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Record breaking Duchess
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No: 13075   Contributor: Paul Strathdee   Year: 1996   Manufacturer: BR Crewe   Country: England
Record breaking Duchess

46229 DUCHESS OF HAMILTON passing through Uddingston in December 1996 with a return railtour from Glasgow Central.
On the previous day's inbound run she is credited with 100mph although this was strongly denied....
Picture added on 10 January 2012 at 16:34
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. . . no wonder, I believe the steam locomotive-hauled speed limit on main lines in the UK is 70 mph!

Added by Peter Langsdale on 10 January 2012.
There are always some truth in any rumours , it could have been the case but how would anybody know her speed unless they happened to be on the footplate at the time. Any idea of the 47 behind her?

Added by Dave Forbes on 10 January 2012.
1. Most steam locomotives never had speedometers on the footplate.
2. Anyone on the train could record the speed by distance and time checks. That is the usual way for obtaining train performance records, using the mileposts by the side of the track.

Added by Peter Langsdale on 10 January 2012.
No sorry, can't remember the 47. There was a video made of the trip at the time and in an interview her speed was bleeped out as it did slightly exceed that which was allowed...

Added by Paul Strathdee on 11 January 2012.
I can't be sure what the allowed maximun speed was in 1996 but today it all has to do with the diameter of the driving wheels. 46229, for example, would be allowed 75mph, Back 5's are restricted to 60 and I think the 8F is either 40 or 50.

Added by John Southall on 11 January 2012.
The train included 47772 hauled “dead” behind 46229 for “performance reasons” ????


Could Mr Anonymous please stand up. John

Added by on 14 January 2012.
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