Discussion in 'Bullhead Memories' started by Matt37401, Jun 16, 2014.
Has 18 201 gone that fast? IIRC she's plated for 160kph/100mph.
To answer the original question. Given my interest in loco performance, of all the classic speedy runs, I would have liked to have been on the 6220 114 mph run in 1937 with that interesting approach to Crewe! But the problem with that and all the similar ones is that they were staged special events. I appreciate far more the unexpected from a locomotive and crew just doing their daily job.
Of those that I have read about, the one that sticks in my mind was published in British Pacific Locomotives and involved the southbound Talisman that failed at York with a Type 4 diesel. At very short notice A1 Pacific 60140 ' Balmoral' was turned out. The load was 9 for 325 gross and the train left York 26 minutes after it should have passed. Arrival at King's Cross was only a couple of minutes late and that was as a result of a signal stop on the final approach. Driver Turner had made the journey in 169 min or 158 net and that included three separate locations where 90+ was hit, one of which was the 100 mph at Essendine. Add to that the three TSRs, two signal checks (and the stop at Holloway) and you can perhaps get a sense of what a brilliant run this was.
I've never really timed anything Im to busy listening to the noise and enjoying the ale! But I wouldn't have minded checking out the 9F that went up to 90 (allegedly). From personal experience I wouldn't mind redoing a run I had with 37408 in 1999, Wolves Stafford in 12 mins. As I say I never timed but after a slow stagger round Bescot I was worrying about whether I had time for chippy move before my Clacton home! I needn't have worried!
In addition to Tardis hopping to 1950's Dawlish, I think I'd also go and tell Mr Stephenson how inferior 4ft 8.5 really is and he should follow Mr Brunels thinking.
On which subject.... (Brunel's Gauge I mean).... is it true that Brunel favoured 7ft and whatever fraction of an inch because he'd spent so much time working in metric and 7ft whatever was the equivalent of his preferred metric gauge?
If that's 'The Titfield Thunderbolt' - yes, count me in! I had it on VHS, but wore it to death, but the DVD version I've got has been re-mastered so the images are as crisp as they were originally. And what gorgeous, typically English scenery, too!
Don't think so; 7' 0-1/4" = 2,140 mm (nothing significant?)
Three picks for me;
first, a footplate trip on one of the Midland's express services to Manchester, on the Matlock to Buxton route - preferably pre-1914 on one of Johnson's original compound 4-4-0s;
second, standing on the country end of the platform at Liverpool Street, in the rush hour, 1920s, watching the speed at which the jazz services came and went;
third, a footplate trip on a 9F, from Bournemouth to Bath Green Park and back on the S & D.
Um - add a fourth (Why not? Dreams are free!)
Footplate trip on a Black Five hauling a fully fitted express freight from Birmingham to Carlisle.
After that, I wouldn't need a caffeine fix!
A trip around the north west in about 1952. Starting with Bury to Manchester Victoria on one of the L & Y electric units, then to Liverpool on the CLC with an ex GC Director 4-40-, followed by the Liverpool Overhead. Back on on the L & Y route via Bolton, getting off at Bury Knowsley Street for a trip to Bacup on the push pull with an L & Y 2-4-2 tank
It is without a shadow of a doubt my favorite all time railway film. I love that there was once an England like this, and I also think that most of our preserved lines started out with the same sort of spirit. I think that there's 2 rather nice looking loco's as the stars also helps. Anyone for a 'Lion' next new build?
September 1604. View the new Wollaton waggonway and marvel at the future to come. Reason - researcher into the very earliest of railways, also ask Huntingdon Beaumont where he got the idea from.
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I'd like a few trips, to witness all of the Bulleid performances during the locomotive exchanges, go back to the withered arm, especially Ilfracombe and Padstow(taking an MN hauled ACE of course), revisit some of my holidays, Wareham,Weymouth Swanage and Bournemouth in the early 60's...oh, and go back to the last days of steam on the Southern 1966 /67 and ride more trains back then, (only had paper round and pocket money in those days, and could not afford much photography!)
This film will be shown in a proper "Picture House" , The Curzon at Clevedon , complete with cinema organ on the 28th of October . Its early days with this 1950's re-creation but publicity will be forthcoming from them in good time.
I'd go back to 1975, do a Deltic ride and then take the Night Ferry over to France for a go on some of the TEE routes.
A cabride on 1470 in 1922.
a frosty February morning spent on the east end pilot at my station, a nice toasty hot 08, shunting back and forth or just sat in the middle line , watching a procession of Westerns and Warships.
A full circular day on and around the Knotty pre-Great War. Cheadle branch, stop off at Blythe Bridge to get across to Foxfield, Stoke, Potteries loop line, Biddulph Valley (with Heath's ironworks) and Churnet Valley to Uttoxeter.
Ooh can I come too!?
You forgot the wonderful Leek and Manifold Valley Light Railway from the middle of nowhere (Waterhouses) to the back of beyond (Hulme End) - and back again. Slooowwwwly, and probably with time for a reflective pint or two of something dark and frothy at the Manifold inn.
Well have to make a weekend of it then! Plus shedbunking stoke on trend at the same time of course.
Here's a thought, at that time would we get odd looks for taking down loco numbers? I know it had been invented, but common?
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