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I was there on Sunday for this - just think: this locomotive is brand new!




I was there on Sunday for this - just think: this locomotive is brand new!


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To think I stayed up especially! I was at least expecting you to be driving!

Don't tell me you have downloaded Tornado's whistle as a phone ringtone!

I hear pressure is building to reopen some Beeching lines. Next thing we know they will be reintroducing third class travel. Oh sorry, we already have that - it's called Great Western!!!
Chris: I think the telephone ringtone is especially naff Mike. I would give anything to drive this though!
  • Larry Bliss
  • Raleigh, North Carolina, USA
  • 16 Jun 2009, 02:18
That is an amazing sight! So someone is actually building new steam locomotives...
Chris: If you click on the link Larry you will see it all
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 16 Jun 2009, 02:45
What a beauty...She looks like she could pull France closer to England [if folks were crazy enough to want to do that].

Did you take Ratty and Benchy along for a peek at this wonder, Chris...Benchy looks like She is in a bit of a rut, so could use a bit of stimulation...I know, I know, She has had the stimulation of caressing your buttocks for many years, but perhaps She needs a change to re-ignite He carnal passions...
Chris: Or I suppose I could chop her up to feed this monster!
  • zed
  • Australia
  • 16 Jun 2009, 05:30
Who would have thought, building new steam engines in this day and age. Very informative link Chris
Chris: A pleasure Tony
You should send them your photo. It is better than most they have on their site. I am all for more trains and transit.
Chris: Thank you kindly John: I think this loco is some sort of 21st century miracle really
My son's favourite story for ages was Thomas the tank engine. Hooray for the preservation of little boy's toys.
Chris: Thank you Jamoula
This is going in the likeys until I get to see it for myself. Excellent picture Chris
Chris: You'll see it sooner or later. his week it's started running round the national network again - and it will be in the next series of Top Gear too!
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 16 Jun 2009, 07:19
Oh ja, a real power-she! But you are just standing above her while taking your beautiful photo- it must have been a feel of happiness! Or does stick young Tiff his head out of the window of the loco Tornado? All is possible in our fantasy! I read that the English railway-fans like to put on their railway-worker-overall when they have a date with 'her'? Did you wear your railway worker dress, too?
Chris: No I didn't wear overalls Philine - but perhaps I did in my head!
This is a fantastic photo, Chris, and I agree with John, its better than the ones on the site. I'm amazed that such an engine is still being built. They'll re-open the coal mines next!
Chris: This was just a one off Sheila because all the originals went for scrap
  • Aussie
  • Australia
  • 16 Jun 2009, 08:20
It being brand new is amazing, terrific image of it.
Chris: Thank you Aussie
This is one from an age gone by. Reminds me of a documentry I saw on the BBC a few years ago on the history of the railway. Brilliant piece of man engineering, am even surprised that anyone is still building them.

Excellent composition and lovely green tones.
Chris: Thank you Fotografa - this engine is simply a one off
  • anniedog
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 16 Jun 2009, 10:05
She (I presume it's a she) looks sparkling in her livery. What do you have to do to become an engine driver? I'm sure it's not beyond your capabilities! My grandad used to be a fireman on the GWR.
Chris: I used to be a fireman too Ingrid - the very last one...
She is a beauty Chris! What a wonderful capture.
Chris: Thank you kindly Richard
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 16 Jun 2009, 10:20
The Locomotive

A big locomotive has pulled into town,
Heavy, humungus, with sweat rolling down,
A plump jumbo olive.
Huffing and puffing and panting and smelly,
Fire belches forth from her fat cast iron belly.

Poof, how she's burning,
Oof, how she's boiling,
Puff, how she's churning,
Huff, how she's toiling.
She's fully exhausted and all out of breath,
Yet the coalman continues to stoke her to death.

