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What a blow! (no pun intended!)

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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