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Blue Peter's mishap (1994)

Odin

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07/13/2019
Got linked to this video of disaster happening in 1994.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YjsNbzg1UaI

Have read that the engine actually was repaired and ran a little more after that before going into storage. More recently it was bought by a new owner and is in the workshop again with an expected return to traffic in 2020. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/LNER_Peppercorn_Class_A2_60532_Blue_Peter

But what has me wondering, are there more pictures of the aftermath anywhere?

I'm told the disaster was caused by the boiler's water being carried too high. When the engine slipped the boiler primed, the driver controlled the slip, but then reopened the throttle right away leading to it jamming full open. When the engine slipped again the throttle wouldn't budge, so the driver tried to crank the engine to neutral to stop it that way. Instead the engine was pounding so forcefully it threw the cutoff to full forward, breaking the driver's fingers in the process. Ultimately it reached speeds calculated in excess of 140 MPH before disentegrating. And from the sound of the damage, what finally did it in was not the rods shearing from the forces, but from the boiler continuing to prime in the excessive steam flow and the engine working water until it hydrolocked and simultaneously threw rods and heads.

I'm amazed that they were able to fix it again so quickly and had it in traffic again the following year until its boiler ticket expired. But a part of me wants to see what the aftermath actually looked like, if pictures of it exist.

What shape was the engine in when the wheels had stopped, and what did the workshop find of its internals when they got to taking it apart for repairs. That's what I'd like to see.
 
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