Sir - this is pretty old news, having taken place in late fall. the loco - the A1 Peppercorn Pacific 'Tornado' - is presently guest of honour at the national railway Museum in York, after having been painted out in LNER green/BR - the colours in which it will run for the forseeable future....
It has been running around on the main line with trials hefty trains for a few weeks - much of which can be seen on youtube - awaiting clearance to run up to 90mph - there are other threads on this subject.
Posted By steamtom1 on 01/04/2009 11:20 AM
It may be old news, but thanks for posting it, anyway. Those of us on this side of the pond sometimes miss things like this.
This is the first page of threads about 'Tornado' ont this very live-steam forum - there are a tleast three more pages like this .....sorry about the OT threads, but the search seems to lock on to a word.........
But my son said it was front page news on todays BBC and said I must see it. I saw it and thought the guys in the USA might like to see it as well. I hope they did like to see it. If they do not like it I will of course refrain from submiting things in the future.
If you study British railway practice you will find that locomotives for main and branch line service, as opposed to say industrial or quarry service, had forwad-pointing drain cock lines. The primary reason for this is as follows: Most British main and branch line stations of consequence were arrange with raised platforms so that passengers boarded and disembarked by stepping directly from the carriage onto the station platform and vice versa. Clearance between the carriage sides and the platform edge was a matter of inches (remember "Mind the Gap" T-shirts?) and was part of their standard loading gauge. The track-side edges of the platforms were supported by a masonry face several feet high and over the millenia these faces became caked with oil-soaked dirt, cinders, and soot.
If a locomotive standing at a station platform or simply passing through opened cocks which pointed laterally rather than forward a good portion of that accumulated residue would be blasted up through the gap and anyone standing on the platform or in an open carriage window would be blasted with the oily grit. Not a pretty sight. Hence forward-pointing drain cock lines.