Product Code: 10D-DD

Double Drivers
Steam Lives On


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The sight and sound of a steam locomotive hard at work on an adverse gradient is surely one of the most thrilling that man has created. To have two locomotives adds further to the experience as speeds can be higher, even on the steepest banks. Whether the noise is synch - ronous or not will depend on the mix of engines' wheel size and number of cylinders, all adding to the scene.

When steam was still king, double heading happened frequently, especially when there was a combination of a heavy train and challenging grades to overcome.

In preservation, double heading on the main line is a rarity. However, the annual Great Britain tours have frequently used two engines for part of their itinerary. Ian Riley has also turned out a pairing for excursions, incluing runs on the Central Wales Line; the Cumbrian Mountain Express; and other less frequent events. Then there is the novelty of the two Tyseley Panniers which are the smallest locomotives with a main line ticket. Their performance proves that size is not everything! The limited range of locomotives that are available for the main line can make for unusual pairings, at least as compared to the days of BR.

In this film you will see examples such as 48151 & 61994; and 5043 & 6201, both of which surely must have been a first. By way of contrast, the pairing of two black 5s is very much as per prototype, especially in the Northern Fells and on the Highland Main Line north of Perth.

Filmed and edited by Ian Brownrigg.



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