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Crossflow Kid

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8,974 posts

88 months

Wednesday 2nd January 2013
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Yep, your eyes do not deceive you. Steam is returning to London Undergound.
As part of the 150th anniversary celebrations of the first underground railway service between Paddington and Farringdon in 1863, Met Loco No1 will be hauling a number of heritage specials on the Met Line, starting (IIRC) on January 13th...
Just don't wear your cricket whites...

DJFish

4,560 posts

160 months

Wednesday 2nd January 2013
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Presumably they'll have to disable the smoke alarms?

Crossflow Kid

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8,974 posts

88 months

Wednesday 2nd January 2013
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DJFish said:
Presumably they'll have to disable the smoke alarms?
And lots more besides. Other challenges have included the crews not being able to see signals and the CCTV cameras fogging up. All good fun.
The image is from the test runs in early December (without passengers)

ETA: Before anyone jumps up and down, although the traditional smoke/heat detectors are being worked round, other measures will be in place to ensure fire safety isn't compromised.

Edited by Crossflow Kid on Wednesday 2nd January 13:39

Max_Torque

9,329 posts

114 months

Wednesday 2nd January 2013
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Would be cleaner to use electric water heaters in the boilers, powered off the 3rd rail.......... ;-)

Crossflow Kid

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8,974 posts

88 months

Wednesday 2nd January 2013
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Max_Torque said:
Would be cleaner to use electric water heaters in the boilers, powered off the 3rd rail.......... ;-)
...or 4th?

mcdjl

2,534 posts

92 months

Wednesday 2nd January 2013
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No-one liked it when i said it!
http://www.pistonheads.com/gassing/topic.asp?h=0&a...

Does anyone know if spectators will be allowed on the platforms- the tickets having sold out already at over £80!

mebe

130 posts

40 months

Wednesday 2nd January 2013
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Now that, is somewhat cool. Hats off to those involved.

davepoth

24,727 posts

96 months

Wednesday 2nd January 2013
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mebe said:
Now that, is somewhat cool. Hats off to those involved.
Best to keep your hat on unless you want your hair to get covered in soot. wink

Crossflow Kid

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8,974 posts

88 months

Wednesday 2nd January 2013
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mcdjl said:
No-one liked it when i said it!
http://www.pistonheads.com/gassing/topic.asp?h=0&a...

Does anyone know if spectators will be allowed on the platforms- the tickets having sold out already at over £80!
Not heard anything to say you can't.

David87

3,482 posts

109 months

Wednesday 2nd January 2013
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Awesome! That's brilliant.

W124Bob

1,030 posts

72 months

Thursday 3rd January 2013
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Steam finished on the underground in 1971, in the mid 60's LU bought 11 ex GWR pannier tanks from BR putting them into service at Neasden and Lillie Bridge.They were used on engineers trains and a rubbish train.Of the 11 6 went into presevation,occasionally one is repainted in the LU maroon livery.This is the final run at the Barbican in '71.



Yertis

12,664 posts

163 months

Thursday 3rd January 2013
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W124Bob said:
Steam finished on the underground in 1971, in the mid 60's LU bought 11 ex GWR pannier tanks from BR putting them into service at Neasden and Lillie Bridge.They were used on engineers trains and a rubbish train.Of the 11 6 went into presevation,occasionally one is repainted in the LU maroon livery.This is the final run at the Barbican in '71.

You'd think they would have cleaned that up for the last run, it's filthy.

ninja-lewis

2,396 posts

87 months

Monday 7th January 2013
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mcdjl said:
No-one liked it when i said it!
http://www.pistonheads.com/gassing/topic.asp?h=0&a...

Does anyone know if spectators will be allowed on the platforms- the tickets having sold out already at over £80!
Lots of unofficial information here about spectating.

http://www.ianvisits.co.uk/blog/2013/01/07/best-pl...

1e35

473 posts

105 months

Monday 7th January 2013
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Crossflow Kid said:
Max_Torque said:
Would be cleaner to use electric water heaters in the boilers, powered off the 3rd rail.......... ;-)
...or 4th?
Been done before : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Electric-steam_locomo...

Crossflow Kid

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8,974 posts

88 months

Tuesday 8th January 2013
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Another test run tonight. Just leaving Chiswick now.
And yep, spectators can watch from the platforms (assuming you can squeeze between all the hard core spotters)

Justin Cyder

12,624 posts

46 months

Tuesday 8th January 2013
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It must have been pretty miserable to travel on the tube in the early days. When the first line opened in 1863, Palmerston declined his invitation saying that at the age of 78, he'd be better off spending as much time above ground as possible.

CDP

5,140 posts

151 months

Tuesday 8th January 2013
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Crossflow Kid said:
Yep, your eyes do not deceive you. Steam is returning to London Undergound.
As part of the 150th anniversary celebrations of the first underground railway service between Paddington and Farringdon in 1863, Met Loco No1 will be hauling a number of heritage specials on the Met Line, starting (IIRC) on January 13th...
Just don't wear your cricket whites...
Spectacular and unpleasant at the same time smile

Dogwatch

4,027 posts

119 months

Tuesday 8th January 2013
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Justin Cyder said:
It must have been pretty miserable to travel on the tube in the early days. When the first line opened in 1863, Palmerston declined his invitation saying that at the age of 78, he'd be better off spending as much time above ground as possible.
It was bad enough on BR when they were running steam on scheduled services - and that was in the open air (apart from tunnels)!


Sway

4,755 posts

91 months

Thursday 10th January 2013
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I'm in town next week, would love to go and have a gander, any timetable available?

Really hoping there's a service at a suitable time for an extended lunch hour...

Got colleagues coming over from Zurich so may have to drag them along without letting on why!

CDP

5,140 posts

151 months

Thursday 10th January 2013
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Sway said:
Got colleagues coming over from Zurich so may have to drag them along without letting on why!
Just tell them it's the normal service and about time the trains were updated.