I have lots of photos to post, but for now, a teaser set will have to do. I need to get home yet and upload the rest of the photos.
These pics are from today, at Ely, Nevada. On the Nevada Northern Railway.
First for the Brownhoist fans...
I got to drive the 93 loco today. About a two hour run up the mountain and back down. The loco is a a 2-8-0 Alco built in 1909. What a sweetheart!
Last edited on Sun Oct 2nd, 2016 12:17 am by NevadaBlue
We just got home... exhausted... but still grinning. Clean, yes, but my hands were black. I did play fireman for a few shovels, just for good measure.
I will get the pictures organized and uploaded and probably post a link to the Flickr album to keep from having too many pics on the web page here.
I can't describe the feeling of running that big old monster. What a privilege.
I learned how to use the cutoff, but I need to read how it actually works, I am still confused on how that thing works, but it is pretty amazing.
In short, it is a way to reduce the amount of piston stroke that the valve gear admits steam into the cylinder, allowing enough steam to go in and expand, without wasting un-expanded steam by having it blow out the stack.
Quite a bit more involved than that--but in one sentience, that's the best that I could do. One thing that lots of folks have trouble grasping is that a steam engine gets its power from the HEAT in the steam, not the PRESSURE. A good engineer runs as much as possible with the throttle wide open and the cutoff as close to center as possible.
____________________ Fix it again, Mr Gates--it still works!"