Numerous wagons she tugs down the track:
Iron and steel monsters hitched up to her back,
All filled with people and other things too:
The first carries cattle, then horses not few;
The third car with corpulent people is filled,
Eating fat frankfurters all freshly grilled.
The fourth car is packed to the hilt with bananas,
The fifth has a cargo of six grand pi-an-as.
The sixth wagon carries a cannon of steel,
With heavy iron girders beneath every wheel.
The seventh has tables, oak cupboards with plates,
While an elephant, bear, two giraffes fill the eighth.
The ninth contains nothing but well-fattened swine,
In the tenth: bags and boxes, now isn't that fine?

There must be at least forty cars in a row,
And what they all carry -- I simply don't know:

But if one thousand athletes, with muscles of steel,
Each ate one thousand cutlets in one giant meal,
And each one exerted as much as he could,
They'd never quite manage to lift such a load.

First a toot!
Then a hoot!
Steam is churning,
Wheels are turning!

More slowly - than turtles - with freight - on their - backs,
The drowsy - steam engine - sets off - down the tracks.
She chugs and she tugs at her wagons with strain,
As wheel after wheel slowly turns on the train.
She doubles her effort and quickens her pace,
And rambles and scrambles to keep up the race.
Oh whither, oh whither? go forward at will,
And chug along over the bridge, up the hill,
Through mountains and tunnels and meadows and woods,
Now hurry, now hurry, deliver your goods.
Keep up your tempo, now push along, push along,
Chug along, tug along, tug along, chug along
Lightly and sprightly she carries her freight
Like a ping-pong ball bouncing without any weight,
Not heavy equipment exhausted to death,
But a little tin toy, just a light puff of breath.
Oh whither, oh whither, you'll tell me, I trust,
What is it, what is it that gives you your thrust?
What gives you momentum to roll down the track?
It's hot steam that gives me my clickety-clack.
Hot steam from the boiler through tubes to the pistons,
The pistons then push at the wheels from short distance,
They drive and they push, and the train starts a-swooshin'
'Cuz steam on the pistons keeps pushin' and pushin';
The wheels start a rattlin', clatterin', chatterin'
Chug along, tug along, chug along, tug along! . . . .

Julian Tuwim (originally Polish, a famous poem that every Polish child knows, transl. in English; the most beautiful German poem about the "Lokomotive" by Gerrit Engelke is not translated yet; I'm sure there are some English poems about this imposing beast!)
Chris: What a wonderful piece of descriptive poetry Philine - I've never hear it before and it is a delight!
  • Alan Rolfe
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 16 Jun 2009, 10:49
A tremendous achievemnet by all concerned. I've seen the TV programme regarding its building. I think she's down near me on Sunday doing a Fathers' Day special, I believe. You've chosen a good vantage point. Do you know i she has own crew?
Chris: I expect she does have her own crew - or crews Alan. It would make sense
  • graham pickett
  • United Kingdom( southsea hampshire)
  • 16 Jun 2009, 11:29
I knew what was going to be your posting today,and am amazed you managed such a awesome capture.( i was concerned you might get to excited again). Have just got the Steam Dreams brouchure,they are using this beauty on some specials this year.It is selling out fast!Thanks once again Chris!!!
Chris: A pleasure Graham: I was excited!
Looks like a great day out. Nice capture Chris.
Chris: It certainly was Janet: thank you
My guess, as was Bills, was correct Chris. A great picture, you lucky man I only got to see it in the shed at Loughborough.
Chris: I knew you would know Brian. You'll ssee her soon enough I'm sure!
  • vintage
  • Australia
  • 16 Jun 2009, 13:47
Interesting site link Chris great look steam train
Chris: It certainly is Vinage: thank you
The thing is Chris ... with out the box it came in it's nuffin ;-)

Chris: You reckon!
majestic in every way Chrissmile
Chris: Thank you Tim: it certainly is
You have an interesting hobby Chris.
Chris: This is one of many Albert
It looks old but well polished.

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