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Steam Locomotive In Edinburgh Today

Sun May 17, 2009 7:20 pm

OK train spotters, what steam locomotive did I just see ploughing through the west of Edinburgh, heading south, at about 20:10 tonight? It was black with a Mallard-style sloping front and was pulling passenger coaches.
 
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RE: Steam Locomotive In Edinburgh Today

Sun May 17, 2009 7:43 pm

Apparently there's a Steam Dreams railtour going on, with a day trip involving two locomotives, Union of South Africa and Sir Nigel Gresley, both A4 Pacific - the same class as Mallard.

Thanks for pointing this out - I have now learned that the former locomotive is hauling a steam journey to York tomorrow, and will be passing over Durham Viaduct. I have long thought a picture of the viaduct would be made complete by the presence of a steam train crossing it, and this could well be my chance to get that shot.
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RE: Steam Locomotive In Edinburgh Today

Sun May 17, 2009 8:00 pm



Quoting IH8BY (Reply 1):
Apparently there's a Steam Dreams railtour going on, with a day trip involving two locomotives, Union of South Africa and Sir Nigel Gresley, both A4 Pacific - the same class as Mallard.

Thanks!

There was another one a few weeks ago but it was more "conventional" looking. I was never a particular fan of steam engines but I have to admit that these days they do make a welcome change from the diesel-electrics that usually disturb my TV viewing from time to time. Fortunately I'm on a less used goods line rather than a main line.  Smile
 
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RE: Steam Locomotive In Edinburgh Today

Sun May 17, 2009 8:54 pm



Quoting David L (Reply 2):
Fortunately I'm on a less used goods line rather than a main line.

Ah, you see I'm literally a stone's throw from the East Coast Main Line. To be honest, I rarely notice the trains going past these days. Oh, except the heavy goods train that comes past at 0215. The lamp on my desk sways from side to side in a distinctly unnerving manner!
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RE: Steam Locomotive In Edinburgh Today

Mon May 18, 2009 9:01 am



Quoting IH8BY (Reply 1):
I have long thought a picture of the viaduct would be made complete by the presence of a steam train crossing it, and this could well be my chance to get that shot.

You can almost guarantee it will be raining  Silly

Quoting David L (Reply 2):
they do make a welcome change from the diesel-electrics that usually disturb my TV viewing from time to time. Fortunately I'm on a less used goods line rather than a main line

I dont remember ever hearing the trains passing - although we were slightly round the corner facing the main road. I do remember hearing all the busses passing though!
 
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RE: Steam Locomotive In Edinburgh Today

Mon May 18, 2009 12:22 pm



Quoting Nighthawk (Reply 4):
I dont remember ever hearing the trains passing - although we were slightly round the corner facing the main road. I do remember hearing all the busses passing though!

There aren't many. Sometimes there can be none for a few days and then there can be four within half an hour. It's all very well people saying "you'll get used to it" but it doesn't change the fact that I have to turn the TV up quite loud while they pass and it doesn't half ruin the moment during a good film.

The worst, though something I have got used to, is caused by a signal near my house. There are times at 3 or 4 in the morning when the signal's been at red so a loco will coast towards it silently. Then, just as it passes opposite me, the signal changes, the engine revs and it sounds as if it's about to plough through my bedroom window. Scared the *&^% out of me the first time it happened!  eyepopping 

Quoting Nighthawk (Reply 4):
I do remember hearing all the busses passing though!

Not so much buses but there are a lot of very noisy vehicles. All the noise from Slateford Road seems to be funneled between the two terraces, including the weekly passing adolescents who've just discovered alcohol and feel the need to shout it out to the world.  sarcastic 
 
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RE: Steam Locomotive In Edinburgh Today

Mon May 18, 2009 12:49 pm

Here she is; photos didn't end up quite the way I wanted them to, but ah well... I suspect that as usual the problem was somewhere between the viewfinder and the ground...
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RE: Steam Locomotive In Edinburgh Today

Mon May 18, 2009 1:13 pm



Quoting IH8BY (Reply 6):
Here she is

Yup, that looks about right - I didn't take the number  biggrin .

Quoting IH8BY (Reply 6):
photos didn't end up quite the way I wanted them

Looks good to me.
 
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RE: Steam Locomotive In Edinburgh Today

Mon May 18, 2009 6:53 pm

Was this anything to do with the filming for the new series of Top Gear over the weekend?

http://www.autotrader.co.uk/EDITORIA...ashes_wedding_covered_in_soot.html

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