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Re: STEAM ANYONE ??

Post by b.c.flat hat » Sun Jul 17, 2016 9:29 pm

Just a heads up for BBC2, Thursday at 8 o' clock.



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Re: STEAM ANYONE ??

Post by scimjim » Sun Jul 17, 2016 10:20 pm

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Re: STEAM ANYONE ??

Post by MarkHawkins » Sun Jul 17, 2016 10:51 pm

Well it is a Traction engine isn't it?


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Post by vinetvinyle » Sun Jul 17, 2016 10:55 pm

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Re: STEAM ANYONE ??

Post by Alan SS1 » Mon Jul 18, 2016 4:53 pm

surprised that it pulled the John Deere to a halt then out through the trenches that the JD had made! :shock:

Initially thought just that the JD had chewed up the field .

AFAIK max torque on a steamer is at zero rpm, but I'd have thought (wrongly) that a modern agricultural tyre would grip better than a steel shod 'tyre' :?


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Re: STEAM ANYONE ??

Post by MarkHawkins » Mon Jul 18, 2016 5:06 pm

I remember seeing an act on a TV magic show once where a man apparently held back a Corvette on a rope. The Corvette driver just set the rear wheels spinning so fast that there was little traction for a few seconds so allowing the man to apparently hold his own against the car.


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Re: STEAM ANYONE ??

Post by tony.idle » Tue Jul 19, 2016 12:20 am

My very limited experience of tractors suggests that without weight over the wheels you'd be lucky to pull the skin off a rice pudding with one. An unfair competition given the difference in weight.


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Re: STEAM ANYONE ??

Post by greeny » Tue Jul 19, 2016 8:23 am

However the fact that the traction engine managed to out pull the jd from going backwards is awsome.
But yes the steamer had the benifit of loads of weight


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Post by Coupe Racing » Tue Jul 19, 2016 6:53 pm

Wonder what the results would be on Tarmac


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Re: STEAM ANYONE ??

Post by toomanysabres » Tue Jul 19, 2016 8:41 pm

A massive bill for relaying the tarmac? :mrgreen:



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Re: STEAM ANYONE ??

Post by 747PETE » Sun Jul 24, 2016 5:55 pm

Hello!! still here :-) quite busy this retirement thingy, we have just pulled this beauty out into the sunshine for steam tests after a year or twos...and some work.I think someone "Oop North" !! would like this,shame I cannot get the smell and sound on here to go with it :-)
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Re: STEAM ANYONE ??

Post by b.c.flat hat » Sun Jul 24, 2016 7:49 pm

Eeee! That looks grand. They go as well, ours is 76079, called "Pocket Rocket" Pulls 7 coaches up a 1 in 49 all reet!
Quite a modern design by steam loco standards with rocking grate, self cleaning smokebox, superheated and all the waggley bits accessible on the outside. I spent 18 months overhauling all the boiler and cab fittings of ours only to have the lot stolen over Christmas 2014, just as the rest of the loco was completed. It cost us a fortune to replace them and destroyed my trust in humanity for quite a while.
Lovely pic, hope you get a few trips on it, Crusty.



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Re: STEAM ANYONE ??

Post by 747PETE » Mon Jul 25, 2016 7:27 pm

A few issues,mainly a cylinder drain cock that refuses to shut off,that causes spectacular sound! One issue we had a few weeks ago,Scottish coal was clogging the firebars on some locos to the extent that the firebars melted!All sorted now but some hot unpleasant times below the firebox.



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Re: STEAM ANYONE ??

Post by 747PETE » Mon Dec 12, 2016 2:40 pm

Well, thought another snap was in order. After rebuilding more than a few car engines over the years, these are "Man Sized" connecting rods. Heavy is not the word, lovely engineering :-)
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Re: STEAM ANYONE ??

Post by 747PETE » Sat Dec 17, 2016 9:24 pm

Big end caps and main bearing caps..toy stuff!! Here is what we call an "eccentric strap"Brian will understand,it had been re metalled and machined then I had to find the oil galleries and redrill them,tricky but all worked out.Lovely stuff to work on but very,very heavy!
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