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CME - 2019

Discussion in 'What's Going On' started by alastair, Jan 11, 2019.

  1. RalphW

    RalphW Part of the furniture Staff Member Administrator Friend

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    Don't I know it.
     
  2. Big Al

    Big Al Nat Pres stalwart Staff Member Moderator

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    Has a Southern Pacific showed everyone how to go up a hill today (3/8) on the CME? It looks as though the 63 or so miles from Carnforth (North) to Carlisle were covered in 64 minutes.
     
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    It's nothing if not consistent! Haven't got figures from Carnforth North, but it was about 64 minutes start to stop from the UDGL on 12 May last year. So looks like an excellent run, and just adds to 35018's reputation on the climbs. It wasn't particularly extended either from what I recall, so there's no worries here about lack of reserves of power.
     
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    Got to say it looks a good run - but looking at RTT for Shap Harrisons Sidings loop it was right time.
     
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    Yes rebuilt by a top team from WCR who have restored various classes of locos. not just one, from various regions, and then driven by top class drivers also from WCR. :)
     
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    35018 flew up Shap with little if any exhaust. Video to follow later.
     
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    I can vouch that it was a superb northbound run! Scintillatingly close to being inside even time had it not been for a cautious run from Upperby; Steve Chipperfield not best pleased with the amount of grease picked up around Scout Green or it could have so easily have been around mid 40s at the top. Some figures to keep everyone going:

    Yealand: 40
    Milnthorpe: 68
    Oxenholme: 59
    Grayrigg: 47.5 (another slip a mile before caused speed to decline below the 50 mark)
    Tebay (MP 31 1/2): 78
    MP 37 1/4: 40.5

    Carnforth-Carlisle: 64mins 58secs.

    Such a superb piece of kit!
     
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    Out of interest what was the diesel traction on the C.M.E. today anyone?
     
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    Yes, obviously the jaunt to the East Coast last year set the engine up for the easier tasks its now undertaking;)
     
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    47804+37706 paired up on the outward, 37669+’706 return. Stopped at Appleby instead.

    Appleby-Ais Gill: 24mins 5secs
    Blue Riband section: 19mins

    Ormside: 57
    Griseburn: 46
    Crosby Garrett: 52
    Smardale: 58
    Kirkby Stephen: 48
    Birkett Tunnel (in): 44
    MP 264: 41
    Mallerstang: 48
    Ais Gill: 42.5
     
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    About 53 mph at Ais Gill summit last May, but we did have the benefit of a clear run straight through.
     
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    It's a Merchant Navy, I would expect nothing less!
     
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    Indeed...:D
     
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    Footage of 35018 at Lower Salterwath and Crosby Garrett.

     
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    What characterises this loco (and MNs generally) is the business-like chatter from the chimney. No histrionics - just pace. Tornado is also deceptively quiet as well.
     
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    I totally agree and it was eight early at Crosby G !
     
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    Excellent stuff. Did they stop at Appleby for water?
     
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    CME 35018 1b (2).jpg

    With no interest from the locals 'British India Line' working the 'Cumbrian Mountain Express' passed Benson Hall Farm on the climb to Grayrigg

    CME 35018 2b (2).jpg

    Yet more threatening rain clouds as 'British India Line' approaches Aisgill Summit with the return leg of the 'Cumbrian Mountain Express'
     
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    It suddenly got even noisier when it popped a safety valve as it came through Kirkby Stephen.

    35018-(37)-Kirkby-Stephen-casg.jpg
     
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