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Steam loco survival myths

Discussion in 'Steam Traction' started by John Petley, May 7, 2015.

  1. GWR Man.

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    The French counted the axles and not the wheels as we did, so a 1-4-0 we would call a 2-8-0. Also the axle numbers formed part of the engine number so A3 Flying Scotsman could be 231 A 4472
     
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    Probably why they fell overboard, they were unbalanced.
     
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    Thanks.
    I knew I should have put a smiley in that post.
    What did someone say earlier about humour in their posts.
     
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    The French government decided to convert the railways to mono-rail to save the amount of rails needed.:Happy::D
     
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    This one?
    http://www.poppletonrailwaynursery.co.uk/railway.html
     
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    Just to throw a bucket of cold water reality over the Ryarsh story - the brickworks, according to the Industrial Railway Society 1968 handbook, had a 2' gauge line and a dismantled petrol driven Motor Rail loco. Quite easy to bury I should imagine. As everyone knows the strategic reserve is hidden in tunnels at Glen Douglas near the nuclear submarine base. Thats why the ScotNats were so desperate for independence so they could get their hands on it.
     
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    Sorry - forgot the wink on my last post.
     
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    Bang goes my hopes that it might have been a D1 or and E1! :)
     
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    What about the standard gauge Fairlie in South Wales boiler used in a drain? Lets not forget'me', D6332 ;Barn-find' NBL diesel; after 42 years, if you steam punks can be turned to the dark side...
     
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    Iam intrigued about the last post what is the
     
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    standard gauge fairlie thing and d6332 barn find .?
     
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    Sorry- struggling to follow this post- I assume its a bit of leg pulling?

    Chris
     
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    I think m&amp is on about the power unit thats from the 63xx thats at Bo'ness I think it's been started up recently too. We just need a loco to put it in now.
     
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    The boiler shells of "Mountaineer" an 0-4-4-0 built in 1870 by the Fairlie Engine & Rolling Stock Co. reputedly used as a culvert at West Dock, Burry Port some time in the late 1890s
     
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    A better, and actual, example would have been 21C1
     
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    I know the 'Mountaineer' may not go again, be interesting to know if any local archaeologists over in South Wales could look into its survival or not? Firebox must be on if it was used as a culvert.
     
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    I wouldn't expect the firebox to have been much use in a culvert, particularly as the dome aperture was in the top of it. Probably just the two barrels would have been useful.
     
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    Wrong "Mountaineer". That photo is the second experimental Fairlie built in 1866 for the Anglesey Central Railway. The one at Burry Port was built in 1869/1870 for a Swedish railway but sold instead to the Burry Port & Gwendraeth Valley Railway.
     
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