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    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AuJ2JV6UcW0&NR=1

    This is what two men and a machine had to do everyday,

    It is compromised but this is what driving ateam engine was.
    In older days, it was harder on the fast 100mph express trains, but this video clip had eluded me, fiound it below , and the fireman has a good demeanour, sometimes on the older engnes with freight it was a bit more quiet, I don't think I can quite explain it.

    But is a rare possibly unique view of running an intercity train with hand-fired coal,these engines liked coal left and right with a thin fire a little in the moddle, where the train coms to a near stanstill with signals and then accelerates.

    This kind of stuff will be gone in a few years, not because the engines don't exist, but because the men who ran these 100mph steam engines will be gone.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q_scyNbRxyQ&NR=1

    shows a cup of tea, a driver who starts a train in full gear then backs off , getting the train up to speed then there is gradient, hardly any words are spoken. Best viewed in full screen.

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    oops I might have done too much which requires broadband, my apologies.

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    Quote Originally Posted by robmcg
    oops I might have done too much which requires broadband, my apologies.
    Ummm......don't we all have that these days? ;D

    Oh but then I was once asked ....in East Germany....Does NZ have electricity?
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    Last I heard there are about 50% of web users worlwide with dialup only...

    some parents don't like their teenage kids having broadband, but it's a bit like King Canute to try to stop it ... and young kids having instant porn...


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    Of course we don't need broadband for REAL pleasures...




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    Quote Originally Posted by Kwozzie1

    Ummm......don't we all have that these days? ;D

    Oh but then I was once asked ....in East Germany....Does NZ have electricity?
    Here is a great ad from Oz, I'm sure that Robbie will love it.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NRH6CFF-dFo

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    A couple of days ago I came across some pictures I took years ago at the National Transportation Museum in St. Louis MO. Lot's of pictures of the Chrysler Turbine car they have there but also a BUNCH of old railroad equipment. Including one of the GM locomotives they tried to sell in the early 50's. they couldn't sell them as the whole train was a single unit and you couldn't add other cars. I don't remember what it's called but I think it was the Futureliner. When I remember to scan them, I'll post a couple of photos here. The convention I went to was in the early to mid 90's so I'm sure everything is changed since then.
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    I used to see a Chrysler Turbine Car on the road here occasionally.

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    Quote Originally Posted by misterdecibel
    I used to see a Chrysler Turbine Car on the road here occasionally.
    It's in private hands now?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Eric
    Quote Originally Posted by misterdecibel
    I used to see a Chrysler Turbine Car on the road here occasionally.
    It's in private hands now?
    Apparently there are a few.

    I've seen two different examples on the road over the years, one bronze and one white.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jdm

    Here is a great ad from Oz, I'm sure that Robbie will love it.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NRH6CFF-dFo
    Excellent.

    Toyota do some of the finest ads on TV.

    Pity about the cars.

    btw my Chev LS1 parts arrived at my place from TX today by USPS. 20 days door-to-door. An award for efficiency due?

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    Quote Originally Posted by robmcg
    Quote Originally Posted by jdm

    Here is a great ad from Oz, I'm sure that Robbie will love it.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NRH6CFF-dFo
    Excellent.

    Toyota do some of the finest ads on TV.

    Pity about the cars.

    btw my Chev LS1 parts arrived at my place from TX today by USPS. 20 days door-to-door. An award for efficiency due?
    An award for getting there at all, more like.

    The USPS is a joke at best and my local P.O. is so bad that other local P.O.s are in awe. Some years ago the USPS was so bad that it could take three or four days for a letter to get from downtown NYC to midtown, anything of importance was sent either by messenger or by FedEx.

    When is the installation to take place? Does the shop have a torque wrench?

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    What need have I for cars?

    Here is a train like the one you rode down here 18 months ago. 40 less damn trucks on the road!

    The second one shows the train hitting the 3% grade before the 5.5-mile Otira tunnel upgrade, oxygen for the in the front, the rear engines do the pushing by radio/remote and the coal ttrains have seven engines.




