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The Bellinghman
Date: 2009-12-23 15:49
Subject: Old tech saves the day
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As seen here: Passengers rescued by Tornado.

It's rather wonderful in its way that when the electric-driven trains were being disabled by ice and snow, a good old-fashioned A1 Pacific steam loco could carry the stranded passengers to London.

He said: "It was a nice way to finish for Christmas, though I think some of the rescued passengers didn't realise they'd even been travelling on a steam train until they got off."

Hmm. I wonder what they thought the plume flowing back along the train from the front was, then.

(Steam trains are wondrous things, but I wouldn't really want them back in bulk. Electrics can run in almost any weather, as the Swiss can demonstrate, and they don't have to run on hydrocarbons.)
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The Bellinghman
User: bellinghman
Date: 2009-12-23 23:39 (UTC)
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In which case, I happily stand corrected.
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The Bellinghman
User: bellinghman
Date: 2009-12-24 11:52 (UTC)
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Looking at the schedule that Tim linked to, it's not immediately obvious which use Tornado. Well, except where 'Peppercorn' appears in the title, of course. Following the links, the engine used for an appreciable number, but not all, of the trips up the line that passes hesadevil's property actually is Tornado.
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