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Steam near Reading tonight?

Discussion in 'What's Going On' started by buseng, Aug 28, 2013.

  1. buseng

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    Just had a text from a friend that he heard a steam train go past near Reading. Apart from the charter ban here at the moment I can't think what it could be. He was located near the line between Southcote Junction & Theale on the Berks & Hants. The only thing around is 45231 & the nearest point is Basingstoke, a bit too far to hear anything. He said he heard it whistle, I asked him if it was a hooter sound, his response was that it was a "parpy" whistle. The only thing that fits that description is something like a smaller LNER loco, B1 etc. Of course he may of been totally wrong & not a steam loco at all. Could be Tornado running early, there again not due in this area.
    Any further thoughts?
     
  2. ADB968008

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    There's a steam fair heading through that way, going to Streatham.. Could have been one of their traction engines.
     
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    Would a traction engine travel that distance under it's own steam? I presume you mean Carters Steam Fair.
     
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    What sort of distance are you talking about I've know traction engines to be driven 50+ miles in a day and have done about 40 with a roller,,,,,,
     
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    About 40 odd miles at as an estimate.
     
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    Re ADB, it is Carters Steam Fair but they are based to the East of Reading near Maidenhead so wouldn't pass the area mentioned I wouldn't of thought.
    http://www.carterssteamfair.co.uk/
     
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    Could be anything, I was having a liquid lunch at a pub alongside Shepperton Lock the other sunday, when a lone traction engine rocked up.
     
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    Tornado heading to NNR?
     
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    Just read how unlikely that is
     
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    If only there was still a connection at the Winchester end would be very likely
     
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    Still heading up for Saturday. NNR galas are great. sod it! Tornado will be around again
     
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    I didn't hear anything.
     
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    Not surprised if it was "LNERish" apart from A4's they have some pathetic whistles, particularly the A3/V2 type.
     
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    When I was working at Embsay many years ago, we had a visit from a small traction engine which was travelling from the Isle of Man to the Pickering Steam Fair under its own steam. And it was towing a camper van too! He had a make quite a few stops for water, and nearly called out the local police/fire brigade a few times when we couldn't find a handy hydrant or stream and thought he was going to go pop.

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    He still reckons it was a steam loco, sure he heard it "chuffing" & the usual train type noises, track noise etc. Not to mention the whistle, he knows the normal diesel horn sounds. Sounds if it was hauling stock as well.
     
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    Perhaps it was 4472 and 4771 then double headed.....FFS
     
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    Or a traction engine with a similar sounding whistle ? :rolleyes:
     
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    lmfao...... :)
     
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    Traction engines have been known to have all sorts of whistles ex railways fitted, for a time the roller that I drove had my stanier hooter fitted...
     

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