is the photo of the
From the accident report, IMHO this was stupidity through deliberate
ignorance - they didn't have a clue where the true water level in that
boiler was, and they didn't even know enough to realize they were in
And with the Engineer and Fireman duties not clearly defined that
meant they should have been cross-checking on each other even MORE,
rather than both of them going "Oh I don't need to check on that, he's
Getting "working water" because the boiler water is too high is bad,
but it's a LOT better than going "BOOM!" from being way too low.
I especially like how the "Chief, Engineer and Bottle-Washer" was
filling in his own FRA Form 4 Inspection reports as "all done, all
good" when they clearly didn't have clue one about what they were
You have to be smart enough to know what you DON'T know. Then
identify what you don't know, and go out and learn it. After a while,
you get to where you know enough to stay safe - but you still don't
stop learning, even with 150-year old technology they still come up
with new and better ways of doing things.
is the photo of the
I'm only to page 45 so far but what a bunch of idiots. I've worked with a
lot of things that can reach out and touch you. Steam is #1 on my list of
things you do not want to disrespect.
A steam buff who was restoring a locomotive gave a talk at NEMES and
begged for help finding or making exotic unobtainable parts. Possibly
that wrong injector valve disk was the only one they could find and no
one knew how to make the correct one without the long-lost print. The
really inexcusable oversight was the blocked lower gage cock.
I am wary of all complex obsolete technology that is maintained by
underfunded volunteers, which puts me a little at odds with the Keep
Em Flying warbird buffs. I've piloted a PT-17 Stearman but was very
gentle with it, for example. I have to refuse to make parts for
restorers because I don't want my name in one of those NTSB accident
reports, which list every deficiency and non-original part whether or
not it contributed to the accident.
That article on running a steam engine was most interesting
Thanks for posting the link. He mentions using Mica Axle
Grease for lubing gears and why it is good for that. Never
heard of it before but it makes sense to me. Would it work
gears of a lathe? Should eih?
The right of the people to keep and bear
arms shall not be infringed.
"Jim Wilkins" wrote in messageOn Mar 3, 1:04 pm, "Robert
Sw> Re. locomotive boiler explosion on tourist RR, 1995.
Particularly interesting is the photo of the
This'll learn you kids how to run an engine: