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John McNamara

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Re: Let's hear it for modern steam
« Reply #1 on: April 08, 2014, 09:54:23 PM »
A rack loco for the mountain?

Dylan Lambert

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Re: Let's hear it for modern steam
« Reply #2 on: April 09, 2014, 11:00:15 AM »
Personally, I'd say let's throw the light oil out the window... GPCS, Lempex Exhaust, superheat, and maybe roller bearings could do some good in the maintenance and operational department on No. 11. Either that, or when the time comes to redo 10's boiler, go all out at that point...

Dave Crow

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Re: Let's hear it for modern steam
« Reply #3 on: April 09, 2014, 12:39:44 PM »
And defeat the museum's mission statement?

John McNamara

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Re: Let's hear it for modern steam
« Reply #4 on: April 09, 2014, 01:10:47 PM »
And defeat the museum's mission statement?
I just posted it because I thought it was interesting that steam locomotive research continues, and with some very impressive results. I suspect that the true future of non-fossil-fueled transport lies in electric propulsion fueled by nuclear, solar, wide, or tide powered sources, but the research cited in this article is nevertheless impressive.
-John

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Re: Let's hear it for modern steam
« Reply #5 on: April 10, 2014, 08:32:32 AM »
Personally, I like reading up on modern steam tech like this... At the very least it's worth the conversation.

Ken Fleming

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Re: Let's hear it for modern steam
« Reply #6 on: April 10, 2014, 03:41:31 PM »
Anyone remember ACE3000?

John McNamara

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Re: Let's hear it for modern steam
« Reply #7 on: April 10, 2014, 04:03:55 PM »
Anyone remember ACE3000?

I'm sure that Ross Rowland does.

John Stone

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Re: Let's hear it for modern steam
« Reply #8 on: April 11, 2014, 08:11:13 PM »
Perhaps this article will be of interest:
www.steam-loco-design.co.uk/zb_article_2.html

I found it most interesting, particularly the demands they put on 15" gauge steam power and fact that it's a 9 mile long railway!
Also, the discussion of coal versus oil firing on the 4th page is interesting. I never thought about the nature of a coal fire compared to the thermal shock which occurs when you open the firing valve on an oil burner.

Pretty cool and impressive to novice as myself!
I'm seriously considering building a hot-rod version of W.W.&F. #4, with low superheat, a gas producer firebox and Lempor exhaust.
I'll soon have the necessary capital as I'm getting ready to drive to the 7-11 to purchase lottery tickets.
« Last Edit: April 11, 2014, 08:26:23 PM by John Stone »

John McNamara

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Re: Let's hear it for modern steam
« Reply #9 on: April 11, 2014, 09:59:43 PM »
Maybe this should go under the "you know you're a WWFer when..." section, but when I saw the phrase 7-11, I thought about 7 being the predecessor for 11. :)

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Re: Let's hear it for modern steam
« Reply #10 on: April 12, 2014, 07:23:46 AM »
I worked for Executone in the pre-cell phone days and the techs had display pagers, anybody remember those?  I knew where every 7 11 was because there were pay phones out front.  We called the 7 11's "Executone field offices"

Getting back to steam ... everyone knows that WW&F # 12 will be a replica of Baldwin 2-6-2 #6.  Wouldn't that lokie be sweet working up the mountain with a string of freight cars!

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Re: Let's hear it for modern steam
« Reply #11 on: April 12, 2014, 05:44:14 PM »
Sure! Of course, that means building all the freight cars...  ;)