Gas turbine 18000

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Gas turbine 18000

Post by Deepol » Fri Jan 10, 2014 12:05 pm

Some old cuttings of the Brown-Boveri gas turbine loco which the Great Western Railway ordered in the 1940s but which was delayed by the Second World War and which did not start trials until about 1950 by that time the Western Region of British Railways. It was an A-I-A-A-I-A wheel arrangement and power was equated at about 2500hp. outclassing the LMS diesels 10000/10001 which were only 1600hp.
It was not very successful and was withdrawn from service in 1960 and lay in Swindon Works for a number of years before being shipped to Vienna where it became a test loco.
Unlike 10000/10001 it was secured for preservation in the late 1990s and returned to the UK. After a lot of work it can now be seen at Didcot. Originally black it is now in Brunswick Green.
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18000 (2).jpg
Official posed photo
18000-withdrawn.jpg
Looking sad in Swindon Works
18000-xxxCastleClass.jpg
Meeting a Castle out on the road
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Re: Gas turbine 18000

Post by Deepol » Wed Feb 28, 2018 8:56 am

Courtesy Mike Redmayne, this shot of her under initial restoration at Barrow Hill. A former Haymarket Class 26 shares the facility as well.
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18000 at Barrow Hill under restoration.jpg
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