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Dynamometer Car No1 & Duchess Of Sutherland

By spikemoz
On Wednesday the 15th I was invited to join a special train on the preserved Midland Railway at Swanick Junction. It was organised to celebrate the restoration of the Lancashire & Yorkshire Railway Dynamometer Car built in 1912. This car recorded the famous record breaking run of the Stanier pacific No. 6201 Princess Elizabeth between London Euston and Glasgow on the 16th November 1936. It has been restored to how it was when this run took place.

The special train was hauled by Sir William Stanier's magnificent masterpiece No 6233 Duchess Of Sutherland and at the other end of the train was a BR standard 2-6-4 tank No. 80098.

The restored No1 Dynomometer Car. Note the fifth wheel between the two axles of the leading bogie (truck). This was wound down to the rail by a screw jack located inside the car and just above the wheel. The wheel was calibrated angainst the track side mile posts.

V3, V4 &V5
The Duchess Of Sutherland bringing the train down the incline from the top shed to Swanick Junction Station. Note the sharp change in gradient at the foot of the incline.

Arriving at Swanick Junction Station.

V7, V8 & V9
I was invited to attend with 21 other retired railwaymen, who at some time or other worked on the British Railways Board Vehicle Testing And Performance Section, many of them on this particular dynamometer car. As well as being very competent and experienced railwaymen, they are also outstanding engineers and it was both an honour and a privilege to have worked with them and I value their friendship.


Tags: Transport Portraits and people Flash and lighting

Voters: gerrymac, gary_d, imagio and 17 more

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gerrymac 13 10 1 United Kingdom
17 Apr 2009 12:10AM
What a beautiful engine,myDad drove these old steam engines....lovely to see
gary_d 13 576 13 Wales
17 Apr 2009 12:25AM
A great series once again I particularly like V2 with the reflections on the side. - gary
imagio 14 12 1 England
17 Apr 2009 12:49AM
Love all of them Spike

whiteswan01 13 13 England
17 Apr 2009 1:26AM
a superb set great detail in all
horley 13 United Kingdom
17 Apr 2009 2:20AM
what a wonderfull documented event.great pictures.terry
Hailwood 14 2 United Kingdom
17 Apr 2009 6:09AM
nice shots spike
TelStar 16 116 United Kingdom
17 Apr 2009 8:50AM
Lovely; a handsome and powerful looking engine!

17 Apr 2009 8:55AM
A great set of images,
17 Apr 2009 9:20AM
An absolutely SUPERB set of images Spike. I would think "honour and privilege" is an understatement being in such learned company. They have knowledge that cannot be replaced and is not being passed on to future generations.
By chance, I was there yesterday (Thursday) and what a splendid sight the Duchess was.
videotec 12 8 United Kingdom
17 Apr 2009 12:44PM
Brilliant set, I don't know which is the best they are all superb shots
BobbyHB 15 2 England
17 Apr 2009 3:39PM
A great set of photos. Is the Dynomometer car supposed to have different bogies?
mark1309 14 13 United Kingdom
17 Apr 2009 6:25PM
Great set of shots to record the special event,
spikemoz 14 2
17 Apr 2009 8:08PM
Thanks for all the votes and comments, much appreciated.

Quote:A great set of photos. Is the Dynomometer car supposed to have different bogies?

Hi Bobby,
Yes it does have different bogies (trucks) at each end. If you look closely at the bogie next to the tender, you will see it has another wheel, known as the fifth wheel. This single wheel can be wound down into contact with the rail by a screw jack located inside the car. This wheel drives the distance based measurements on the dynamometer table. It is calibrated against a number of mile post events before and after each test.

Thank you for asking such an interesting question.

goso 14 2 1 Australia
19 Apr 2009 3:11PM
Great shots and very interesting dialogue Spike.....Bill
cassiecat 12 39 46 England
19 Apr 2009 5:51PM
v5 for the comp for me.lesley

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