For anyone with an interest in Mechanical Engineering it’s impossible not to be hugely impressed by the feat of engineering that is the Britannia Class mainline locomotive “Oliver Cromwell” – one of the last four steam locomotives used by British Rail.
Aside from simple appreciation of this enormous machine (pictured above), I am bringing the Oliver Cromwell to your attention because Norbar recently donated 2 torque wrenches to the Great Central Railway (GCR) after being approached by one of the directors and Chairman of Cromwell Tools, Michael Gregory. Mr Gregory asked us if we could donate the wrenches for the maintenance of the steam locomotive engines and some of the GCR Diesel engines.
So, earlier in the month, I went up to Loughborough to present one Model 200 and one 5R torque wrench to Tom Tighe and Bill Ford (Managing Director, Great Central Railways Plc). Both wrenches will be used to torque cylinder bolts on the steam engines and also on the larger diesel engines that boast up to 2,500 horse power.
The Great Central Railway (GCR) is a heritage railway in Leicestershire, named after the company that originally built this stretch of railway, and is currently Britain’s only double track mainline heritage railway, with 5.25 miles (8.45 km) of working double track, period signalling, locomotives and rolling stock. It runs for 8.25 miles (13.28 km) in total from the large market town of Loughborough to a new terminus just north of Leicester.
Seeing as torque engineering became prominent at a similar time to the peak of locomotive engineering, it’s fitting that we were able to support the history and heritage of GCR and help keep their biggest assets on track and accurately torqued.
Philip Brodey, Sales and Marketing Director, Norbar Torque Tools