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Posted by Steve Firth on December 8, 2008, 6:10 pm

 No idea, I can recall the articles which ran at about the same time as
the articles about trains that could scoop water from a trough in the
middle of the railway track to re-fill without having to stop.

Posted by Neon John on December 8, 2008, 7:57 pm
On Mon, 8 Dec 2008 18:10:36 +0000, %steve%@malloc.co.uk (Steve Firth) wrote:

if I can find them, I have some photos of steam locomotives doing the water
scoop thing.  My father took these pictures right after WWII.  He was also a
train buff.  These are all shot on large-format Kodachrome film and those are

I'm still amazed at the innovations in these early engineers came up with.in
one photo, the locomotive must've been doing 30 miles an hour, and water shot
out the sides at least 50 feet in the air.  I bet that was something to see in


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Posted by Owain on December 9, 2008, 5:23 am
 Neon John wrote:

This was shown in one of the British Transport Films shown on the BBC
recently - it might have been 'Elizabethan Express' - ah yes, a google
suggests it was:

"It is still well regarded in railway enthusiast circles for its
genuinely well filmed sequences showing the A4 as it was in mainline
use, for example showing the water scoop and corridor tender"


Posted by Rod on December 9, 2008, 4:54 pm
 Owain wrote:

Thank you for posting that. A route I travelled a few times in the days
of steam. The film really is amazingly good - frame rate seemed a bit
stuttery at times but the actual image quality is impressive.

The last time I did the route was around 10 years ago - and the speed
limits between Newcastle and Edinburgh meant that we almost certainly
travelled much more slowly than in the film (average was definitely well
below 50mph).


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Posted by harry on December 9, 2008, 7:43 pm

The locomotive yoou are thinking of is the "Tornado" (Stupid name)

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