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Occasional Visits to "Other" Railways

Postby ParkeNd » Thu Apr 16, 2015 10:38 pm

These are a few of the shots taken last week on the West Somerset Railway. First two at Bishops Lydiard, and the second two at Williton.

Odney Manor being prepared to run around the train and head back to Minehead.

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A 2-8-0 goods engine.

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A surprise encounter with Farish's new release in green "Onslaught" in the flesh.

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I hadn't realised until I saw this photo how similar a Class 47 and a Hymek could look from the front.

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Postby skyblue » Fri Apr 17, 2015 7:50 am

Nice photos - I too hadn't realised how similar a 47 and a Hymek front end look until I saw that photo. I'd like to see some more photos if you're able to post them!

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Postby b308 » Fri Apr 17, 2015 8:10 am

Weren't they both products of that design set-up BR had in the late 50s/early 60s? There was a book about it "Better by Design" or something like that?

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Postby End2end » Fri Apr 17, 2015 12:12 pm

Well I've heard of the Bournemouth and Brighton Belle's but never the Quantock Belle.
Lovely pictures ParkeNd :D , and just a quick question.
On the second picture it shows a blue circle with an E in it on the side of the loco. I have one of those on one of my loco's and seen it on many others, albeit perhaps a different letter.
What is it for / what does it represent?
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Postby b308 » Fri Apr 17, 2015 12:31 pm

I suspect it's some sort of "route availability" restriction but no doubt some GWR enthusiast will tell us!

That book I mentioned earlier is worth a read on how BR designed the diesels and stock:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/British-Rail-19 ... itish+rail

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Postby ParkeNd » Fri Apr 17, 2015 3:27 pm

End2end wrote:--------------------------just a quick question. On the second picture it shows a blue circle with an E in it on the side of the loco. I have one of those on one of my loco's and seen it on many others, albeit perhaps a different letter. What is it for / what does it represent? Thanks End2end


I didn't know myself so I looked it up. The letter "like E" in a blue disc refers to the tractive power of the loco - apparently. :idea:

e.g. E = 33,001 lbf (146.8 kN)-38,000 lbf (169.0 kN) Assigned to Goods Classes 2884, 7200

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Postby End2end » Fri Apr 17, 2015 3:32 pm

Ahh so that's what it is :idea:
Sorry for my naivety but by "lbf" does that mean pounds of force? and by "kN" does that mean kilonewton?
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Postby ParkeNd » Fri Apr 17, 2015 3:46 pm

End2end wrote:Ahh so that's what it is :idea:
Sorry for my naivety but by "lbf" does that mean pounds of force? and by "kN" does that mean kilonewton?
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Yes to both.

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Postby ParkeNd » Fri Apr 17, 2015 4:03 pm

skyblue wrote:--------------------------- I'd like to see some more photos if you're able to post them!


Just a few more then - all on the West Somerset Railway. We'll save the SVR for later.

The WSR seems to me to be a very friendly railway. Here is the "seeds of interest" being planted for some more 50 year old railway modelers.


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Two more of Odney Manor. I just love all the brasswork on GWR locos. If I stepped back further on the second one a bloke kept jumping in front of me!

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Crossing over to the other platform to get a clearer longer shot. It involved a killing set of steps up to a road bridge, and then pinning myself against the wall to avoid being mown down by cars.

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Back at Williton. The WSR run long trains - 7 and 8 carriages - which don't fit all the platforms.

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Cornish pasty time while they waited for a Class 08 to arrive hauling goods - I think maintenance supplies.

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The front of North Star from a very cramped position.

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Postby End2end » Fri Apr 17, 2015 4:15 pm

Thanks for the enlightenment ParkeNd.
And those pictures....just oozing of charm :D
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Postby bike2steam » Fri Apr 17, 2015 4:22 pm

b308 wrote:I suspect it's some sort of "route availability" restriction but no doubt some GWR enthusiast will tell us!

That book I mentioned earlier is worth a read on how BR designed the diesels and stock:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/British-Rail-19 ... itish+rail


Yep, the colour indicates the axle weight restriction, with blue it is/was 17tons 12cwt maximum.

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Postby skyblue » Fri Apr 17, 2015 4:23 pm

These photos are great too. I really like the first picture of Odney Manor.

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Postby End2end » Fri Apr 17, 2015 4:34 pm

bike2steam wrote:Yep, the colour indicates the axle weight restriction, with blue it is/was 17tons 12cwt maximum.

Excellent additional information Bike2steam. Thank you. :)
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