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Typhoon & Gas Turbine Locomotive 18000

By spikemoz
Taken at Barrow Hill Round House near Chesterfield, Derbyshire last weekend.

V1 & V2

The Romney Hythe & Dymchurch Railway displayed their 15 inch guage locomotive No. 7 Typhoon on a short section of track. These locomotives were designed by Henry Greenly and are based on a Gresley pacific, although Typhoon was altered to look like a Peppercorn A1. For the occasion they had painted 60164 on the sides of her cab, one number up from the new A1 60163 Tornado

V3 & V4
This locomotive is the famous gas turbine number 18000, which was ordered by the Great Western Railway in 1940 from the Swiss engineering firm, Brown, Boverie & Cie. However, because of the war it wasn't built until 1949 and spent it's working life until 1960 on the western Region of British Railways. It had an A1A-A1A wheel arrangement with traction motors powered from a generator driven by the turbine. When I saw this locomoitve in the early 1950's it was painted black and silver. In 1964, she was used for wheel and rail interaction tests conducted from Vienna Arsenal by the Union Internationale Chemin de Fer (International Union Of Railways) who's headquarters are in Utrecht in the Netherlands. At the end of these tests she was preserved and displayed at Vienna Arsenal. She has since returned to the UK and is kept at Barrow Hill Roundhouse.

Normally she is inside the shed, but Barrow Hill parked her outside at the head of a train of BR Mk1 Carriages, making a great picture.


Tags: Transport Landscape and travel Portraits and people

Voters: imagio, PeelNStick, andrewrit and 16 more

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imagio 14 12 1 England
12 Apr 2009 12:21AM
All great shots Spike, still prefer staem to Diesel

gary_d 13 576 13 Wales
12 Apr 2009 1:08AM
I would prefer steam too a great series as usual. - gary
paulashby 12 10 1 United Kingdom
12 Apr 2009 1:41AM
Great frames from a great subject.
12 Apr 2009 10:03AM
Another great set of shots Spike. V3 is my favourite, could have been a working train. 18000 sure looks better than when I last saw it at Crewe 2003.
For a short period I lived in Kent and visited the RH&DR a few times. Boy, do those little locos motor even when heavily loaded.
Grifoto 12 United Kingdom
12 Apr 2009 11:15AM
Lovely set of images Spike, all well presented.


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