Oct222012

Video of Britannia's first run

Published by Chris Draper at 7:49 PM under Britannia | Operating Days | Steam Locomotives

Noel captured these two clips of Britannia's first run. For those unfamiliar with the WCR the bridge featured in the first shot is on a 1in40 downgrade with pointwork not far off the bottom edge. Being the first run I was also unfamiliar with the locos braking characteristics so was taking it extra cautious.

Creeping across bridge one

The second shot is on the uphill grade and it was a joy to hear her exhaust beat. I look forward to putting a load on the drawbar and really making her bark!

Run up through tunnel

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Oct222012

Steaming The Britannia for the First Time.

Published by Chris Draper at 10:22 AM under Operating Days | Steam Locomotives | Britannia

It has been a wet Labour weekend - but that did not stop us having fun.

Grant (of Squirrel Valley Fame) came up for the weekend and we ran the wheels off the rolling stock between showers.

Steamed the Britannia for the first time on Sunday Morning - it was raining so hard we had to do so in the confines of the shed.

Noel turned up just after lunch, and the rain had eased so we decided to do a few laps. Four hours later we were still going when the weather packed in again and we called it a day with a beer.



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