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Trainspotters

Thanks! I stole them myself!

Totally random (and, yes, I nicked them)...

45154 Lanarkshire Yeomanry. One of only four of a total of about 900 that were named, standing in the burned out shell of Preston shed in 1961...

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Preston Station 1963 - BR Standard Pacific No. 70018 'Flying Dutchman' waits at the north end of platform 3 for its next duty. Once the pride of Cardiff Canton MPD, but never fully utilised and annual mileages had steadily dropped to a poor secondary level.

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OK so now I feel old.

Anyone up for spending a day on a heritage rail tour with classic traction newly restored to the mainline in a retro livery?

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I can’t see us ever drooling over them in the York railway museum 🤷‍♂️
Well, not in our life time 😉

Sorry gents, but...


"NRM head curator Anthony Coulls joked that the train arrived at its new home earlier than expected - "which has got to be a first for a Pacer!"
 
Sorry gents, but...


"NRM head curator Anthony Coulls joked that the train arrived at its new home earlier than expected - "which has got to be a first for a Pacer!"

Not necessarily, Young Bobbage...

'On Wednesday it arrived at the National Railway Museum's Locomotion site in Shildon, near Darlington, where it will remain for the forseeable future. It is hoped that the Pacer - the first of the 'second generation' of the trains to be produced - will eventually go on display at the main National Railway Museum site in York following extensive redevelopment work at the attraction.'

Has anything changed since 2019 😉
 
Not necessarily, Young Bobbage...

'On Wednesday it arrived at the National Railway Museum's Locomotion site in Shildon, near Darlington, where it will remain for the forseeable future. It is hoped that the Pacer - the first of the 'second generation' of the trains to be produced - will eventually go on display at the main National Railway Museum site in York following extensive redevelopment work at the attraction.'

Has anything changed since 2019 😉

Apologies Sidney. Clearly not as up-to-date with the nodding donkeys as I should be. Will replace the Deltic spam with news of the preserved 142/143's for the next few weeks to help catch up.

Hopefully there will be a huge gala in York to celebrate the coral anniversary! Just hope it doesn't overshadow the return of Blue Peter too much...
 
Very much looking forward to seeing this return to the mainline... No, not the Pacer tour, that's already SOLD OUT...


"On Wednesday 30th August 2023 a major milestone was achieved with our Boilershop carrying out the official out of frames steam test on 60532 Blue Peter's Boiler, witnessed and passed off by our boiler inspector.
After an extensive overhaul, the boiler was slowly brought round to its full working pressure of 250psi and will now be fitted with insulation lagging and the outer cladding before being refitted to the frames.
Massive congratulations to our entire Boilershop team, Production Manager Mark O'Brien, Divisional Manager Richard Watkins and everybody involved."


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Blue Peter hasn't been on the main line for over 20 years now, but can you imagine window hanging in the first carriage for this back in 1994???!

"During an unscheduled stop at Durham station the inexperienced footplate crew overfilled the boiler. As the train departed south across Durham viaduct an initial slip was poorly controlled by the driver, who then reopened the regulator too early, probably worried about stalling on the bank up to Relly Mill. The force of the initial slip caused the boiler to prime, carrying water over into the regulator valve and jamming it open. This allowed passage of steam through to the cylinders, perpetuating the slip and accelerating the driving wheels. When the driver attempted to wind the reversing gear back into mid-position to halt the slip, the force of the boiler spun it into full-forward position, and the driving wheels reached a rotational speed of 140 mph before the cylinder heads blew off and the motion disintegrated...."


 
Pair of class 50's (50049 and 50007) due at Preston at 0935 for a 15min pathing stop this morning on the "The Pilgrim Centurion" to Edinburgh. Passes Lancaster at 1006

Returns through Preston at 2015 tonight with a 2min stop only.
 
You definitely don’t want to be in the way if The Flying Scotsman and (reportedly) The Royal Scot collide. Hopefully everyone’s ok.


Relatively low speed shunt apparently, less than 20mph with Flying Scotsman hitting the Summer "Royal Scotsman" stock too hard while coupling up. The two people injured are catering staff hit by items falling from shelves etc

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