    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4mZOIPDivVI

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OY_F0CYa5nk


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    Quote Originally Posted by jdm
    The USPS is a joke at best and my local P.O. is so bad that other local P.O.s are in awe. Some years ago the USPS was so bad that it could take three or four days for a letter to get from downtown NYC to midtown, anything of importance was sent either by messenger or by FedEx.

    When is the installation to take place? Does the shop have a torque wrench?
    USPS appear not to be able to track items. At least that wasn't offered for my package at US$120 postage 2' 6" x 9" x 1' 12lbs approx.
    Texas-Speed were good and said they were "getting a bit worried" after 20 days. USPS said they simply cannot track items overseas. I didn't blame Texas Speed. I dunno. Most services offer track'n'trace.

    Dunno when the engine build will take place. A few months or when it's winter down here maybe.

    The torque wrench is essential, for sure!

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    I apologise to USPS.

    I look closer and Texas Speed took my money 25 Jan incl $120 postage, the invoice was made 7 February postage was $68 only,


    so they were slow, not USPS. 12 days from US is OK. Pity it couldn't have been tracked.

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    Quote Originally Posted by robmcg
    What need have I for cars?

    Here is a train like the one you rode down here 18 months ago. 40 less damn trucks on the road!
    Nice, I hadn't realized that it was a pushme-pullyu configuration.

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    Quote Originally Posted by robmcg

    USPS appear not to be able to track items. At least that wasn't offered for my package at US$120 postage 2' 6" x 9" x 1' 12lbs approx.
    Texas-Speed were good and said they were "getting a bit worried" after 20 days. USPS said they simply cannot track items overseas. I didn't blame Texas Speed. I dunno. Most services offer track'n'trace.

    Dunno when the engine build will take place. A few months or when it's winter down here maybe.

    The torque wrench is essential, for sure!
    USPS is able to do some domestic tracking, maybe the premium rate material. I think that the others (FedEX, UPS and DHL) which do track might have cost a lot more.

    What you need is a second car, perhaps a RAV4. A long time ago I had a friend with an Austin-Healy 100? a 1954, I think. Anyway, a 4-cyl with a Laycock overdrive. Apart from once having the steering wheel come of in his hands while on the road, the Laycock was out sick most of the time (no doubt emulating those who had built it) and parts were very hard to get. He had to buy a second car in order to have reliable transportation.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jdm
    Nice, I hadn't realized that it was a pushme-pullyu configuration.
    Just for the tunnel, pushers are used uphill.

    It wouldn't do to asphyxiate the punters.

    If you wonder why there anglophilic steam train afficionados in the world, here is why... this verdant British Countryside Scene shows a 1953-built engine attacking Wellingon Bank which is I think steeper than 2% and where 'City of Truro' exceeded 100mph downhill in 1904 with an express from Plymouth where the trans-Atlantic liners used to berth for their NYC-London races...

    I also have found references for 5-minute sections from cab rides on NZR through tunnels alongside winding roads... but this steam engine clip will do in the meantime I think it was filmed just a few years ago. And you guys encouraged me to buy broadband....


    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cjV8t...eature=related

    As for the Austin Healey 100 , yes, that was a basic English 6-cylinder car, with all the attributes you describe, although the Laycock overdrive units either worked or didn't work. It was a feature to add spice to life. My 57 Jag auto gearbox had a similar solenoid system to prevent top gear engaging. I MADE it work, with incantations and humming "There'll Always Be An England" in the shower.

    It worked so well the box wouldn't engage top unless I throttled-off...

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    Steam trains caused global warming.

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    Quote Originally Posted by robmcg

    As for the Austin Healey 100 , yes, that was a basic English 6-cylinder car, with all the attributes you describe, although the Laycock overdrive units either worked or didn't work. It was a feature to add spice to life. My 57 Jag auto gearbox had a similar solenoid system to prevent top gear engaging. I MADE it work, with incantations and humming "There'll Always Be An England" in the shower.

    It worked so well the box wouldn't engage top unless I throttled-off...
    I think that this Healy was a four, it was one of those things pretty to look at and completely without charavter

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