Friday, 13 February 2015

The Tumlaren design by Knud Reimers

Some of you may remember me restoring Astra, I did the work for free to save the boat, this was sixteen years and more back.

Astra, circa 1934 and on the 1999 HBYC Opening Cruise, Trevour and Oscar the new owners were having a good time. Thats Table Mountain in the background.

Here is another one, you can see why I wanted to save such a craft.

Click on the image, it should enlarge.

Here is a Tumlaren photo from the Wooden Boat Facebook page today. Should bring back memories for you.



A new train, Peppercorn class Tornado

This is quite a story!

LNER Peppercorn Class A1 60163 Tornado

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LNER Class A1 Peppercorn 60163 Tornado
Tornado, 14 December 2008
Type and origin
Power typeSteam
DesignerArthur Peppercorn (original designer)
BuilderA1 Steam Locomotive Trust
Build date1994–2008
Leading wheel
3 ft 2 in (0.97 m)
Driver diameter6 ft 8 in (2.03 m)
Trailing wheel
3 ft 8 in (1.12 m)
Length72 ft 11.75 in (22.24 m)
Width9 ft 2.875 in (2.82 m)
Height13 ft (3.96 m)
Axle load22.1 long tons (22.5 t)
Weight on drivers66.55 long tons (67.62 t)
Locomotive weight105.2 long tons (106.9 t)[1]
Tender weight60.9 long tons (61.9 t)
Locomotive and tender
combined weight
166.1 long tons (168.8 t)
Fuel typeCoal
Fuel capacity7.5 long tons (7.6 t)
Water capacity6,000 imp gal (27,000 L)
BoilerDiagram 118
6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) diameter
29 ft 2 in (8.89 m) length
Boiler pressure250 psi (1,700 kPa)
Firegrate area50.0 sq ft (4.65 m2)
Heating surface:
– Tubes
1,211.6 sq ft (112.56 m2)
– Flues1,004.5 sq ft (93.32 m2)
– Firebox245.3 sq ft (22.79 m2)
– Total2,461.4 sq ft (228.67 m2)
Superheater area697.7 sq ft (64.82 m2)
Cylinder size19 in × 26 in (480 mm × 660 mm)
Performance figures
Maximum speed100 mph (160 km/h) design[2]
75 mph (121 km/h) certified
Tractive effort2,700 metric horsepower (2,000 kW)
Number(s)60163 (display)
98863 (TOPS)
Official nameTornado
Axle load classRoute availability 9
First run29 July 2008
DispositionOperational. Approved for 75 mph (121 km/h) running on Network Rail track.
60163 Tornado is a mainline steam locomotive built in Darlington, England. Completed in 2008, Tornado was the first such locomotive built in the United Kingdom since Evening Star, the last steam locomotive built by British Railways in 1960. It is the only example of an LNER Peppercorn Class A1 locomotive in existence, the entirety of the original production batch having been scrapped without preservation. The locomotive's namesake is the Panavia Tornado, a combat aircraft flown by the Royal Air Force.
Construction of Tornado began in 1994, and was based at Darlington Works for most of the project, while numerous components such as the boiler were manufactured elsewhere. The project was financed through fundraising initiatives such as public donations and sponsorship deals; further funding came from hiring out Tornado itself for special rail services. Construction was completed in 2008, and full certification of the locomotive was achieved in January 2009. Having been designed with compliance to modern safety and certification standards, Tornado has been conducting passenger services on the UK rail network and on mainline-connected heritage railways since 2008.

Thursday, 12 February 2015

Lotus 11 at Killarney Circuit

This really is a classic car, it probably boasts the smallest engine size at the annual classic and historic car race event, being only 750cc and a Coventry Climax four cylinder.

Di Dugmore is the driver, seen here talking to Eric Wells.

The Coventry Climax 750cc engine is said to be the idea behind the Rootes Car Co Hillman Imp engine which was sized to 875cc.

Used as fire pump engines, they are still to be found now and again.

Di Told Eric that the engine will pull just short of 6000 rpm down the back straight.



Tuesday, 10 February 2015

Zundapp 50cc motor bike on display at Killarney Race Circuit

There were five makes in all and it was impossible to choose one as being better than another but the Zundap did make me smile.

Click on the images to enlarge them.

Why the smile, read below:

Nice !

A comment just in from the USA.

I love the story attached to the Zundapp. Priceless.



Monday, 9 February 2015

Boat building epoxy, mix and use

A shipment of WBP plys and epoxy suitable for building a boat has just been received buy our customer is Reunion Isle, the customer asked on some advice on the mix and use of the epoxy we supplied him, red the reply below.

The data sheets on the 816 epoxy and 205 cure agent were sent with the shipment.

Use wise the mix is 100 grams of the 816 epoxy to 65grams of the 205 cure agent.
In temperatures to about 25c you have some hours to work when its mixed, as the temperature goes up to 30c

there will be less time, if its very warm mix smaller amounts such as 85 grams.

Pour into a painters tray to allow the mix to spread out, this slows the mix from warming up.
Work out of direct sunlight if possible to slow down the effects of the sun.

You can use the epoxy when mixed as a glue and also a coating, do not change the mix to try and slow down or speed

up the cure rate, epoxy does not work like that.


Killarney Circuit, day at the races

Killarney race circuit is just outside of Cape Town City and on the Potsdam road.

Not just any day but the International Invitation Event, now named Passion for Speed, which brings back memories of the Springbok Series in the mid sixties and seventies when I was racing a Hillman Imp some forty three years ago and at the same circuit.

The entry fee was R90 each, the program cost R15 so for R115 you were set to go for an entire day, this includes free access to the pits on both sides of the circuit, so very good value.

I was very keen to see Jody Sheckters race winning Tyrrell F1 car with its Ford Costworth 3 ltr V8 engine.

It was recently restored by Dickon Daggit of Hout Bay and to a very high standard. 

On the day Ian Shecketer drove five demonstration laps so that we could see and hear this car running.

These cars are smaller than I had imagined!

Tyrrell in 1974 gave him his first full-time drive in F1. Jody rewarded them with a third-place finish in the drivers' championship and a pair of wins in Sweden and Britain. During the year, he scored points in eight consecutive races, one of the longer scoring streaks of the time. A slight off-year followed, although he did become the only South African to win the South African Grand Prix, but his third year with the team in 1976 gave him another third place finish in the drivers' championship. In that season, Tyrrell introduced the most radical car in F1 history, the six-wheeled Tyrrell P34. Scheckter gave the six-wheeler its only win on Sweden's Anderstorp circuit and in his twelve races with the car, he scored points ten times. This included a thrilling race-long battle for the lead in the American Grand Prix between himself and his great friend James Hunt

My thanks to Wikipedia for the info above.