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Banking in the Caledonian c1900

Posted: Mon Dec 02, 2019 11:07 am
by Mike 1
A link to this film was posted on the LNWRS facebook page. At the end of the sequence is a Caledonian engine with what appears to be a banking engine running backwards?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gVUqVqN ... -pAWlQltxc

Mike

Re: Banking in the Caledonian c1900

Posted: Mon Dec 02, 2019 11:12 am
by Mike 1
My apologies. Just realised this was discussed here.

https://www.crassoc.org.uk/forum/viewto ... king#p7793

Mike

Re: Banking in the Caledonian c1900

Posted: Mon Dec 02, 2019 1:32 pm
by WCML55.68
Hello Mike,

Thanks for posting this and the link to the former discussion.

It definitely appears to be a banking loco running backwards, a highly unusual and quite dangerous practice. Because of the incline, the firebox will be slightly higher than the boiler and greatly increasing the risk of uncovering the firebox crown and risk of explosion. All of the photos I have and have seen of banking on Beattock, Shap and elsewhere, the locos always work chimney first.

Paul.

Re: Banking in the Caledonian c1900

Posted: Mon Dec 02, 2019 2:24 pm
by dumb buffer
I think the air cylinder was by the rear buffer beam; and you can just get a glimpde of the top corner of the cab ---- if you're quick!

Allan F

Re: Banking in the Caledonian c1900

Posted: Mon Dec 02, 2019 4:19 pm
by dunalastairv
Just to add my tenpenny'orth: I think this film dates from 1912.

Michael.

Re: Banking in the Caledonian c1900

Posted: Mon Dec 02, 2019 5:06 pm
by WCML55.68
dumb buffer wrote:
Mon Dec 02, 2019 2:24 pm
I think the air cylinder was by the rear buffer beam; and you can just get a glimpde of the top corner of the cab ---- if you're quick!

Allan F
Well spotted and abso correct. It think the narrow cab and bunker creates the illusion. Still a cracking clip.

Re: Banking in the Caledonian c1900

Posted: Tue Dec 03, 2019 5:47 pm
by wscarchitect
In the early 1970's, an exCR fireman told me that the 0-4-4T's running from Strathaven to Blantyre via Glassford, Quarter, etc. had to travel bunker first because of the long gradient.

Re: Banking in the Caledonian c1900

Posted: Wed Dec 04, 2019 8:24 am
by caley739
The lack of turning facilities at Strathaven looks like the real reason for bunker first running !!