Discussion in 'Locomotives' started by paul_l, May 31, 2018.
Here's one for Keith
Hasn't he already got one of those?
Yes, He has Ian.
Quite an interesting film find Paul, although some of the pics shown are featured in the books I have on "Leader", others I haven't seen before. The pic of the bogie shows the inner end with brake cylinders, the other outward facing end (not shown) with the steam cylinder ends is more interesting in my opinion, although much of the apparatus for rotating the sleeve valves for better lubrication, was removed after many problems. As stated, these were far from the only problems, cabs far too hot to work in, reversing gear linkage's jamming, weight distribution/balance due to the offset boiler to name but a few. The loco was designed with a corridor linking the two drivers and the fireman's cabs, but this had to be part filled with over 4 tons of weights to balance the boiler, making it impossible to use the corridor and upsetting the Civil Engineer as it took the axle weights over the prescribed limit. The second loco, 36002 was in fact virtually complete except that one or two parts had been requisitioned as replacements for failures on the original loco during testing. Dynamometer car testing was carried out by 'borrowing' the LNER Dynamometer coach used for "Mallard's" record breaking 126mph run, and I'm currently awaiting delivery of the "Rails" limited edition model of this coach with the intention of recreating the test runs on my layout. This is my model of the "Leader".
........and He's also got a "GT3" model too! Maybe I'm alone in liking and appreciating the more "Oddball" loco's that never made it into production, the "What the Hell's that?" ones or the "What if's?" , though the only prototype I actually saw (and on many occasions too) was the "Deltic", but since it's preservation, despite a number of visits to the NRM, both in York and Shildon, it's never been there when I've visited. Here's my "GT3" model.
I notice the youtube video from the first post has dissapeared, how's this one instead
Strange Locomotives - Bulleid Southern Railway Leader Class Steam Locomotive
Excellent Paul, also the 'follow-on' video of "GT3".