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How Steam Locomotives Really Work

Author : Peter William Brett Semmens
ISBN : 0198607822
Genre : Technology & Engineering
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The technology underlying steam trains was one of the foundations of the industrial revolution in the 19th Century, and although it has since been replaced, steam trains can still be found all over the world, preserved in railways and museums. This book describes their components, and how they work, and considers their development over 150 years, all over the world.

How A Steam Locomotive Works

Author : Karen Parker
ISBN : 0939487896
Genre : Transportation
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This book examines how modern steam locomotive works, including all its major sub-systems and appliances. Illustrations show how each part of the locomotive fits into the overall functioning, some background on each aspect of each function, and examples of various locomotives from a wide variety of railroads all over the U.S. The book is written for the layman to understand, providing a really easy to comprehend, yet technically competent and complete volume that will be valuable for anyone interested in the steam era.

Firing The Steam Locomotive

Author : The Reading Company
Genre : Transportation
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This 1947 operating manual includes 42 diagrams and illustrations, and is organized as follows: Safety Remember Crew Cooperation Introduction Cooperation in Firing the Locomotive Fireman’s Duties Introduction Fireman’s Duties on Arrival at Engine-House Fireman’s Duties After Assignment to Locomotive Fireman’s Duties on the Trip Fireman’s Duties at End of Trip Cab Curtains Coal Classifications Bituminous Coal Carbon and Volatile Matter Inspecting the Coal in the Tender What to Look for in the Tender What to Look for in the Firebox Combustion Coal Air Igniting Temperature Rate of Combustion Factors Affecting Good Combustion Condition of Coal, a Factor in Combustion Ashes Clinkers Suggestions for Avoiding Clinkers General Firing Information Fuel Conservation “Don’ts” How to Prepare a Fire Introduction How to Care for the Fire While the Locomotive Is on the Ready Track Fireman’s Duty in Preparing Fire How to Inspect the Fire Introduction Procedure to Be Followed for Inspecting the Fire Before the Door Is Opened: Inspect the Whole Fire Correct Bad Conditions Revealed by Inspection How to Fire Different Kinds of Coal Introduction Standard Firing Practices Standard Firing Procedure to Be Followed at All Times Suggestions for Firing Wet Coal Suggestions for Firing Clinkering Coal Suggestions for Firing High Slack (Fine Coal) Introduction Changes in Kind of Coal Improper Jet Setting Improper Supply of Coal to Firebox Cut-Off and Throttle Changes Fire Works Ahead on the Grate Slipping of the Locomotive Driving Wheels How to Correct Bad Fire Conditions Introduction How to Correct Banks in the Back of the Firebox How to Correct Banks in the Front of the Firebox How to Correct a Plugged Arch How to Correct Light Spots Under the Distributing Table (HT Stoker) How to Correct Light Spots on the Back Grates How to Correct Fire Depth—Fire Too Deep How to Correct a Clinkered Fire Suggestions on Firing to Avoid Damage to the Firebox and Tubes The Stoker General Description The Stoker Engine The Tender Conveyor Unit The Intermediate Unit The Elevator Unit The Distributing Table Operating the Stoker Grates and Their Functions Introduction Use of the Grates Care of the Grates How to Shake the Grates Introduction Procedure for Operating the Grates Operating the Grate to Remove Normal Ash Accumulation Operating the Grates When the Fire Is Thin in the Back or Has “Worked Ahead” Operating the Grates to Eliminate Banks or High Spots Operating the Grates to Remove Clinkers The Locomotive Boiler Introduction The Boiler The Firebox Syphons and Arch Tubes Flues Causes of Leaking Flues Fire Doors Staybolts The Steam Dome Safety Valves The Smoke Box Locomotive Water Systems Introduction Water Level Indicating Devices Feedwater Devices Cold Weather Precautions How to Pump a Boiler Care of Water Systems Testing the Feed Water Pump Testing the Injector Before Leaving the Terminal Pumping the Boiler While Locomotive Is Under Way Pumping of the Boiler Is Essential to Good Firing Smoke Control and Draft Control Introduction Description of the Blower Uses of the Blower When to Use the Blower Preventing Smoke When Preparing the Fire Before Starting Preventing Smoke When the Locomotive Is Under Way Always Observe These Rules The Superheater

How A Steam Locomotive Works A New Guide

Author : Dominic Wells
ISBN : 0711038147
Genre : Steam locomotives
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Dominic Wells provides a simple explanation of how a steam locomotive works using clear descriptions and diagrams. He explains the functions of all the components used, such as cylinders, valve gears, air brakes, injectors and gauge glasses.

