The top of the firebox cladding clipped a bridge on the Harrogate circle section of the Scarborough Spa Express, as a consequence it is now diesel hauled on that section with 6233 taking over from York to Scarborough. No major damage but a few questions are being asked as to why it occurred.
Is it just on 6233's turns or are the A4's allowed to complete the circle?
If its diesel hauled that will certainly be the final nail the coffen for the SSE as its not selling well anyway, carn't think why, at under £40 all day rover for 200 ish miles is great value, if I had the cah to spare I would be on it
This is not the first instance and will certainly not be the last. Track re-grading often reduces the clearances under bridges and Network Rail have clearly failed to check this one. All mainline steam locos have been pared down to 13' to fit the universal Uk gauge and yet it was only a couple of yers ago that King Edward lost his safety valve bonnet at Paddington and a Castle lost the capuchon from its chimney (sorry, can't remember which).
In order to skim another inch off her height we had to cast a second chimney for "Tornado" and slice an inch off the cab!
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