Friday, 7 June 2013

That's My Loco!

Well, I do have a few shares in both D1062 Western Courier, seen here, and D1013 Western Ranger.

In this short clip, Courier is leaving Irwell Vale station on a trip at the East Lancs Summer Diesel Gala on 4 July 2009, a maroon loco hauling maroon coaches with plenty of 'clag' (a certain type of exhaust!) in a fast acceleration made possible by its twin Maybach MD655 engines and three-part hydraulic transmission.

The Western design was very clever, in that the engines were not linked, so that if one were to fail the loco could still proceed at reduced power on just one engine. It would be slow going, but it'd still get there unaided...

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