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The Bluebell Explorer

Post  35005CP on Mon 11 Nov 2013, 12:28 am

Hi all,
I spent what seemed like an eternity out yesterday photographing and video'ing steam. Sorry about the quality, but weather was rubbish and so here it is..... I'm thinking HD Video Camera later on!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zoHCEW9umjo

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Post  Markh5682 on Mon 11 Nov 2013, 2:42 am

Thanks for posting Andy, it looks good despite the weather. OK 

There was a bit of wheel slip going on up that incline, it reminds me of when I was young living close to the WCML, and the steam goods trains that were checked at the signals at Standish junction northbound used to slip like mad for ages before they got going again, I saw a class 25 with a long excursion train of MK1's struggling up the same incline many years later doing about 2 or 3 mph on full throttle. (someone had got their sums wrong)


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Post  slipperman12 on Mon 11 Nov 2013, 10:05 am

Hi Andy,
Whenever I go out to photograph a steam train, it always seems to be raining!!

I particularly like the struggling Black 5 section (3:00 onwards) - being a Midland man, it's one of my favourite classes of steam loco Smile
I had to smile when that gentleman stood right in front of the camera - I bet you were fuming Evil or Very Mad Rolling Eyes 

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Post  mikehendle on Mon 11 Nov 2013, 12:00 pm

Hi Andy
Some thing strange there a Black 5 slipping and Bullied not slipping,the Bulleid's could even slip on the flat in the rain.

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Post  35005CP on Mon 11 Nov 2013, 1:50 pm

Thanks for the comments guys! The reason why the Bulleid didn't slip is because the crew weren't doing anything to help the Black 5 up the bank!!! Very odd considering when I was on the Midhnts whenever we were the banking engine, we did exactly that! Also seems that the Glands need re-packing on the Black 5. I wonder if it has been done between Saturday and today's excursion?
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Post  neanderthal on Mon 11 Nov 2013, 1:59 pm

Must admit it did seem strange that only one Loco appeared to be doing all the work,even if slipping a bit the Bulleid would have taken some of the strain.


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Post  35005CP on Mon 11 Nov 2013, 2:06 pm

Oh look I'm famous!!! Very Happy Cool 
On this Video at about 03:25. I'm seen at the left hand corner of the video!!! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WFuIDzfmCVI
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Post  neanderthal on Mon 11 Nov 2013, 3:48 pm

Handsome devil !!!!!


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Post  slipperman12 on Mon 11 Nov 2013, 4:18 pm

Hi Andy,
Gotcha!! Smile 
At least, later on in that clip, the WC did seem to be helping the Black 5 !

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Post  35005CP on Mon 11 Nov 2013, 5:31 pm

Cheers Roger! Smile 
Ged, to me it doesn't look like Braunton's crew are helping out? You can't hear the Converted WC working at all? i.e, no beat? But looking at the smoke, that tells me the driver only has the regulator open ever so slightly??
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Post  slipperman12 on Mon 11 Nov 2013, 6:10 pm

Hi Andy,
I take your point, and bow to your greater knowledge! I was going by the smoke, but the WC seemed to be coasting when it passed the camera.

Maybe it was done deliberately, so that the many videos being taken would have a more dramatic effect? Am I being cynical, or what??!!

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Post  bharrison on Mon 11 Nov 2013, 7:45 pm


Andy,

brilliant video, Tailing locos on the mainline can't assist the leading loco, 34046 looked great. A Black 5 to me a Loco that does exactly what you want can slog away or speed along, I noticed the person standing at the edge of the platform. Don't get me started on those I could rant for a week.



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Post  slipperman12 on Mon 11 Nov 2013, 7:57 pm

Hi Ben,
Tailing locos on the mainline can't assist the leading loco
Are you sure?
Have you seen the first part of that second video, as the train was leaving Victoria? Certainly looks as if the Black 5 was assisting!

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Post  35005CP on Mon 11 Nov 2013, 9:32 pm

Hi Ben; Ged and everyone else,
Firstly can I just say that the Black 5 was assisting 'Braunton' in the 2nd video and rightly so. The 2 main reasons; well 3 in fact is as well for the interest part of it, one of the locos was to be a 'Banker' as well as leading loco (Hence the 3rd reason)
To me the Crew on 34046 were being lazy! Hardly any steam; I suspect looking at the chimney; if my mate was on it as he was on the way in to the Bluebell, I am sure he would have helped. Also I am pretty sure I spotted ex-Nine Elms Man (70A) Pete Roberts on the footplate on the way in to the Bluebell on the Black 5?
As for that person in my video at Crowborough, he arrived well after I had setup and many others and ruined there's as well.... He wasn't at all popular! He knew what he was doing because of the look he gave us! I just wish I had told him to (Fox-Trot-Oscar) now!!
How any one can be that arrogant and get in the way when you have setup like that is beyond me?! He ruined that part of my video and any chances of photos....
Rant over I guess Evil or Very Mad 
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