Modelling railways using real steam power.
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I was living in NW London a few year back when this brand new Tornado steam train was doing a maiden trip to Kings Cross & back out again. I thought what a photo opportunity. Now I knew it would be coming out via Potters Bar & this would be busy & thought i would go to a bridge in a place called Hadley Wood as no one would be there. I took some steps with me as i new the bridge had a high parapet wall. Got there with about 5 minutes to spare, got the steps out near the bridge wall & climb up & totally forgot the line had been electrified with overhead cables & gantries all over the place. I didn't even bother with the camera, but it was nice with an overhead view to feel the power of that train with the smell of the steam/coal for about 1 minute.
I suppose if the overhead catenary is supported on gantries across the track the angle at which you view the scene may have quite an effect on what you can see. A bit like Venetian blinds the angle at which you look through them determines how much you can see.
Ah! wish I had taken a picture, lol. Around the bridge area, there was a lot more steel & infrastucture for the trains overhead pantograph cables. Not sure, but there is also a sub station very near?.
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