I'm quite familiar with the sleeper and I still like your excellent videoPeople unfamiliar with the Sleeper might like my video, which I posted in this thread: http://www.railforums.co.uk/showthread.php?p=2884108#post2884108
The Freightliner running immediately before it was delayed by nearly 3 hours. Was that authorised to pass the broken rail at 5 mph? If so, why didn't it? Did the sleeper (which was running c.40 mins behind it originally) hold it up somehow (from behind)??Broken rail, yes, but not quite the reason for the length of the delay, as it was a simple break and trains were authorised to pass at 5mph. CS aren't quite blame free. No I won't care to elaborate.
Indeed. But that was 'only' an 8+2 HST. This was 16+1, plus whatever it was already hauling.The haulage ability of the is impressive, that after all is what they were built for.
I seem to remember watching a video a while ago of a 59 pushing a HST while also pulling freight.
Presumably a rake of containers. I'm sure someone can find out exact length/tonnes for us...!In fact, what *was* the Class 70 hauling? Is it possible there was a new record set for longest train?
I'm guessing it took about 1.5 hours to identify it as the best solution and approve it - i.e. sleeper was 2 hours late in the end and can't have taken more than 30 mins to put the plan into action.I do want to know how many people had to sign off on that manoeuvre before it happened!
I presume to some degree Freightliner (even if it was just rescuing the next train on the line by propelling it briefly!) and the signalman (given the authority to do the propelling manoeuvre), but I wonder how many people in each organisation were involved.