So you want to run a Steam Engine

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So you want to run a Steam Engine
Posted by BaltACD on Thursday, November 15, 2018 8:20 AM

         

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Posted by seppburgh2 on Thursday, November 15, 2018 8:52 PM
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Posted by Jones1945 on Friday, November 16, 2018 9:07 AM

There were a lot of procedures, a lot of effort needed to be put for preparation, but all these things made it the coolest job at the time. Thanks for posting the Videos.

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Posted by seppburgh2 on Tuesday, November 20, 2018 8:15 PM

Now, lets put it all together for some old fashion steam drags! Go to 4.19 min for the starting line up. Afterwards go back to the start for some memorable rod action.

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Posted by BaltACD on Wednesday, November 21, 2018 8:32 PM

Jones1945
There were a lot of procedures, a lot of effort needed to be put for preparation, but all these things made it the coolest job at the time. Thanks for posting the Videos.

The thing that most overlook in the operation of steam engines is the coordination and communication that is required between Engineer and Fireman so the the boiler and fire are in the condition the Engineer needs for the task immediately at hand and what will be happening a few minutes in the future....too much fire wastes fuel and water, too little fire and boiler pressure leaves the engine underperforming and wasting track time.

         

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Posted by seppburgh2 on Wednesday, November 28, 2018 10:15 PM

Correct.  The Engineer manages the steam usage, the Fireman's job was to make the steam.  If all goes well, they are a team playing like a well oiled pitcher and catcher in baseball.  O, but how things will go off the rails if your a strange Fireman on a new road match with a 35 year Sr. Engineer!

 

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Posted by Deggesty on Thursday, November 29, 2018 7:48 AM

Several years back, I was talking with a former fireman, and he spoke of a particular engineer who liked to work the engine full stroke--no matter how hard it made the fireman work. He did not have kind words for that engineer.

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Posted by CSSHEGEWISCH on Thursday, November 29, 2018 10:22 AM

I wonder how many cylinder heads were blown out by this engineer due to the inevitable high back pressure.

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