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Tornado

Discussion in 'Steam Traction' started by Leander's Shovel, Oct 20, 2007.

  1. The Green Howards

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    I think the VAB would have balked at it, TBH: and if all Porta's ideas had been incorporated, plus all the intended testing needed, it wouldn't have been an A1 at the end of it.
     
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    Exactly. And I doubt that the funding would have come in either. An A1 was wanted - an A1 was delivered :)
     
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    Just wondering how gauge friendly an A1 would be with 24" diameter cylinders as opposed to 19" diameter as on Tornado.
     
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    Not even slightly?
     
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    I'm sure a Porta A1 would have been an amazing machine but getting permission to run it on today's network may not have been easy.
     
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    Impossible would be more like it.
     
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    Think both the Porta A1, and the 5- AT ideas we're born out of the frustrations of the advanced steam community in only finding the opportunity to Bolt -On solutions to somewhat ancient machines, at least in standard gauge Nevertheless the bolt- ons continue to be applied and seldom disappoint.
     
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    There you hit the nail on the head!
     
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    This came up at the P2 roadshow. All you would get would be a super Black 5 with the performance of Tornado, so why not just build the real thing. At least the design has a history.
     
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    I can see a fireman being very happy to get the performance of Tornado while only having to shovel two-thirds of the amount of coal. And something the size of Tornado with 50% more power could have its uses on the main line. Perhaps at some future date those of us who are still alive (probably not me) may see such a beast.

    Meanwhile, along with many others, I rejoice that we do have Tornado as it is, both for itself and because it showed the way for all the subsequent new build projects.
     
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    Looking at the tv listings tonight. BBC4 are showing Tornado The 100mph steam engine on Tuesday 13 February 10.30pm
     
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    I know I've watched it twice already, but I could happily watch it again, cheers! :D
     
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    It's on Youtube, albeit with adverts.

     
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    I lost my recording when my BT box got replaced so I've put it on record. A pity its not been released on DVD like Absolutely Chuffed was.
     
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    With 60163 due to leave the GCR(N) tomorrow, has its Support Coach been delivered to it at Ruddington or does it collect it en route? Or was Tornado transferred to road at Ruddington prior to winter maintenance? Sorry if I have missed something, it's hard to track her mainline movements on RTT under the 'ZZ' category!!!!

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    Move now cancelled due to paperwork issues. However I believe the coach was low-loadered in the same time as the loco
     
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    Ah thanks. Often wondered how / where mainline locos are loaded for onward road transport especially for the likes of the GCR who maintain mainline locos but lack a physical connection! Would have though the GCR(N) would be an ideal loading point to minimise road movements???!!!

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    The more publictity the better:)
     

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