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A visit to Puffing Billy
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 Posted: Sat Sep 22nd, 2012 07:47 am
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Had a visitor from the US, so we spent a day Riding Puffing Billy.






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 Posted: Sat Sep 22nd, 2012 11:38 am
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What a lovely garrat!!! :thumb:



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 Posted: Sat Sep 22nd, 2012 02:49 pm
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What a lucky visitor from the US! The Garratt is just beautiful and the photos are perfect. Thanks, Don.

One of these days, I hope to get there for a ride.
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Great pics, and a very cool loco!



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 Posted: Sun Sep 23rd, 2012 09:53 am
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Nice pics Don, plus you scored a perfect day for it.

Cheers,
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Anyone have any idea what the function of the two round things mounted at 45* on the top corners of the belpaire firebox?

Thought that I knew a lot about steam engines-

See how wrong you can be?


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 Posted: Sun Sep 23rd, 2012 03:33 pm
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Herb-could those be some kind of cleanout ports? To settle the question for us US nuts might take some research in the Garratt books and every time I look in one of them, I get all hot & bothered!

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Well Woodie, they would be handy for scale removal from the top of the crown sheet, and it is possible that the water in the area where the original customer was was full of minerals--so I guess that you get the prize.*

Scale was more of a problem for locos that always got the same water- local switchers, and the like. Road locos usually suffered less from this problem, because the varying amounts and types of minerals, and the amount of acidity in the water tended to cause the scale to fracture and fall off the firebox sheets. All that debris ended up on the mud ring between the bottom sheets of the firebox, and outer shell. Periodically, this had to be raked, and washed out through pipe plugs located in the area.

*one of the stogies that Gromit has chewed on.


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