Perfecting The American Steam Locomotive

Author : J. Parker Lamb
ISBN : 0253342198
Genre : Technology & Engineering
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"J. Parker Lamb traces the evolution of the steam engine from the early 1700s through the early 1800s, when the first locomotives were sent to the United States from England. Lamb then shifts to the development of the American steam locomotive, first by numerous small builders and later, in the early twentieth century, by only three major enterprises and a handful of railroad company shops. Lamb reviews the steady progress of steam locomotive technology through its pinnacle during the 1930s, then discusses the reasons for the subsequent decline of this famous machine."--BOOK JACKET.

Classic American Locomotives

Author : Charles McShane
ISBN : 9781620879085
Genre : Transportation
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Anyone who has watched in anticipation as a powerful steam engine rolled into a station, belching iconic billows of black smoke, or heard the memorable blue note sound of a steam engine whistle will revel in Charles McShane’s amazingly detailed exploration of the inner workings of the classic steam engine. This historical record from 1909 will delight fans of classic American steam locomotives and those who have an unwavering love for classic American history. You’ll be able to look over hundreds of detailed illustrations, from mechanical side valves and engines to locomotives like the Baldwin and the Richmond. Not only will you see the beauty of these historical machines, but McShane also explains every aspect of how these incredible behemoths of the railways operated. With detailed examinations of the engineering of the classic steam engine, you will be able not only to understand and admire the outer workings of these locomotives, but also to learn what a side valve, steam injector, and pressure gauge are, and how they work. This classic will be loved by all and fit perfectly as the centerpiece of any train aficionado’s library.

The Steam Locomotive

Author : Ken Gibbs
ISBN : 9781445624259
Genre : Transportation
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Ken Gibbs tells the history of the engineering triumph that is a steam locomotive from the 1800s to the 1960s showing how each development changed the course of history.

Glover Steam Locomotives

Author : Richard L. Hillman
ISBN : 0911581405
Genre : Transportation
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One of the oldest companies in Georgia, the Glover Machine Works produced 200 small steam locomotives in eight different gauges. The only recorded history of this company is now available in a deluxe 10” x 10”, 128-page hardbound book from Heimburger House Publishing Company and written by Marietta resident Richard L. Hillman. The amazing archives of its historic records allows for a complete description of this fascinating company. From the first engine that rolled out of the Glover shops in 1902 to the removal of the last steam locomotive from the plant in 1995, Glover Machine Works followed the rise and fall of the lumbering and mining industries of the South. Although Glover locomotive production never rivaled companies such as Alco or Baldwin, Glover provided as many as 200 small steam locomotives in several gauges to a variety of companies in a dozen states and the same number of foreign countries, mostly in the Caribbean and South America. Learn about the various wheel arrangements, weights, tractive efforts and gauges as you step back in time with each page. The Glover plant turned out 0-4-0s, 0-4-2s, 0-4-4s, 0-6-0s, 0-6-2s, 0-6-4s, 2-6-0s, 2-8-0s and 4-6-0s in eight different gauges including 24”, 36” and standard gauge. By 1930, the firm had expanded into other types of industrial products to fill the locomotive void, and left the locomotive business to others. This book proudly features many of the glass plate negatives that were retained by Glover in the plant archives where hundreds of original documents, catalogs and photographs were stored for many years. The Eastman Kodak Company helped supply materials in producing the Glover archive photographs. Lavishly illustrated with 230 pictures and many builder’s photos, this book contains eight chapters and a locomotive roster, a photo gallery illustrating the locomotives and a chapter entitled Puzzle Pages. The Glover Machine Works, now dissolved and the plant torn down, continues to evoke memories of small, distinctive steam engines that made their way mostly into the South’s stone and marble quarries and lumbering operations.

Steam Locomotives

Author : Karl Zimmermann
ISBN : 1590781651
Genre : Juvenile Nonfiction
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An overview of the development and operation of the steam locomotive, from its beginnings to when diesel-electric engines became the primary haulers for the railroads, with an emphasis on North and South America.

Building Small Steam Locomotives

Author : Peter Jones
ISBN : 184797029X
Genre : Crafts & Hobbies
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If you have an ambition to build a small live steam locomotive, but are daunted by the skills required, then this book is for you. Written in his clear and encouraging style, Peter Jones demystifies the whole process for those with little or no previous experience. Contents include: An explanation of terms; Basic metalworking processes; Step-by-step project guides; Machining; Boilermaking; Painting; and Finishing. Fully illustrated throughout with color photographs and drawings, and including appendices of suppliers and societies, this is an invaluable work for the railway modeler.

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