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  1. Bulleid Pacific replied to the thread WCRC Special 11/11/17.

    Quite. Evil things, Brasso-guzzling Halls. ;)

    Nov 18, 2017 at 12:23 AM
  2. Bulleid Pacific replied to the thread Cathedrals Express to Alton, 2/12/17.

    Hmm. If it's diesel to Alresford, will probably bail at Alton. Santa season is not really the best time of year to hang about for a trip along the line, and it'll save me the bus fare back to Alton to catch the service train.

    Nov 17, 2017 at 11:41 PM
  3. Bulleid Pacific replied to the thread Cathedrals Express to Alton, 2/12/17.

    Hence why I'm bailing out on the MHR and returning back to Stevenage to collect my car and drive home. Not quite sure what the usual drill is upon arrival at Alton, though.

    Nov 17, 2017 at 10:18 PM
  4. Bulleid Pacific replied to the thread Cathedrals Express to Alton, 2/12/17.

    It makes more logistical sense this way, as following HR's logic, there would need to be a tender-first run from somewhere around the junction near Ash Vale to get from Ascot to Woking, then a run from Woking to Guildford, and then another...

    Nov 17, 2017 at 12:40 AM
  5. Bulleid Pacific posted a new thread.

    Cathedrals Express to Alton, 2/12/17

    Some timings for this are up, and it is fair to guess that it will be a Black Five (advertised as 45212, but you never know) from the beginning, judging by the maximum speed used to produce them. Providing these timings are not tweaked any...

    Forum: What's Going on

    Nov 16, 2017 at 10:50 PM
  6. Bulleid Pacific replied to the thread Bulleid Pacifics - Past or Present.

    It's not a visible indicator that the chassis is flexing to a great extent; instead, it is a manifestation of a two-cylinder locomotive's propensity to 'waddle' along the track when put under strain because there isn't an inside cylinder to...

    Nov 16, 2017 at 6:20 PM
  7. Bulleid Pacific liked Big Al's post in the thread Bulleid Pacifics - Past or Present.

    Can't add a great deal on this to what has already been said by folk like @Jamessquared and @Bulleid Pacific. Let's just think for a moment about the Bournemouth Belle that, before WWII intervened was loading up to 12 Pullmans of around 500 tons...

    Nov 16, 2017 at 6:10 PM
  8. Bulleid Pacific replied to the thread Bulleid Pacifics - Past or Present.

    There are some sources (Day-Lewis, I seem to recall) which appear to imply that Bulleid, having transferred to the Southern, discussed fitting thermic syphons with Gresley, who promptly fitted them to the V4. I don't think they are complex; they...

    Nov 14, 2017 at 11:24 PM
  9. Bulleid Pacific replied to the thread Bulleid Pacifics - Past or Present.

    I buy that. It's essentially what I think, too. I'd speculate that whilst the Nellies were good in the right hands, their reputation as being, shall we say, 'picky' in the hands of less experienced crews preceded them. Presumably at the time...

    Nov 14, 2017 at 9:21 PM
  10. Bulleid Pacific replied to the thread Bulleid Pacifics - Past or Present.

    Ellson was happy for a couple to be built for trial purposes only, leading Bulleid to forsee 'more arguments than engines", which prompted him to pursue the Pacifics instead.

    Nov 14, 2017 at 9:11 AM
  11. Bulleid Pacific replied to the thread Bulleid Pacifics - Past or Present.

    I was under the impression that Ellson was completely against eight-coupled passenger locomotives. I should have access to my sources later today to check.

    Nov 14, 2017 at 8:14 AM
  12. Bulleid Pacific replied to the thread Bulleid Pacifics - Past or Present.

    The issue was probably because weight was just as much a concern for George Ellson after Sevenoaks as the use of 2-6-4Ts at speed. Ellson retired from his position in 1944, so would have had some influence over the final weight of the...

    Nov 14, 2017 at 12:13 AM