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Severn Valley railway one of a lot

This is a rebuilt Battle of Britain class locomotive. The original Bulleid locomotives had his own design of valve gear which involved lots of chains and oil and was great when it worked. The rebuilt locomotives had the more conventional and tried and tested Walschaerts valve gear. (No I have no idea what I am talking about)  So here is a video...mind you it may not be accurate as he hasn't spelt the bloke's name right! 

 

Severn Valley railway one of a lot

This is a rebuilt Battle of Britain class locomotive. The original Bulleid locomotives had his own design of valve gear which involved lots of chains and oil and was great when it worked. The rebuilt locomotives had the more conventional and tried and tested Walschaerts valve gear. (No I have no idea what I am talking about)  So here is a video...mind you it may not be accurate as he hasn't spelt the bloke's name right! 

 

comments (22)

  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 1 Sep 2014, 00:33
Thats a lovely bit of kit, Bill.
Bill Phillips: Ain't that the truth?
this was a streamlined locomotive Bill... and it's a beauty... i used to see trains like this in comic books when i was a kid....petersmile
Bill Phillips: The unmodified ones had a "streamlined" casing Peter
http://www.docbrown.info/docspics/nymr/locoSRWCBB.htm
I like the reflections on the side. Frank will like this... smile
Bill Phillips: I wonder if he ever saw one as they ran only down south and into the West country as far as I know
  • Lisl
  • England
  • 1 Sep 2014, 06:35
Imagine polishing THAT, Bill
Bill Phillips: I would love to!
It looks like a smooth operator, Bill!
Bill Phillips: They were very fine locomotives. Bullied was an original
  • Chris
  • England
  • 1 Sep 2014, 07:31
Let's forget the valve gear (they've even spelt a simple word like Walschaerts wrong on the video) let us remember Sir Keith Park, after whom this locomotive is named. Without him I doubt if you & I would be here today.

Promoted to the rank of air vice marshal, Park took command of No. 11 Group RAF, responsible for the fighter defence of London and southeast England, in April 1940. He organized fighter patrols over France during the Dunkirk evacuation and in the Battle of Britain his command took the brunt of the Luftwaffe's air attacks. Flying his personalised Hawker Hurricane around his fighter airfields during the battle, Park gained a reputation as a shrewd tactician with an astute grasp of strategic issues and as a popular "hands-on" commander. However, he became embroiled in an acrimonious dispute with ambitious Air Vice Marshal Trafford Leigh-Mallory, commander of 12 Group. Leigh Mallory, already envious of Park for leading the key 11 Group while No. 12 Group was left to defend airfields, repeatedly failed to support No. 11 Group. Leigh-Mallory and his Big Wing (led by Douglas Bader) often ran amok through No. 11 Group airspace confusing the UK's defences. Quintin Brand's No. 10 Group in the South West successfully supported No. 11 Group when required despite having far more arduous defensive duties in its own area than No. 12 Group.

Park's subsequent objection to Leigh-Mallory's behaviour during the Big Wing controversy may have contributed to his and Dowding's removal from command at the end of the battle, but neither Park nor Dowding had much time for internal politics and fell easy prey to their waiting critics. Richard Saul of 13 Group on the other hand, wrote to Park on learning of his pending departure from No. 11 Group, commenting on "the magnificent achievements of your group in the past six months; they have borne the brunt of the war, and undoubtedly saved England". Park was to remain indignant however over his and Dowding's treatment for the rest of his life. Park was posted immediately to Training Command before seeing later high ranking service in the Mediterranean and elsewhere, while Dowding was sent to America.

Park's No. 11 Group RAF were coordinated by fighter controllers in the No. 11 Group Operations Room in the underground bunker, now known as the Battle of Britain Bunker at RAF Uxbridge. Park himself was not based in the bunker but did visit to impart his wisdom at numerous key points during the battle, along with visits from the Royal Family and Winston Churchill. Among the many air battles fought over Britain, Park personally commanded RAF forces on several important dates; 13 August (Adlertag), 18 August (The Hardest Day) and the 15 September (Battle of Britain Day).
Bill Phillips: Well thank you for stealing my thunder for tomorrow. The only thing left is that both Keith Park and Oliver Bulleid were Kiwis
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 1 Sep 2014, 07:36
She looks like Wilhelmina the Lionheart!
Bill Phillips: They were beautiful engines Philine.
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 1 Sep 2014, 07:43
A real monster.. Love it.
Love the YouTube... love the techie stuff.
Bill Phillips: Pity they spelt the name wrong grin
  • blackdog
  • This Sceptred Isle
  • 1 Sep 2014, 08:25
Pretty impressive Bill.
Bill Phillips: I used to love them when I was a kid...still do.
Superb machine which seems to come out straight from the box Bill!
Bill Phillips: It has been beautifully restored. One of my favourite classes of locomotive Richard
  • gutteridge
  • Where latitude and attitude meet
  • 1 Sep 2014, 09:20
Good photograph Bill...yawn.
Bill Phillips: You will be asleep by the end of the week
  • Richard Trim
  • Suffolk: where the sun rises first in England
  • 1 Sep 2014, 09:35
I hate it when engines are so squeaky clean (it looks as if you have just taken it out of the box). Engines should be oily sooty smokey dirty noisy steamy shuddering beasts.
Bill Phillips: That was how they were when British rail was in charge. Once upon a time they were lovingly cared for by their drives and firemen
  • Alan
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 1 Sep 2014, 12:40
Ahhhh.. good to see a Southern Region locomotive on GWR rails. The un-rebuilt "spam cans" did suffer with their chain driven valve gear but were greatly improved with the Walschaerts valve gear. If you think this is complicated, wait to you see Joy valve gear. The Battle of Britain locos used to pull the "Bournemouth Belle" - all Pullman coaches.
Bill Phillips: The original ones had a very distinctive sound. You could always tell when one was coming. I was chatting to the driver and he said he preferred the unmodified ones to drive, which surprised me.
So very nostalgic, Bill.
Bill Phillips: At least I could afford to travel by train then!
Blimey reading this I thought you were the world authority on the subject !
Bill Phillips: I know very little. Certainly less than my namesake or Mr Walbey
thundering shot Bill, on several levels.
Bill Phillips: Thanks Ayush smile
Having seen several of these rebuilts at the GCR I am impressed greatly by them as locos, this one looks very fine in B.& W. Why am I not surprised Astrid liked the video, at Cosford she wanted to take one of the stationary jet engines, or similar, to bits whilst we were chatting.
Bill Phillips: The ultimate for me were the Merchant Navy class. They were just magnificent to see and hear. No there is no surprise that Lady P liked the video Brian
Lovely loco' ,Bill, I never saw one of these, but they are similar to the L.M.S. Brittania class I think.
Bill Phillips: They do have the look Frank.
I'll bet that model was an hour or two in the making! Lovely image, Bill.
Bill Phillips: Airfix kits have improved beyond all recognition Tom
You picked the perfect angle for this shot, Bill. Not only to you get a great view of this beauty but you get to see the tracks and the scene beyond.
Bill Phillips: The beauty of a wide angle lens Beverly
A majestic locomotive engine Bill, nicely captured.
Bill Phillips: They were indeed Fred
A great modern looking engine...

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