust passages unused; and they had the wide Schmidt...

    Mar 19, 2018 at 10:49 PM
  6. Steve replied to the thread West Somerset Railway Operations.

    Then, perhaps it should be! On second thoughts, the streamlined front might enable it to reach 100 mph.

    Mar 19, 2018 at 10:06 PM
  7. Steve liked 35B's post in the thread West Somerset Railway Operations.

    While I ask the same questions, I observe that this is a potential customer giving very clear feedback on what matters to their decisions about whether or not to visit. I suggest that "our's not to reason why" is the appropriate response, to be...

    Mar 19, 2018 at 10:04 PM
  8. Steve liked mikehartuk's post in the thread Whitwell and Reepham station.

    Your question is one that other heritage railways that have sought to rebuild on a disused trackbed have had to face. Any remaining residual Powers will now be in the hands of BR Residuary (now a division of Highways) and cannot in any event be...

    Mar 18, 2018 at 11:58 PM
  9. Steve replied to the thread USATC S160.

    An awful lot!

    Mar 18, 2018 at 11:55 PM
  10. Steve replied to the thread USATC S160.

    They may have got up to 90 mph but it didn't do much for the valves and pistons. Hardly a good idea to base your motive power policy on this premise.

    Mar 18, 2018 at 7:54 PM
  11. Steve replied to the thread USATC S160.

    Well, I've driven three of the four on a number of occasions; two examples of each. The 9F is streets ahead in all respects. Personally, I prefer the S160 over the 2-10-0 Austerity but there's not too much to separate them.

    Mar 18, 2018 at 7:52 PM
  12. Steve replied to the thread Industrial Loco Updates.

    There are several people who will bore out your existing gauge glass cocks and fit Klinger sleeves and new spindles. A cheaper option than new.

    Mar 18, 2018 at 7:45 PM