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Post  slipperman12 on Wed 27 Feb 2019, 10:52 pm

Hi All,
Came across this video today -


Cheers,
Ged


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Post  Jonathan David on Thu 28 Feb 2019, 2:31 pm

It seems to be have plenty of boiler pressure as there is steam coming from the safety valves, albeit not a great deal.
If this was an MSTS video I would say that the driver had forgotten to close the cylinder drain cocks. Presumably, though, it is just steam leakage around very worn piston rings. I am surprised it was allowed on the main line in that state if that is the case.
Or have I missed something?
Jonathan
Of course, it is set up for MSTS and running on OR!

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Post  slipperman12 on Thu 28 Feb 2019, 3:34 pm

Hi Jonathan,
Of course, it is set up for MSTS and running on OR!
I like that!! Very Good  Very Happy

Apparently, the driver was one Gordon Hodgson who was wellknown for getting the best out of steam locos.  There is a compilation of his work on YouTube - check out "Gordon Hodgson Man and Machine as one" - which includes most of this video.
According to the comments posted, Gordon said 'just after Tebay there was a big bang from the firemans side that bent all the valve gear so he then had to crawl all the way to the loop on just the one cylinder'.

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Post  RIGFindlay on Thu 28 Feb 2019, 9:05 pm

That is amazing. R

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Post  Jonathan David on Fri 01 Mar 2019, 2:47 pm

That explains the amount of steam escaping from the cylinder area. It could have been a real problem to restart if the locomotive had stopped.
Now that is something we can't simulate on train simulators.
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