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On the Net: BR Class 47

Once the BR Class 47 could be found everywhere and many enthusiasts looked down on them. Now the last few operational survivors make many nostalgic for the past. Our survey of the Class 47 on the net should bring back some of those memories.

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Locomotive Deliveries

We love multiple locos running together here at Trainbits. New locomotive deliveries often give rise to long loco formations. Here are a few such movements on Youtube from around the world.

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Featured Loco: BR Class 59

The British mainline locomotive fleet today consists of large numbers of foreign-built locos. Back in the early 1980s this would have seemed very unlikely, but in 1986 the first of the US-built BR Class 59 locomotives arrived.

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Clagging and Fire

Excessive exhaust smoke due to unburned carbon gives rise to the railway slang term clagging. Youtube has some spectacular examples, including those where flames are actually seen.

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Locomotive Pool Codes

Locomotives on Britain’s railways are grouped into operational pools. These pools can trace their roots back to British Rail in the 1980s.

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Steam in the Street: RAE Farnborough

The idea of steam engines running down ordinary streets seems almost inconceivable under the current strict heath and safety regime. However, until the late 1960s, steam engines did indeed run down the street in Farnborough.

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