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Britannia to Shrewsbury 23 November

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  1. Paul42

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    Tornado has been through Reading see http://www.uksteam.info/tours/t13/t0917a.htm and scroll down the page for the Light Engine move from Westbury.
     
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    Big Al Nat Pres stalwart Staff Member Moderator

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    Out of Salis in front of stopper. NR having a good day. Only 20 late......but we are now heading for the failed Tangmere. Very sad.
     
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    No, not me, I did Waterloo to Salisbury. Fred Lewis was in charge for that bit.
     
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    Thanks for the info Wayne. Hope you enjoyed the run with 'Britannia' to Salisbury.<BJ>
     
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    Today was the end of the DBS connection with Steam Dreams. Setting aside the issues that we all know have led to this situation, it is nevertheless very sad, for apart from the Torbays we lose some of the crews especially those based in London and the south who have done so much to make it an enjoyable experience. Today was a tour de force with two sets of them.

    I have been up and down the SWML just a few times with steam over the years but I have never had a Class 7 with 550 tons gross (equiv of 15 coaches) on the route. Wayne Thompson and Jim Clarke managed that today, and with style. It was clever enginemanship from both of them and with water at a premium given when the engine had been topped up before coming across to Waterloo, the run down to Salisbury had it all. A slightly late start but the train was 'timed' to Woking with the gradual increases in speed reflecting the not inconsiderable load hanging off the drawbar, including an inactive Class 67. We were slow line after Woking to Winchfield and that held us back but the grades were used well after Worting when again, the train was 'timed' till the checks around Tunnel Junction. Britannia was noisy and at times close to her adhesion limits but she was not pushed beyond what was sensible.. This was also true northbound from Maindee with Fred Lewis and Vince Henderson in charge. Although we were now an hour late because of the earlier issue with the freight train, it was mostly an unchecked run with the climb of Llanvihangel a highlight. 59 through Abergavenny and 36 over the top now with 460 gross.

    So thanks for all your efforts today. It was much appreciated
     
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    A very good report. Thanks for that. <BJ>
     
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    Britannia on the Welsh Marches
     
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    Excellent performance by 70000, Great spectacle at Westbury, thanks to all involved

     
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    My video from the Cathedrals Express to Shrewsbury with 70000 on Saturday:

    James
     
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    I may be having a brainfade day but am I the only viewer that cant see a link to James' video (except to his channel via his signature). Is it the rubbish broadband here in rural Glos???

    OK it was probably brainfade - something to do with "secure content" blocking the vid links. Nice clips guys - thanks for posting
     
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    Some brilliant footage and what a fantastic difference it makes to have correct express headlamps in place. Well done to the 70000 support crews who have obviously taken note of my earlier moan about the poor attention to detail as far as headlamps are concerned with Britannia.

    Long may it continue and, yes detention for lack of attention to detail, is over and you can all go home!
     
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