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Author:  70000 [ Wed Apr 12, 2017 6:13 am ]
Post subject:  Doing "The Ton"

News appearing this morning in the UK that the "new build" A1 Pacific "Tornado" was tested to 100 mph overnight.

Some info posted here, but none of the Farcebook links seem to work for me at the moment (may be as I'm not a member of FB.....)
http://www.national-preservation.com/th ... ph.909557/

Not surprisingly, there was no publicity about it beforehand.

Author:  Ken Middlebrook [ Wed Apr 12, 2017 1:50 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Doing "The Ton"

https://www.facebook.com/SteamRailway/p ... =3&theater

Author:  70000 [ Thu Apr 13, 2017 12:44 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Doing "The Ton"

Maximum speed reached was 101.6 MPH apparently.
This report from the BBC has been posted on YT.....

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=20ayS3AT7nA

Author:  PaulWWoodring [ Thu Apr 13, 2017 12:02 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Doing "The Ton"

And we fight over the crumbs over here.

Author:  robertmacdowell [ Thu Apr 13, 2017 12:08 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Doing "The Ton"

Because we fight instead of work together.

Perhaps because our role models squabble in Washington. Their role models won the Battle of Britain. They get A1s, we get Facebook.

Author:  John T [ Thu Apr 13, 2017 6:22 pm ]
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What is "The Ton"? I don't see how 100 MPH or the metric equivalent equals a long or short ton.

Author:  PMC [ Thu Apr 13, 2017 7:57 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Doing "The Ton"

robertmacdowell wrote:
Because we fight instead of work together.

Perhaps because our role models squabble in Washington. Their role models won the Battle of Britain. They get A1s, we get Facebook.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PWeaLGealHQ

I think it has to do with the English love of history, whereas a certain generation prior to mine in the US is (or was) all about Progress with a capital P, which saw the Automobile as Progress, which means trains are anachronisms to be swept away.

Author:  robertjohndavis [ Thu Apr 13, 2017 9:25 pm ]
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And they have the Heritage Lottery supporting steam, plus a government network favorable to things like doing the ton.

Rob

Author:  WVNorthern [ Thu Apr 13, 2017 11:12 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Doing "The Ton"

"Doing the ton" in modern urban language means going 100mph most often on a cafe racer type motorcycle.

From Wikipedia:

In Britain, a ton is colloquially used to refer to 100 of a given unit. Ton can thus refer to a speed of 100 miles per hour, and is prefixed by an indefinite article, e.g. "Lee was doing a ton down the motorway"; to money e.g. "How much did you pay for that?" "A ton" (£100); to 100 points in a game e.g. "Eric just threw a ton in our darts game" (in some games, e.g. cricket, more commonly called a century); or to a hundred of any other countable figure.

Author:  R. Hahn [ Fri Apr 14, 2017 7:34 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Doing "The Ton"

robertjohndavis wrote:
And they have the Heritage Lottery supporting steam, plus a government network favorable to things like doing the ton.


While the Heritage Lottery Fund helps some projects, keep in mind that Tornado was built without any Heritage Lottery money.

In case anyone didn't read the articles about this run, it was not just for publicity. Traffic on the privatized rail networks has been increasing to a point where it is difficult to fit in mainline steam excursions which are limited to 75mph. This run was done as part of an effort to get the limit raised to 90mph to allow more scheduling and route options.

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