New record in South Africa

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James Powell
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Re: New record in South Africa

Post by James Powell » Thu Dec 14, 2017 12:06 am

In 3.5, it may result in a flangeless driver... right dad?

(note, it wasn't me who was speeding with the Caribou, and broke a flange !)

I think Don and Richard can attest- I go fast on 3.5". Mind, Don broke off a drain cock more than 25 years ago when the J2 came off at COALS. That was the same week that Dad & Don were at TSME and the transformer exploded due to lightning. I think "my" Britannia beat them both that year, driven by the builder. Dad made 22 laps in 20 min, meaning around 7.5 MPH on the ground, on a 3.5" gauge riding car...and I was quite a bit quicker than he was the only time they let me drive there. The most spectacular one involving me was on the circular track when I managed to fall off the riding car (which was 3.5" gauge, rather than 4.75"), sliding backwards, and then fell over sideways, leaving the train running. It would have been where the bases were on the stumps (so it was about 4' from rail height-ground), and I was lucky enough to just stun myself.

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Re: New record in South Africa

Post by chiloquinruss » Thu Dec 14, 2017 4:14 pm

With pit stops of up to 5 minutes per hour that makes their feat even more remarkable. That's 5 times 24 or 120 minutes when the train was NOT running.

In order for Train Mountain to attempt what it did took a lot of work beforehand. The course was just over 9 miles long and they spent almost a month prepping the track to help eliminate as best as possible any cause for a derailment. Fortunately there were none. Train Mountain's average speed was just a little under 10 MPH. The end result was a pretty good running track for some period of time for the rest of the members! :D

Congrats to the hearty steamers folks, job well done! Russ

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Re: New record in South Africa

Post by rkcarguy » Thu Dec 14, 2017 4:17 pm

That's pretty amazing that It ran that long without needing any maintenance or repairs. You'd think the firebox would need to be cleaned out in that much time. Likely ball bearings in everything? Or it was pretty sloppy by the time the run was done.

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Re: New record in South Africa

Post by Cary Stewart » Thu Dec 14, 2017 7:29 pm

A sort of related story from LALS in California.
A young David Rhorer and friends drove Dave's then new SR&RL No.5 for 37 hours non stop except for fuel, water, lube and crew changes at a Spring meet in the early 1980's. Oh, and the fuel was chunks or hard wood brought from the studio where Dave worked at the time. They contacted the folks that keep such records for an official run but it never came about.
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Re: New record in South Africa

Post by cp4449 » Mon Dec 18, 2017 11:10 am

Cary I say we need to try to break this record at LALS. Spring Meet? We could try for a 1” scale record.
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Re: New record in South Africa

Post by Harlock » Mon Dec 18, 2017 11:24 am

Cary Stewart wrote:A sort of related story from LALS in California.
A young David Rhorer and friends drove Dave's then new SR&RL No.5 for 37 hours non stop except for fuel, water, lube and crew changes at a Spring meet in the early 1980's. Oh, and the fuel was chunks or hard wood brought from the studio where Dave worked at the time. They contacted the folks that keep such records for an official run but it never came about.
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When I read this article I thought of Dave's run. It was probably much more leisurely than this express train. :)
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Re: New record in South Africa

Post by Cary Stewart » Tue Dec 19, 2017 8:59 pm

Dave and crew were going for distance not speed as there were other trains on the track. I think this run happened before the East expansion was done or was it after the full expansion was completed in spring 1984?
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