Please find Volume 32 Backtrack index. And it is to be the last. Due to increasing physical frailty, it has become increasingly difficult month on month to do the index, I have to stop sometime and I must confess I am not a little relieved that what has increasingly become a burden will no longer need doing. I have struggled on to the end of Vol 32 as I said some 18 months ago [doesn't that sound noble!!!] but to add to my workload my wife has contracted Dementia so to misquote a well-known grocery chain. 'Every little less to do helps'. And so as I get shunted into a siding by my favourite locomotive, A GE Y14 [AKA an LNER J15] I will leave you with a puzzle. What world record does that class of locomotive hold?
Answer at bottom of page
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Answer to puzzle.
What follows is an amalgam of what I thought I knew and what people have told me and I remembered the broad outline correctly I am pleased to say! Some railway company in the USA built a locomotive and claimed the time they took as a world record. The LNWR is this country took this as a challenge and managed to assemble a Webb 0-6-0 locomotive at Crewe in the quite respectable time of 25 hours and 30 minutes. The GE responded by assembling in 1891, Y14 no 930 in the incredible time of 9 hours 47 minutes. Once they had finished the locomotive was steamed and sent straight out to traffic and covered over 30,000 miles before returning to Stratford for any necessary adjustments. The locomotive was built at Stratford at what is now the Olympic Park so if anyone ever asks you what was the first world record to be set in the Olympic Park, I would suggest this is it. I wonder if it would beat Chris of 'Eggheads?'
And although you will not be receiving further indices from me, I will keep your email addresses on file and will be exchanging the odd goodie with you from time to time. Bob.