- Favorite diesel or electric loco of the last 40 years(enthusiast nerd content )
Got to be the Class 45 and 46 peaks or the Diesel hydraulic Westerns class 52,s.
Power, noise and great looking machines that did the job asked of them.
Then for electrics the 81 to 85 series all look similar, but made electric traction fast and quiet for the drivers and travellers, and ousted diesel and steam off a lot of routes.Posted 7 years agojulianwilsonMember
I rather like the retro look of this one (SNCF cc 7100), still a few around in the 90’s and a four or five in the noughties but all retired from French rail network now:
Despite its rather non-aero look, it set a world record of 155mph in the 50’s. 😯
This exact one was one of my ‘local’ locos when I lived in the Pyrenees; love the seemingly pointless inverted slope windscreen.Posted 7 years ago
Don’t know a lot about loco’s except I like them. Probly the Deltic for me (Plus I like Chris Rea & he had an album called ‘Deltics’)Posted 7 years ago
Mind you I love the sound of a HST 125 as it accelerates out of Durham. (do they use Paxman diesels in them?)
I love the sound of any big diesel loco actually!Pik n MixSubscriber
Firstly I feel I have to duty to do this
I am the son of a steam enthusiast (fanatic) holidays based by railways, the great central staff being my extended family etc, I loved it.
lodious – Member
Deltic / Class 55..best name and best looking diesel.
made me smile. Dad had a real beaut model on his set at home, was perfect and by all accounts quite valuable.
He sold it to get me out of the shit and died before I could get another one.
So thanks for the memories with your nerdy post 😉Posted 7 years agofatsimon mk2Member
esselgruntfuttock helped build the last few engines (Valenta V12) for the hst125 when i was a apprentice at Paxman in Colchester also used to overhaul the marine version of the deltics(used on minesweepers)a beast of an engine seen one chuck a rod and piston thro the crankcase and still keep running on our test beds with very little drop in output power 😯Posted 7 years ago
Essexgruntfuttock I agree it has to be the Deltic, I think I saw something on tv a while ago bemoaning their lack of reliability.I also think they said the engines, as opposed to the locomotives, were called Deltic, built by Napier and were originally built for use in minesweepers. I could of course be wrong 😯
The HST engines I believe are V12 Paxman-ValentaPosted 7 years ago
esselgruntfuttock helped build the last few engines (Valenta V12) for the hst125 when i was a apprentice at Paxman in Colchester also used to overhaul the marine version of the deltics(used on minesweepers)a beast of an engine seen one chuck a rod and piston thro the crankcase and still keep running on our test beds with very little drop in output power
Thats crackers that is!
Still like me steam as well though, remember seeing Mallard, Silver Link & The Flying Scotsman blasting through Durham station when I was a little kid. Happy days.Posted 7 years agob rMember
Last 40 years? Its all faceless stuff and HST’s.
Love Deltic’s, we use to go and see (also hear, as it ‘whistled’) the Hull Pullman as kids, 0719 weekdays – remembering the time is seriously nerdy 🙂
And according to this, that’s pre-1978.
They became more unreliable as their maintenance was ‘reduced’ – I believe the engines were ‘leased’; guess someone else will know more?Posted 7 years agocheburashkaMember
So does pretty much everything on the main line these days, air brakes on rolling stock are slightly different to air brakes on other stuff… 😉
But back on topic. As a driver wouldn’t mind having a spin in a 92 – ticks most boxes:
Right number of wheels
Just shy of 7,000hp should do it (continuous)
Even go for a jolly through the tunnel if you wanted.Posted 7 years agoscuzzMember
So does pretty much everything on the main line these days, air brakes on rolling stock are slightly different to air brakes on other stuff…
But it’s an external, aerodynamic drag assisted braking device! I don’t mean pneumatic brakes, an actual we’re-going-so-fast-sticking-a-plank-of-wood-in-the-air-slows-us-down-loads brake!Posted 7 years ago
Isn’t that awesome?
East Lancs railway goes past my garden, and they were running the Class 55 deltics all weekend.
There were lots of anoraks with cameras out all weekend trying to get snaps or vids of the beasts at work. They sound incredible. Almost as good as the Warship class diesel hydraulics that sometimes run.
For steamies, in October they are running the Tornado. That’s always worth a look, too.Posted 7 years agobigyinnMember
Gary_C – Member
The HST engines I believe are V12 Paxman-Valenta
They were, but all the remaining HST’s have been re-engined with the MTU V16.
I think some have Paxman VP185s in them now. They also tried Mirrlees in a few Western PCs (mid ’90’s)
Anyway, my two faves
26’s lovely spluttery little 6cyl sulzer engines. Lots of fun with them in my youth.
Then the good old 47’s. Boring according to many, but much maligned. Largest class of loco in the UK by quite a margin. Just had their 50th year and still a few running on the mainline. Loved them on the Glasgow – Edinburgh push pulls and happy summer memories heading down to the South Coast behind them.Posted 7 years ago
Diesel weekend coming up soon on the SVR.Posted 7 years ago
I’ll get to see a Western go right past my house several times. 😀
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