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  •  OK...a few points.... (3+ / 0-)
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    BRog, Joy of Fishes, markdd

    1. The 'heritage' rail scene in the UK is partially sustained by many rich individuals and/or groups who own preserved mainline steam locomotives ( particular 4-6-0 and 4-6-2 ). These need to be worked on longer 'special charter' excursion trains, if possible, whilst being based at 'heritage railway' museums. This generates the maximum revenue for these expensive toys! Hence the need for access to British Rail metals.

    2. Yes, there is restricted access to all railways, everthing is (theoretically) fenced (therefore no need for cow catchers...our cows are exceedingly polite, and would not DARE intrude on private property without being being invited (switches 'snark mode' off)

    3. NO large lights (see 2)

    4. The engine you see above was designed for SHORT range working, usually in a freight yard situation, or very rarely on a branch line, therefore, although it CAN pull these coaches, it would not normally be used for this.

    5. The 'push me, pull you' arrangement is at the insistence of British Rail, who will NOT allow single engine working, back and forth, on their metals.

    'Per Ardua Ad Astra'

    by shortfinals on Tue Jan 15, 2013 at 09:49:04 AM PST

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    •  Fair enough (1+ / 0-)
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      Fences were less than popular in the American West.  Cattle barons ruled.

      Most of our heritage roads are private ventures, operating independent of the tier 1 lines.  Many operate on tracks abandoned by the big boys.  Most for the preservation of steam.  A few, see DRG&, in Colorado, are major tourist draws, traveling from a city to a 'tourist trap'.  

      There was a dinner train here in Seattle, it ran on old BNSF tracks from Renton to Woodinville. You had several courses of dinner on the way up, stopped at a winery, and had desert on the way back to Renton.  BNSF sold the ROW to the state for hiway expansion so the train went out of business.

      I can see BR's hesitation.  If one of those tourist trains breaks down on a mainline, havoc will ensue.

      I guess you should receive full marks for not posting a tank engine...8^)

      “that our civil rights have no dependence on our religious opinions, any more than our opinions in physics or geometry.” Thomas Jefferson

      by markdd on Tue Jan 15, 2013 at 11:07:32 AM PST

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      •  More engines on the way, I promise (plus preserved (1+ / 0-)
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        ...railway buildings)

        'Per Ardua Ad Astra'

        by shortfinals on Tue Jan 15, 2013 at 11:13:59 AM PST

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      •  My cousin and I took an excursion.. (1+ / 0-)
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        ...on the Great Central Railway, from Quorn, Leicestershire, this year. They very often have 'dinner specials'

        'Per Ardua Ad Astra'

        by shortfinals on Tue Jan 15, 2013 at 11:15:21 AM PST

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        •  OK for the next engine I want the Deltic (2+ / 0-)
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          So all America will know whats in Richard Scarry books.
          And try and work in a picture of Robin Hood riding one! ;-O

          Happy just to be alive

          by exlrrp on Tue Jan 15, 2013 at 11:42:14 AM PST

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          •  You will have to wait until later this year for... (1+ / 0-)
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            ....the 'Deltic', BUT, I promise to do one on the 'Peak' Class, which were the immediate successors to the 'Deltic' - apart from the Napier engines, of course, they look quite similar.

            THOSE photographs are already in the Imperial 3-terabyte 'brick' ! (I like the one of D8, 'Great Gable' the best; there are only two preserved examples of the 10 'Peak' locos left, and I have both of them on file).

            'Per Ardua Ad Astra'

            by shortfinals on Tue Jan 15, 2013 at 01:23:54 PM PST

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