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RH016 - Click for full Description

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RH16 1943. The Gresley GE type long travel valve N7s were at Bradford for about eighteen months and went south much better engines. They could not run the Bradford expresses as they were shy for steam and D W Harvey was sent from Loco Running HQ at Gerrards Cross to improve them which he did by altering the design and diameter of the blast pipe. It is not known whether the remainder of the N7s were altered but, in my experience, they steamed pretty well. Driver Hailstone was in charge on the trial engines. He had to stop for a 'blow up' at Morley with 2651, which was unaltered, and came through flying colours with 2649, with the modified blast pipe. Here 2651 was one of twenty built in 1927 with vacuum and steam brakes, rather than Westinghouse, for work on the GN section. Fireman George Barker and Driver Rimmer, a spare driver.