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Sometimes old technology is the best

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Sometimes old technology is the best

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nadger
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Re: Sometimes old technology is the best

Like others who grew up in the age of steam I'd have loved to see that happen  Smiley
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Re: Sometimes old technology is the best

Ditto Nadger and I loved this quote...
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Mr Allatt...said..."If any of the train operators want to modernise their services by using steam trains, I would be happy to give them a quote."
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nadger
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I bet Pete Waterman was also chuffed  Smiley
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I too love steam engines - and occasionally get to play with them - ( not railway engines )
and i love to see the steam specials.
But let's get not be rosey eyed - the steam engines used on the railways were very very labour intensive, they needed hours of work in the yards preparing, and cleaning out, and needed many more engines to provide traffic requirements than a diesel or electric engine.
And they were very very less efficient.
But yes the Tornado project is wonderful
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Quote from: nadger
I bet Pete Waterman was also chuffed

Wrong thread for pun's nadger!!
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@Petlew - trust you to keep me on track  Roll eyes
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I like to keep to my station in life...
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Re: Sometimes old technology is the best

Also, it's worth bearing in mind that a diesel engine hauling a few passenger coaches could, I presume, have done exactly the same job as the Tornado.
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Yours for just £11.99 ...virtually Roll eyes
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Correct me if I'm wrong, guys, but isn't Tornado the traditional Pacific layout that I remember from childhood - 4.6.2  Cool
We lived in GWR land so same wheel layout as King class locos.
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I'm certainly no expert in steam engine design, but yes I think 4-6.2 became the accepted layout for most  high speed passenger locomotive - after the 1923 grouping I seem to recall ( from reading - not personal memory !!! ) that the four companies liaised on engine design and even exchanged loco's - whilst retaining their own autonomy .
The BR designs - such as Britannia's were also 4-6-2's - and i just remember them on the Norwich expresses - as I lived very close to the Great Eastern.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/4-6-2#United_Kingdom
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Kings were 4-6-0 - no trailing axle.