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by Renegadenemo
Sun Dec 22, 2019 2:01 pm
Forum: Bluebird Rebuild
Topic: Bluebird & Other Scale Models
Replies: 880
Views: 423176

Re: Bluebird & Other Scale Models

There's not a model kit that even gets close shape-wise and the number of scratch built models that miss something fundamental is significant too. The most common mistake is making the air intakes semicircular, they're actually flat on top, and no one ever gets the nose right. We made the nose four ...
by Renegadenemo
Thu Dec 19, 2019 6:29 pm
Forum: Bluebird Rebuild
Topic: Off the Rails - Train Stuff
Replies: 80
Views: 30059

Re: Off the Rails - Train Stuff

The early Metropolitan Railway locomotives were fitted with valves which enabled the footplate crew to switch from condensing to non-condensing mode and I would imagine that the opportunity to revive the fire by doing this was welcomed by the crews. So condensers were used on railway steam engines ...
by Renegadenemo
Thu Dec 19, 2019 1:04 am
Forum: Bluebird Rebuild
Topic: Planning Time before the Proving Trial?
Replies: 33
Views: 16245

Re: Planning Time before the Proving Trial?

Sincere best wishes to all the Team, you have a great deal of support out here. Thank you for your support. We were supposed to be running on Coniston this July but that was cancelled without explanation. We offered a joint expedition back to Bute and were summarily dismissed. We're now out of time...
by Renegadenemo
Thu Dec 19, 2019 12:52 am
Forum: Bluebird Rebuild
Topic: Off the Rails - Train Stuff
Replies: 80
Views: 30059

Re: Off the Rails - Train Stuff

As a bit of a Conan Doyle fan I was re-watching the BBC Sherlock series last week and decided to Google the fake houses at Leinster Gardens in London as it featured in one of the episodes. http://www.urban75.org/london/leinster.html But what caught my interest is that the text says that the back of ...
by Renegadenemo
Tue Nov 19, 2019 3:19 pm
Forum: Bluebird Rebuild
Topic: Planning Time before the Proving Trial?
Replies: 33
Views: 16245

Re: Planning Time before the Proving Trial?

Why cant the BBP just get some sponsors and money and go it alone and show off K7 without the museum . We have sponsors and money and we'd be happy to run the boat but someone at the museum saw fit at the start of last year to wheel in a lawyer and we all know how that always leads to harmony and a...
by Renegadenemo
Mon Nov 18, 2019 2:07 am
Forum: Bluebird Rebuild
Topic: The Bloodhound SSC/Thrust/Noble Thread
Replies: 284
Views: 197943

Re: The Bloodhound SSC/Thrust/Noble Thread

They are certainly making this part of the project look easy. Let's hope they find the resources and harness the engineering to get the rocket part of the project on the rails at the earliest.
by Renegadenemo
Mon Nov 11, 2019 3:31 pm
Forum: Bluebird Rebuild
Topic: Off the Rails - Train Stuff
Replies: 80
Views: 30059

Re: Off the Rails - Train Stuff

Wow! That turbine powered machine has a lot of grunt. It sounds angry too. Impressive stuff. When I was a kid my dad had a yard along the bottom of which runs the main north/south line up to Edinburgh but back then it also hauled a lot of coal and I well remember the whistling of the big Deltic engi...
by Renegadenemo
Mon Nov 11, 2019 1:17 am
Forum: Bluebird Rebuild
Topic: Off the Rails - Train Stuff
Replies: 80
Views: 30059

Re: Off the Rails - Train Stuff

(not “trains” please -a train is the rake of carriages or wagons that a locomotive draws) Oops - sorry guys. Noted. I'm always the first to get upset if someone calls a compressor a turbine or a turbine a 'hotwheel' (which is almost but not quite as bad as calling Christmas 'Crimbo') So Locomotive ...
by Renegadenemo
Sun Nov 10, 2019 2:15 pm
Forum: Bluebird Rebuild
Topic: Off the Rails - Train Stuff
Replies: 80
Views: 30059

Re: Off the Rails - Train Stuff

Why was the steam turbine never used in trains, then? It was certainly small enough and more efficient.
Turbinia Machinery.jpg
by Renegadenemo
Fri Nov 08, 2019 9:20 pm
Forum: Bluebird Rebuild
Topic: Off the Rails - Train Stuff
Replies: 80
Views: 30059

Re: Off the Rails - Train Stuff

That's pretty much where marine steam propulsion had got to when it hung up its pistons and connecting rods and swapped them out for the turbine and a pot of fissioning material. Agreed that getting an effective condenser onto a steam train was always going to be a big problem but what's the reason ...