11 January 2010

The Only Train Running on Time.

A Peppercorn class A1 Pacific hauls snowbound commuters to Dover after power to the third rail failed, disabling the more "modern" electrics that usually provide motive power.
This site likes trains, especially when steam's on the point. Watts Up With That posted this photo back in December when Tornado, a Pacific (4-6-2) class locomotive, was the only engine running in southeast England. The remainder, electrics, were inoperative due to the cold.

In days past, the Brits used to name their locomotives — at least the larger ones — the most famous being The Flying Scotsman that hauled passengers from London to Edinurgh.

The Flying Scotsman in 1989. Note the name plate over the middle driver.
Said Mark Allatt of the A1 Steam Locomotive Trust,
"If any operators want to modernise their services by using steam trains, I would be happy to give them a quote."
Meanwhile, The Daily Mail has published an article suggesting that the world may be in in for 30 years of global cooling. Well, every cloud has its silver lining. Perhaps we'll see more iron horses as the glaciers advance. Small solace, but solace nonetheless.

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