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Photo shows 752 on the works train Nov 2006 at badgers bend
with the twin duplex front steam powered air compressors and steam turbine generator (by cab) running
Steam Locomotive - 752 "Berkshire"
Photo shows newly built 752 at the original SMR locomotive shed
Designers: Richard Coleby and Neil Simkins
Built: Stapleford, 1970/71
Wheel arrangement 2-8-4 Berkshire
Cylinders (2) 4 1/2" x 7 1/2"
Driving wheel diameter 1' 1"
Bogie wheel diameter
Trailing wheel diameter
Engine and tender 18' 9"
Width over footplate 2'
Chimney to rail lever 3'
Weight 2 tons
Top speed 12-15 mph in normal operation up a 1% gradient with a 17 ton trailing load
Features fitted as built:-
(1) Tipping grate and self-emptying ashpans
(2) Mechanised stoker, steam operated (2 cylinder)
(3) 2 electric turbines for headlights and water gauge lights
(4) All round mechanical lubrication (26 pumps)
(5) 3 valve poppet regulator on superheater header
(6) Feed water pump
(7) Heating coils on lubricators
(8) 2 twin cylinder air compressors
(9) Woodward drive system
(10) 2 "Buckeye" tender trucks (6 wheels)
(11) Air operated brakes throughout engine and tender. Auxiliary steam brakes on engine only
(12) Air operated fire hole door
(13) Air operated firing jets, for coal distribution in the firebox
(14) Air operated sanding equipment
752 took two years to build and was, it is
believed, the first model locomotive to be fitted with an all welded steel
boiler constructed to British Standard 2790, Class 1. The boiler was
constructed by Michael Lugg. On completion the
locomotive was exhibited at the 1972 Model Engineering Exhibition in
Photo shows 752 receiving its boiler during construction circa 1970 at the Stapleford works. Pictured are 2 of the engines builders, very young looking Neil Simkins and Richard Coleby (photo by R.Moore)
Two excellent websites to visit regarding the NKP and Berkshires are Nickel Plate RR
and the Nickel Plate Historical Society
Super Power refers to a class of locomotive fitted with a boiler capable of producing more steam than the cylinders can expand under any circumstances and for an indefinite time.
With its awesome power and looks,
and atmospheric chime (not whistle!) she is always popular with the public. 752
sits at the end of the platform terminus, while her passengers disembark, the
train will then be re-loaded, and a fresh engine(s) attached at the front.
After departure, the "
Of course the highlight of the
running days is when both the
(A logistical nightmare due to the trains length, so only run at the end of the day!)
For more info on full size