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Offline jamespetts gb

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Speed of early steam locomotives
« on: January 21, 2012, 12:37:53 PM »
It seems that the speeds of some of our early steam locomotives are too low. According to Wikipedia, a train (unfortunately of unspecified weight) hauled by the Planet locomotive completed the 56km between Liverpool and Manchester in 1 hour in November 1830 - in other words, an average speed of 56km/h. Its current top speed appears to be 45km/h. Might I suggest a top speed for this locomotive of 60km/h, and adjusting the pre-1840s locomotives accordingly?

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Re: Speed of early steam locomotives
« Reply #1 on: January 21, 2012, 05:02:47 PM »
40-45km/h seems more suited to the rocket, as it reached 29mph at Rainhill. I'd reduce the planet slightly e.g. 55km/h, or at least make it underpowered, to give some reason for the better locos which weren't that much quicker e.g. patentee.

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Re: Speed of early steam locomotives
« Reply #2 on: January 21, 2012, 05:14:41 PM »
The Planet and Patentee should be separated by power rather than speed: the Patentee was just a larger and more powerful version of the Planet, so intended to haul more weight at the same speed.