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« Reply #390 on: November 19, 2014, 10:34:50 PM »
Sorry about all the bolts!
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« Reply #391 on: November 22, 2014, 04:32:11 PM »
Dry hydro- including steam passages in cylinder castings.

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« Reply #392 on: November 25, 2014, 11:20:36 AM »
There's coal in the firebox and pressure on the gauge.
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« Reply #393 on: November 25, 2014, 11:54:02 AM »
Fantastic!!!!

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« Reply #394 on: November 25, 2014, 01:48:32 PM »
I'm definitely looking forward to photos!  Will anyone make a recording of the first whistle blow?  Brendan?

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« Reply #395 on: November 25, 2014, 02:28:27 PM »
Jason can this be fixed by simply tapping the hole an running a bolt in or is the break a crack?
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« Reply #396 on: November 25, 2014, 03:02:14 PM »
Paul, I believe Jason has already fixed the hole in the cylinder casting.  That is what was meant by the comment, "Dry hydro - including steam passages in cylinder castings."  He had managed to make the repair.  However, I guess we'll have to wait for Jason or someone else up there, when they have time, to explain the repair process.

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« Reply #397 on: November 25, 2014, 03:30:17 PM »
Jason explained it to me so let me see if I can explain it to others.

The cylinder casting is not a solid casting, but is hollow in places.  Jason estimated the location of the leak from the outside, and drilled a hole into the outer casting.  He was pretty close to the leak in the pipe, so he widened the outer hole.  He then drilled into the live steam pipe portion of the casting and did another test.  He missed the leak by a little bit, but figured he could probably block it.  So then I think he tapped it, put a plug in it, epoxied around the plug, then somehow stuck some goo from the steam side to seal it.  Since he couldn't reach the leak from the bottom very well, he did all this through the hole in the outer casting, I think.

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« Reply #398 on: November 25, 2014, 08:48:18 PM »
As a tease - here's a photo (from Stewart, presumably) from today's steam test.



More information can be found at http://www.wwfry.org/?p=391, which contains a link to the Facebook post also.

Unfortunately, I got there too late to catch any action!  Stupid work.

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« Reply #399 on: November 25, 2014, 09:27:41 PM »
Work is the curse of the leisure class!

This is excellent news, James. Thanks for the tease. I went to Facebook and checked it all out. Kudos to all those involved.

What a great Thanksgiving present!

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« Reply #400 on: November 25, 2014, 09:39:21 PM »
The photo shows Rick and Jason testing the vacuum brake master valve.  Even though it hasn't been used in over 80 years it worked perfectly!  Eric is seated on the deck as he applies graphite to the backhead.  He did the smokebox as well and both look great.

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« Reply #401 on: November 25, 2014, 10:48:50 PM »
What a moment. Many have waited for this and some who has passed will never hear it.
It is a tribute to all both past and present.
Harry Percival would be beaming.

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« Reply #402 on: November 26, 2014, 04:40:08 PM »
Pictures from the first steam up. A note about the pictures. I use photobucket to host my pictures and photobucket's picture resizer is not being cooperative today. So some pictures are big and some are small.

Just after lighting the fire.





Adding  more wood.









Look inside the smoke box. The copper line feeds the blower nozzle and you can just see the top of the blast pipes.



First scoop of coal.







Second scoop.



Blowing down the water glass.



Only place you can see a Portland Company locomotive hooked up to a computer.





Coal smoke in the air.







View from the car barn staging and the first tine the safety popped.





Blowing out steam passages in the cylinder castings.













Setting the valves to blow out exhaust passages.



Open the throttle and



you get rained on.



Second whistle of the day.



Rest of the pictures.






























 





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« Reply #403 on: November 26, 2014, 06:16:35 PM »
First, I gotta say that this was a real exciting day. If you go back to the first post in this thread (made in 2009) and page through the years, you can get a proper sense of the work, thought, effort and dedication of everyone who has contributed. At the head of that list is our CM Jason, whose fanatical obsession with detail and to get it right has been the 'pilot truck' for us all. For someone who saw this engine snoozing away in a shed in Connecticut 50 years ago, far from home, it will only be exceeded by the first turn of her drivers under her own power.
We were hoping to be able to measure the vacuum created by the exhaust and blower in the smokebox, but unfortunately the transducer wasn't sensitive enough to measure the vacuum we were able to achieve. Next time we should be able to get some measurements. The idea is to be able to adjust the components in the exhaust system to improve the draft and being able to actually measure the vacuum should make this much easier. A laptop allows the recording of the vacuum in real time while under way.
However, we may not need a lot of improvement on 9. Steam issued from the open whistle valve about 55 minutes after the fire was lit. So the boiler would appear to steam pretty well already. No. 10 might benefit from whatever we can learn, as that engine can be difficult to fire at times due to its small boiler.
Impressive was how well the steam-up went. The major issues were with the injectors. The N type Metropolitan on the fireman's side didn't seem to want to work, but after some tightening and experimentation we found out it worked really quite well. It is just very different than the dual tube types we are used to. The engineer's side is a dual tube but it was fussy and needs some attention.

I'm sure Jason will tell us more.


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« Reply #404 on: November 26, 2014, 11:15:43 PM »
Good evening and what a Happy Pre-Thanksgiving we have been given!

Long time reader, first time poster.  Yup, I was on the old Forum "back in the day," but then the busy-ness of having kids set in and I've just been a "lurker."  Yes, I admit it -so sue me.  ;)

Anyway, I have been a member since the early days and I am so proud of all the work I have been watching with great interest for all these years.  I have read every issue several times -is that wrong?!  I've been up to Sheepscot many, many times and had quite a few memorable cab rides etc. 

I am thankful for all the volunteers, their hard work and dedication!

This is one of the WW&F Ry. Museum's "Best Days Ever!"

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