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Awaiting overhaul again!!
· Date: Fri, 26 January 07 · Views: 861
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Bearsie

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Registered: November 2006
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Fri, 26 January 07 11:22

What Make is it?
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clankie

Registered: October 2006
Posts: 412
Fri, 26 January 07 13:41

Looks like a dreadful 8 cyl Paxman in its usual state. Supposed to run 15000hrs before major overhauls. I wish. Exhaust manifold glowing cherry red as per makers spec situated right next to the fuel pumps. Lovely.

1200rpm to zero in a split second as a conn rod comes through the side of the crankcase. aaaaawwwhh
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Landour

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Registered: September 2005
Location: Bath
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Fri, 26 January 07 14:39

Indeed it is an 8 cylinder Paxman, very similar to those fitted in the 125 trains so need I say more. If they reached 1500 hrs it was a miracle. Very good for laying down a smoke screen especially on start up.
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makko

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Registered: July 2006
Location: Mexico City
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Fri, 26 January 07 15:36

The auxy generator control room on the BF Super P's was "armour plated" to protect us from "possible" catastrophic failure of the Paxmans on start up! They were overrated too, running at above manufacturers recommended rpm.

Need I say more........ The pistons with conn rod made nice heavy table lamps and ashtrays!

Rgds.

Dave
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Bearsie

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Fri, 26 January 07 19:33

Sounds like a nitemare to me ....
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Doxfordman

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Registered: March 2005
Location: Hobart, Tasmania
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Sat, 27 January 07 03:36

I still have the broken and distored fingers from the Paxman RPH V8's. Strick line had loads of them as DA's. con rod failures, governors litteraly falling off, pistons melting, cylinder heads seizing on because of blow by up in to the studs - it goes on and on. They used to glow red even when on partial load. Horrible engines! The one in the pic loks like a more modern version of the RPH.

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steviej

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Registered: December 2006
Location: Spain
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Sun, 28 January 07 17:46

I think they used these nightmares (V12 Ventura) at British Rail. Aussie navy used the V16,s
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fred henderson

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Mon, 29 January 07 07:03

The later models of the Ventura were slightly more reliable, thanks to British Rail. A breakdown at sea had no impact on GEC. The constant breakdowns when the HST first entered service on British Rail's Western Region was an entirely different matter. Lord Weinstock used the service to go home for the weekend! Heads rolled!

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makko

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Mon, 29 January 07 09:38

Thanks to Doxford, I have had a terrible night remembering the incandescence of these engines while running! The horror!

Dave
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Steve Hodges
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Registered: February 2007
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Thu, 26 April 07 15:28

This looks vaguely familiar - can anyone confirm if they were used for auxiliary gennys on the BP "Tree" class? if they were, given the above comments, I'm glad we only had to run them up for a few minutes to start cargo pumps.
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clankie

Registered: October 2006
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Thu, 26 April 07 17:03

In the Royal Fleet Auxiliary oilers of the "Rover" class all three cargo pumps were Paxman driven with seven others as alternators.

Engines (per vessel): Ten 8RPHCZ Mk 5 auxiliaries, comprising seven driving English Electric alternators rated at 340kWE at 1,200 rpm, two rated at 447 bhp at 1,500 rpm driving Drysdale cargo discharge pumps, and one driving a tandem set. The latter coupled to another EE alternator at the drive end and to a Drysdale cargo pump at the free end, running at 1,200 rpm for generating and 1,500 rpm for pumping.

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