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by mtskull
Mon Nov 11, 2019 9:58 am
Forum: Bluebird Rebuild
Topic: Off the Rails - Train Stuff
Replies: 50
Views: 22047

Re: Off the Rails - Train Stuff

So, moving on from there, and accepting that making condensers work on locomotives is problematic, I still wonder why no one spannered a turbine in there then simply threw away the steam as with the standard reciprocating machinery of the day. They did: the LMS “Turbomotive” used a non-condensing t...
by mtskull
Sun Nov 10, 2019 10:11 pm
Forum: Bluebird Rebuild
Topic: Off the Rails - Train Stuff
Replies: 50
Views: 22047

Re: Off the Rails - Train Stuff

Why was the steam turbine never used in trains, then? It was certainly small enough and more efficient. The steam turbine was in fact often experimented with in railway locomotives (not “trains” please -a train is the rake of carriages or wagons that a locomotive draws). Issues of cost, complexity ...
by mtskull
Sat Nov 09, 2019 8:24 am
Forum: Bluebird Rebuild
Topic: Off the Rails - Train Stuff
Replies: 50
Views: 22047

Re: Off the Rails - Train Stuff

Seems like train development stopped and marine stuff carried on. No, steam locomotive development never stopped; just about everything that could have been tried to improve performance and efficiency has been tried at some stage with varying degrees of success. In the end though, it all boils down...
by mtskull
Fri Nov 08, 2019 8:39 am
Forum: Bluebird Rebuild
Topic: Off the Rails - Train Stuff
Replies: 50
Views: 22047

Re: Off the Rails - Train Stuff

captain sparkle wrote:
Thu Nov 07, 2019 10:06 am
How about "the biggest steam train in the world" on the rails again - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NuJPVhtQFeQ
Nice.
by mtskull
Thu Nov 07, 2019 11:42 pm
Forum: Bluebird Rebuild
Topic: Off the Rails - Train Stuff
Replies: 50
Views: 22047

Re: Off the Rails - Train Stuff

“My understanding is that you fill your loco up with coal and water, light a fire and once everything is hot and pressurised away you go. The steam passes through several expansion stages then is blown up the spout to make the fire draw. Is that correct?” Indeed it is. The rest, however, is flawed (...
by mtskull
Wed Nov 06, 2019 9:44 am
Forum: Bluebird Rebuild
Topic: The Bloodhound SSC/Thrust/Noble Thread
Replies: 282
Views: 181158

Re: The Bloodhound SSC/Thrust/Noble Thread

Anybody else watching the Bloodhound updates on YouTube? 491mph, without breaking sweat. Impressive stuff....
https://youtu.be/mrerP1ae6A4
by mtskull
Sun Sep 01, 2019 12:13 pm
Forum: Bluebird Rebuild
Topic: Other Speed Record Breakers Are Available!
Replies: 1086
Views: 456301

Re: Other Speed Record Breakers Are Available!

Am I just very cynical, or am I correct in thinking that 477mph in a wingless 1950's aircraft is pushing neither the boundaries of speed nor technology? If you're very cynical, then so am I. I think NAE will either... 1, quietly go away and never achieve anything, 2, be put out of business by Blood...
by mtskull
Thu Aug 29, 2019 3:52 pm
Forum: Bluebird Rebuild
Topic: Other Speed Record Breakers Are Available!
Replies: 1086
Views: 456301

Re: Other Speed Record Breakers Are Available!

Jessi Combs’s record attempts in North American Eagle have ended tragically:
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/amp/world-us-canada-49504222
by mtskull
Sun Jul 21, 2019 9:12 am
Forum: Bluebird Rebuild
Topic: Avro Vulcan XL319
Replies: 30
Views: 12391

Re: Avro Vulcan XL319

Fair enough.
by mtskull
Wed Jul 17, 2019 9:15 pm
Forum: Bluebird Rebuild
Topic: Avro Vulcan XL319
Replies: 30
Views: 12391

Re: Avro Vulcan XL319

What do you need anti-collision lights for?