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5 hours in 6 minutes.

Unread postby MRFS » Thu Aug 4, 2016 9:33 am

Filmed by a friend of mine, and frame formerly belonging to Pete2320 of this parish, here's five hours, sped up and in HD of Porthmadog SB. Youtube LINK

Long trains for the two foot gauge, aren't they?
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Re: 5 hours in 6 minutes.

Unread postby Richard Lemon » Thu Aug 4, 2016 3:52 pm

That is brilliant!
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Re: 5 hours in 6 minutes.

Unread postby John Hinson » Thu Aug 4, 2016 8:31 pm

I'm not sure he checked the tail lamp on the 17th train.

And I've done some fast token changes in my time but . . .

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Re: 5 hours in 6 minutes.

Unread postby Mike Hodgson » Thu Aug 4, 2016 11:36 pm

He''s doing well to get those L frame levers across so fast against their check locks!

Reminds me of an O gauge railway we used to run to a clock running at 8 times normal speed.
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Re: 5 hours in 6 minutes.

Unread postby MRFS » Fri Aug 5, 2016 8:42 am

John Hinson wrote:I'm not sure he checked the tail lamp on the 17th train


:)

No tail lamps to check. The FR doesn't use them!
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Re: 5 hours in 6 minutes.

Unread postby Mike Hodgson » Fri Aug 5, 2016 8:50 am

So how do you know you haven't lost a coach in section? Reliance on the Guard shouting the Ff-word?
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Re: 5 hours in 6 minutes.

Unread postby JRB » Fri Aug 5, 2016 2:42 pm

LV board, I think.
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Re: 5 hours in 6 minutes.

Unread postby MRFS » Fri Aug 5, 2016 5:04 pm

Vacuum brake continuity. The FR hasn't used tail lamps since it became a light railway.
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Re: 5 hours in 6 minutes.

Unread postby Richard Lemon » Sat Aug 6, 2016 6:59 am

Down unfitted trains on the FR have a tail marker (red flag). Up unfitted always have a braked vehicle at the Caernarfon end. Separate rules for Summit to Tan y Grisiau.

Unfitted not allowed on WHR.
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Re: 5 hours in 6 minutes.

Unread postby Mike Hodgson » Sun Aug 7, 2016 10:00 am

OK thanks.
Except in darkness a LV board is effectively the same thing as a tail lamp.
I suppose the probability and consequences of losing a vehicle without a brake problem being noticed are less than on the main line.
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Re: 5 hours in 6 minutes.

Unread postby MRFS » Sun Aug 7, 2016 12:03 pm

Mike Hodgson wrote:OK thanks.
Except in darkness a LV board is effectively the same thing as a tail lamp.
I suppose the probability and consequences of losing a vehicle without a brake problem being noticed are less than on the main line.


I don't think gravity trains are run in the hours of darkness.

The consequences are worse than on the main line. Far worse. Continuous falling gradient, sinuous curves, large areas of land where evacuation by train is the only possibility.

Just because the FR is narrow gauge, it does not mean that the risks are less - in many ways (and I don't say this lightly) the consequences of operating incidents mid section are much more ..involved.. than the main line.

Don't mistake a non-main line for less hazardous - the FR is incredibly safe and very highly maintained.
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Re: 5 hours in 6 minutes.

Unread postby Richard Lemon » Sun Aug 7, 2016 12:53 pm

As Safety Policy Advisor to the FR, I can but agree with MRFS!

If an unfitted train ran after dark (and there is nothing in the rules to prevent this) a red light would be displayed - probably a Bardic!
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Re: 5 hours in 6 minutes.

Unread postby Pete2320 » Mon Aug 8, 2016 10:12 pm

Another point is that apart from Porthmadog, (and occasionally Rhiw Goch for the pedantic!) there aren't any signalmen to observe tail lamps.

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