The status of this project is unknown.

71000 is maintained primarily for running on the National Rail Network. Seven years of experience have highlighted problems which steam traction brings to the system and our Trust has sought to eliminate or minimise these, where this is possible. At present the greatest concern is taking water, which is usually necessary once or twice in each direction on a railtour, and sometimes more. The important factors are:

After a great deal of discussion, we came to the conclusion that the best way to improve the situation would be to carry extra water in another vehicle in the train.

Our Objective And The Most Suitable Type of Vehicle Needed To Achieve It

We have had to decide whether our objective should be to reduce the number of water stops or to eliminate them altogether. After much discussion, we concluded that it would be most logical and practical to carry enough water to eliminate stops en route one-way, during a journey. This would mean only taking water at the stabling point/depot where the locomotive is serviced for the return journey (if it is to return). We then considered the following factors:

Using the standard (former British Railways) water consumption calculation for Class 8 locomotives of 50 gallons of water to the mile, we determined that the operating range should be set at 200 miles, with a sensible reserve of water still in the tender.We thus determined that the most suitable type of vehicle would be a second tender, as opposed to other options (essentially coaching stock variants or wagons) for the following reasons:

The snow plough in its original state The snow plough being dismantled The snow plough stripped down to its chassis Snow plough chassis with concrete removed