Bless you, Rob ... ever the optimist. Four hundred mph. How terrific would that be!rob565uk wrote:I think your Fireman's shovel will be but a blur as he feeds the boiler with best steaming coal at 400 mph
It has been designed for that speed, and it was always that way - right back to when Ken was in charge (for 12 full years, Mr Ackroyd, not two) - but a quick look at the stats bears out that the speed increases from one record to another have tended to be in very small increments. Only the current record of 317.60mph stands out as the exception that proves the rule. A whacking 29-mph increase on the previous mark. In WWSR terms, that's a colossal speed hike.
So if anyone hikes it from there to a 400, it will be against all the form of the past 85 years or so since the WWSR began.
To be honest, to get a boat that planes first would be fantastic. We'd then have a hydroplane in nature, not just in name. If we can get that, there's no reason we have yet found why we shouldn't get up to some respectable-sounding speeds. At least then we'll feel we've accomplished something.
We'll walk before we can run, we'll stay optimistic - because you get nowhere if you aren't - and we'll hope we're getting all our sums right. And if it turns out that we haven't, we'll hope we've got the engineering skills to back us out and put us on the right road again.
We'll find out, one way or the other.
And before I get accused of hijacking this thread ... which would be a perfectly reasonable accusation ... I'll shut up and let everyone talk about locomotives again!