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Steam Race
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Author:  TimReynolds [ Wed Aug 19, 2015 11:07 pm ]
Post subject:  Steam Race

This might be entertaining. I was thinking about the famous 611 - 1218 "race" during the 1987 NRHS Convention. Stateside we all know how exceedingly unlikely it would be to see such a thing again. Meanwhile across the pond this appears to be reasonably common as evidenced on youtube. Here's a good one.


So what has been the best "race"?

Author:  J3a-614 [ Thu Aug 20, 2015 3:02 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Steam Race

Whooee!!! That was fun, though I wonder how many complaints the railway got about smoke!

Among the cool things observed--getting to look into the kitchen of a dining car on the other train; the light in the cab from the fireman opening the door to shovel in coal; how that same light illuminates the smoke inside a tunnel; and at the end, how a steam train coming out of a tunnel is reminiscent of a surfacing whale blowing off (and gives us a blast from the safety valves, too).

All things so familiar to those who know even a little bit about steam.

I still wonder why the enertainment business does so little, does even less right, with railroad material. We can do better than Thomas, I say!

Author:  J3a-614 [ Thu Aug 20, 2015 3:16 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Steam Race

We once did more of this here:




Author:  TimReynolds [ Thu Aug 20, 2015 7:02 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Steam Race

Almost forgot about the 1989 844-4449 race


Author:  TimReynolds [ Thu Aug 20, 2015 9:05 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Steam Race

More parallelfahrt
The Pacific 18 201 is a 3 cylinder loco, and you can hear the distinctive 3rd chuff when the camera man is along side of it.

The American versions were done before every passenger had a high def recorder in smartphones. Hm time to change that...

Author:  TimReynolds [ Mon Oct 12, 2015 7:42 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Steam Race

Was taking in some footage of 261 and this one came up in the youtube feed. Double double headers!


Hm 611 and 765 sure would look good going around Horseshoe together...

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