High speed steam pacing spanish stye

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High speed steam pacing spanish stye
Posted by Mario_v on Saturday, July 01, 2017 10:06 AM

Hello all ;

Here's a video depcting some high speed pacing of a Spanish Niagara after being restored. Legend says that in this trip, speeds of 85 Mph wre reached, and it was quite easy for  the locomotive to reach it (it was far away form its limits). enjoy.

 

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Posted by Firelock76 on Saturday, July 01, 2017 1:39 PM

Oh wow, that was so cool!  Thank you Mario!

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Posted by RME on Saturday, July 01, 2017 3:12 PM

And this is only Part 1!

The only major drawback of these locomotives was that, in order to get them to fit contemporary turntables, they were fitted with such tiny tenders that their effective nonstop range was severely restricted.  (I have never quite understood why a multi-part tender, a 'connected' part with a large coal bunker and minimal water-bottom frame, perhaps with high overhang a la NYC PT Centipedes, and one or more bidirectional A-tanks with transfer piping at both ends, wasn't developed for these locomotives; that would have given the necessary turntable capability along with high treated-water capacity as desired.

Note the very capable double-chimney front end and its performance in these scenes. 

One note: This is not a 'Niagara' (which would be a Spanish-speaking 4-8-4, on NdeM) but a 'Confederation', like Cantlie's Chinese masterpieces, named after the Canadian prototype. 

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Posted by BigJim on Wednesday, July 05, 2017 7:31 AM

Mario_v
Legend says that in this trip, speeds of 85 Mph wre reached, and it was quite easy for  the locomotive to reach it (it was far away form its limits). enjoy.

No wonder! With only two...count 'em...one...two cars! 

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