If you register, you can do a lot more. And become an active part of our growing community. You'll have access to hidden forums, and enjoy the ability of replying and starting conversations.

Top Gear and The power of Clarkson

Discussion in 'Steam Traction' started by A4SNG, Apr 27, 2009.

  1. myford

    myford New Member

    Joined:
    Jul 13, 2007
    Messages:
    49
    Likes Received:
    22
    Unless you use demin water of course.
    Myford
     
  2. Eightpot

    Eightpot Resident of Nat Pres Friend

    Joined:
    Aug 10, 2006
    Messages:
    7,558
    Likes Received:
    1,802
    Gender:
    Male
    Occupation:
    Engineer Emeritus
    Location:
    Aylesbury
    Heritage Railway Volunteer:
    Yes I am an active volunteer
    In case it is not mentioned elsewhere, the program is being repeated at 9.00 p.m. on BBC2 tonight.
     
  3. RalphW

    RalphW Nat Pres stalwart Staff Member Administrator Friend

    Joined:
    Sep 11, 2005
    Messages:
    34,069
    Likes Received:
    8,026
    Gender:
    Male
    Occupation:
    Retired-ish, Part time rail tour steward.
    Location:
    Northwich
    Heritage Railway Volunteer:
    No I do not currently volunteer
    I see you have had experience of it as well...
     
  4. 46118

    46118 Part of the furniture

    Joined:
    Sep 16, 2005
    Messages:
    4,035
    Likes Received:
    187
    Watched the repeat, and I wish I had studied the gauge cocks more closely. I thought that the handles were in different positions on each one.
    I was just wondering if they were able to "stage" the low-water incident quite simply by use of the cocks.

    A footplate person will surely confirm.

    46118
     
  5. lil Bear

    lil Bear Part of the furniture

    Joined:
    Dec 11, 2006
    Messages:
    6,092
    Likes Received:
    1,427
    Gender:
    Male
    Occupation:
    Railway Technician
    Location:
    8C / 5D / 27C / 71B
    Heritage Railway Volunteer:
    Yes I am an active volunteer
    The gauges weren't isolated, the water was low. However, at a guess, the exhaust injector must of turned off and stopped putting water in, resulting the water level dropping. To get water in the boiler they had to use live steam which takes steam out of the boiler, hence they shut off. After the 10mins or whatever it is was the exhaust injector must of started working again so back to as they were.

    Either that or the crew staged it.
     
  6. springers

    springers Member

    Joined:
    Jul 15, 2008
    Messages:
    371
    Likes Received:
    17
    Gender:
    Male
    Occupation:
    Now retired,used to be at sea and later worked in
    Location:
    manningtree
    Heritage Railway Volunteer:
    No I do not currently volunteer

    Mike Notley in SR mentions subdued running before Morpeth and loads of smoke before normal service resumed after passing Pegswood.
    Colin
     
  7. No.7

    No.7 Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Sep 7, 2005
    Messages:
    1,617
    Likes Received:
    68
    Umm, I have been scratching my head about this. Yes we came down to 50 at Morpeth, but I'm pretty sure it's a restriction becasue brakes came on to bring us down. 60007 slowed to the same speed on 'The Coronation'. Also 60007 didn't recover until after Pegswood. That being said 60007's recovery was much more vigorous with 73 by Longhirst (Tornado 62), it's then uphill and 60163 does accelerate with 68 on the clock a mile and half later. That said I've looked through my log of the run and cann't see anywhere that we really backed off apart from for signals (Darlington, and in the latter stages) or restrictions like Morpeth.
     
  8. No.7

    No.7 Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Sep 7, 2005
    Messages:
    1,617
    Likes Received:
    68
    I’m not sure if anybody else read the piece by James May in The Sunday Telegraph motoring section yesterday. It’s a good piece and he is pretty complimentary about rail in general although he fails to point out that in 1949 the train would have omitted coal and water stops. Anyway he said the car won by about 10 minutes so if we hadn’t got stuck behind the stopper from Drem all might well have been different. We passed Drew in 37min 41s, already slowed by the first signal check. So the stopper must only just have been ahead of us. I’m sure we could have run the remaining 17.75 miles in about 20 minutes, which would have seen us about 7 minutes ahead of eventual arrival time. Maybe the car would still have won but it really would have been close then.
     
  9. Christopher125

    Christopher125 Part of the furniture

    Joined:
    Nov 30, 2005
    Messages:
    2,855
    Likes Received:
    555
    Location:
    Isle of Wight

Share This Page