The British gas turbine locomotives have proved popular subjects in recent years. MIKE WILD inspects Rails of Sheffield’s latest exclusive ‘OO’ gauge model of Swiss built 18000 – Britain’s first gas turbine railway locomotive.

I can only imagine the ‘please explain’ from the public debut of pioneering Brown Boveri gas turbine 18000 at London Paddington on May 10 1950. The power of the turbine exhaust dislodged dirt from the roof of the station accumulated from steam locomotives, covering the passengers below in soot.

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