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Timing Locos

Post by 35005CP on Sat Jul 04, 2009 9:41 am

Hi all,

Sorry if this sounds rather daft... But how do you go about timing locos? And setting up sheets and knowing the junctions and where you are at a certain point, say on an excursion for example on Kings Cross to Edinburgh?

Really keen on this, especially after hearing things that i have in recent months... You guys that do this are magical and without you're knowledge we wouldn't be where we are today!!!

Thanks in Advance

Andy

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Re: Timing Locos

Post by 34017 Ilfracombe on Sun Jul 05, 2009 2:42 am

Its done between the Quarter Mile Posts Admin. If a train takes 10 secs to pass it. Its 900 divided by 10, which is 90; thats the speed of the train. So its 900 divided by seconds.

Ive done it myself in years gone by, checking speedo!
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Post by 35005CP on Sun Jul 05, 2009 4:40 am

Thanks for the reply 34017 Ilfracombe. So my next question to you is how would you know if a mainline service was running late at a particular Jct? Or at a a certain point. I know how you would obviously know at a station.

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Post by 34017 Ilfracombe on Sun Jul 05, 2009 6:33 am

Drivers, are no longer issued with WTT. Network Rail still publish them, but are issued only to a Depot.

In the days of Black & White, which is what this Forum is about, they were issued to Drivers and Guards.
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Post by 35005CP on Sun Jul 05, 2009 7:05 am

I am talking about steam...

So how were the lucky few able to get hold of timings?

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Post by 34017 Ilfracombe on Sun Jul 05, 2009 7:14 pm

Yes, I am aware that you are talking about Steam.

I suppose they got hold of old WTTs, from Collectors Corner, or handed old ones by friends. Because in those days, timings didnt alter hardly at all!
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Post by johnc on Thu Jul 09, 2009 5:52 am

I'll explain how I started.

I had already covered all the Southern Region lines when I started timing seriously in 1964. By then I knew the stations & junctions & what most signal boxes were named. Remember this was in the days when there was a lot of semaphore signalling still. Also a number of my friends had done timings so it was just a case of adding in specific timing points such as mile posts (i.e., those at the top or bottoms of hills).

If you were starting from scratch, you could use the pre-grouping atlas as a guide together with the gradient profile book to help. Also the articles in the Railway Magazine on timing would help as well. It would be helpful to make a list of the timing points before you started so you had the info at hand.

For speed I had my stop watch to get the elapsed time for each quarter mile & had already written out a card which converted the seconds to mph.

As to the schedules, old working timetables could be got from friends or helpful station staff (I even remember getting some from an unlocked store room at Clapham J - with the station foreman's permission). Later on it was possible to get current ones if you knew the right people. Special traffic notices could be got in the same way.

This was my way. No doubt others had there own ways but the end result was the same

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