onsdag 16 april 2008

A bit of light relief

This LMS class 5 seems to be getting away from a stop at Nuneaton station with remarkable acceleration, and with 8 mark 2 coaches - around 280 tons - and in the rain as well, so the track would have been slippery.

I wonder if the driver is usually on Voyagers, thought he would try the same thing with the steam locomotive, and found that he could. These machines can deliver much more than their rated power for short periods which is why they can get a train away from a station so quickly. The boiler serves as an energy reservoir.

Bearing in mind that a steam locomotive can be run on anything that will burn, isn't the time approaching when they should be bringing them back into service?

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