FRENCH COMPOUND LOCOMOTIVES' HOMEPAGE
The Stapleford Railway. An amazing
miniature railway hosting among other incredibly fine models what I believe
to be the only "truly Chapelon" live steam model existing in the world
in the sense that "NORD" (it's her name) is build according to every Chapelon's
design rule: Lentz poppet valves, re-superheating between H.P. and L.P.,
KylChap, .... Wonderful work, great a true masterpiece. The place I'll
surely visit during my next trip in Great Britain. Some photos of her are
Chapeau, Neil! As far as I can see, a typical example of the incredible
English craftsmanship when it comes to mechanic and metalworking...
of Steam Locomotion. Summarizes the works of the most famous precursors,
this initiative surely fills a gap on the web.
"The A1 Steam Locomotive Trust is
a registered charity whose mission is: To build and operate a Peppercorn
class A1 Pacific steam locomotive for mainline and preserved railway use."
A great job! Unthinkable initiative in France. But if any reader anywhere
in this small world feels something equivalent has to be done to revive
a true Chapelon locomotive (remember: no one remains! Pure "Rainbow
warrior" style of French hooliganism) please let me know... I'll be
more than glad to participate.
Someday, however, I'll add comments and opinions of Chapelon about
those English PACIFICS whose French firemen members of the "Chapelon's
team" said: "...The fire hole is so small that you can't even control coal
loading on the rear corners of the grate!". As you may know "Cock of the
North" was extensively tested in France under the direction of Chapelon
from december '34 to february '35 upon request made by Sir N. Gresley to
Duke of Gloucester
website Incredible courage, great work. What a tale.
The Ultimate Steam Page.
The most exhaustive site about steam today and its actual developments.
Lot of information concerning works and researches made currently by the
most famous engineers. Also data about the only Chapelon student who had
the opportunity to apply his master's theories, L.D. Porta and many other
sensible info.. Mechanical engineer owned great site. Hugh was also my
first supporter met on a newsgroups if I remember well. So visit his excellent
After longer visits, I wish to add that Chapelon had sincerely a great
admiration for industrial capacities of the United States and also for
the resulting quality of U.S. engineering. Timken bearings, cast chassis,
Union Pacific type rods, mechanical firing and more yet U.S. engineering
habits were parts of specs. of Chapelon's projects.
Live Steaming - Home
Page. A GREAT source of information about steam in general, all scales,
all uses, small ads section, many very interesting links, so on... Unavoidable,
for every steam fan!!
The Railroad WebRing Its names
says all, and even if I'm not a member of it because I don't wish to add
any banner to the site currently.
RailFan.net UseNet ABPR Rail
Pictures Archive Thousands of photos.
The steam_tech group
Discussion forum. Le dernier salon ou l'on cause vapeur. Highly suggested,
even if some posts seemed to me absolutely off topic and even out of place...
Steamcad Site dedicated
to sharing of CAD images concerning locomotives of the U.S.A.
The China Railways Homepage / Steam in the 21st. century Interesting information
& photos concerning steam locomotives of China, ancient or current...
This very good site sadly disappeared. Too bad.
of the former Czechoslovakian Railway (CSD). Even if, or may be because
it is one of the country where Chapelon's theoretical works have been widely
used.... forgetting to pay him the royalties for its patents.... or to
ask him any advice (that he always gave kindly and for free). I can also
write that I've had the opportunity to discover that this country can produce
great mechanical engineering in general.
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