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Tornado: 100 MPH Steam Engine Documentary 2017


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Old 11-23-2017, 11:30:27 PM
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Default Re: Tornado: 100 MPH Steam Engine Documentary 2017

It's interesting that they've made such a big deal about this when, supposedly, several people on the very first public run of Tornado all reported a GPS speed of 110 mph at one point in time. Also, there's an older video of Britannia supposedly making a 100+ mph run. I'm pretty sure they're doing it as an in-your-face to British Rail for handcuffing steamers on the main lines for decades, and forcing them to run at slower speeds due to imaginary safety issues.

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Default Re: Tornado: 100 MPH Steam Engine Documentary 2017

Great in-the-cab footage.

The Brits seem to have this thing for speed! I'd rather have a leisurely ride when you can hear the exhaust beats.
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The Brits seem to have this thing for speed! I'd rather have a leisurely ride when you can hear the exhaust beats.
Well Tornado did the 100 test to be able to play with the modern traffic on the mainlines without slowing down the other trains.

Meanwhile yesterday...
Tornado through the Night | The Chester Christmas Cracker - 25th November 2017
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rpcd0ZV3flM


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Compared to the Flying Scotsman?
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I don't know how many have watched the first video posted above but if you haven't you're missing some great stuff.
When the crew gets the go-ahead to shoot for the 100 MPH landmark it gets pretty exciting.......
That was a fast half hour too!.......

And just for you Ed........everything you'll ever want to know about the Flying Scotsman and a twist or two I never knew.



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Cyberbadger and Craig, thanks for the vids.
The Flying Scotsman and matching train came through here in about 1970 on its North American tour. It passed our farm at about 85 mph on the Canadian National main line. It was quite a small locomotive compared to our own, but impressive nonetheless.
Canadian National ran its 4-8-2 Mountain Type engine no. 6060 out of Toronto, mainly, through the 1970s. In the late '70s, it ran two scheduled trips a week in the summer from Toronto to Niagara Falls. I volunteered on some of those trips. On the busy commuter stretch between Toronto and Oakville, we were required to keep passenger train times. There were times we ran in the high 80s mph. It was quite exhilarating really.
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What's with the squeaky high pitched whistle?
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Playing with Thomas the train!
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N&W #611 was meant to run at speeds approaching 100 MPH, but after the great dismal swamp incident Norfolk Southern won't let steam excursions operate above 40 MPH. At least they are willing to let them operate at all, at least one carrier in the northeast US is outright hostile to steam engines and will not let them pass unless they are free wheeling behind an approved diesel-electric.

Tornado is a little different than most of the steam locomotives out there because it is a totally new build instead of a restored historic piece. Minor engineering tweaks present in the design compared to what an authentic example of that class would have carried allow it to slightly outperform what an original of the type would have accomplished. Its more like the Duke of Glouchester than any other locomotive in the UK, because they took the time to incorporate concepts that would really make it run well.
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