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Swanage Railway: SLL 'Drive & Fire' 2013

Postby 34053 » Tue Oct 15, 2013 11:02 am

Matthew (Wedgy) and I were very fortunate to be able to be part of this year's 'Drive & Fire', on Thursday 10th October. The Locomotive this year was 'original' (unrebuilt) 'Battle of Britain Class' 34070 'Manston'. (Rebuilt 'West Country Class' 34028 'Eddystone' was the scheduled Service Train Locomotive). Matthew did the Driving from Swanage to Norden (with me Firing) and vice versa for the (Tender first) return journey. (Wedgy was still suffering somewhat from his Chester Marathon on the Sunday and I think he was grateful that the gradients are mostly 'falling', on the return leg, and did not have to shovel as much coal as I had to on the outward leg!). I must say that I really do enjoy the Firing and soon got back into the correct rhythm, facing the Driver, keeping both feet apart and in the one position whilst shovelling (left to right) from the Tender and into the Firebox, to the required locations.
The weather was perfect that day, with sunshine all the way.
A fantastic 'perk' of being a Shareholder in Southern Locomotives Ltd .

There are some photos on the SLL website; use the following link to see them (Pics 1 to 18 incl).We feature in one of them:

https://picasaweb.google.com/1168391414 ... 3886760322

Make sure that you read the captions underneath each photo.

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Re: Swanage Railway: SLL 'Drive & Fire' 2013

Postby Dan4th » Tue Oct 15, 2013 3:45 pm

Nice pic of you and that other guy :p

And as usual I see you had something
to say while the pic was being snapped :))

All-in-all a superb report, Ray :ymapplause:

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Re: Swanage Railway: SLL 'Drive & Fire' 2013

Postby Minty4371 » Wed Oct 16, 2013 12:37 pm

Thank you for your report Ray, and for the link to the photographs. Glad you had a good time.
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Re: Swanage Railway: SLL 'Drive & Fire' 2013

Postby 34053 » Wed Oct 16, 2013 5:03 pm

Thank you Robert and Dan. Yes, I always look forward to the 'Drive & Fire' day. It's nice to get my hands on 'working' versions of the Locomotives which we help to Restore/Overhaul. Brilliant!!! :D :D :D

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Re: Swanage Railway: SLL 'Drive & Fire' 2013

Postby 34053 » Mon Oct 21, 2013 4:46 pm

Here is a YouTube clip (courtesy of Southern Locomotives Ltd) showing the folowing:

- 34070 'Manston departing Swanage Station on one of the 'Drive & Fire' trips. Note the classic 'Bulleid wheel slip' at the start.

- 34028 'Eddystone' departing Swanage Station on the Saturday for the first trip of the day (a 'Footplate Experience' Train) hence the reason why all the cylinder drain cocks are open. This is to ensure that any water in the cylinders is totally cleared; water does no compress and can do a lot of damage to the cylinders if not removed. Gives quite an atmospheric shot though, doesn't it! :D (You can actually see water being ejected from the Right Hand Cylinder (the one nearest the camera).

- 34070 'Manston' at Harman's Cross with a 'Service Train' on the Saturday (with some SLL members, from the AGM, taking it all in, from the road bridge).



Enjoy :) :) :)

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