Snail has the good stuff.
So it has roughly the same wheel setup as a Big Boy but the boiler does not look as big. I take it this was good for low speed pulling but could not sustain boiler pressure for high speed like the Big Boy?
>>4144>sustain boiler pressure for high speed >like the Big Boy>implying
The 4000 class was NOT free steaming, although it didn't keep the crews from burning out the crown sheets trying. It was originally designed as a banking engine, remember?
I did not know that. There are plenty of videos of them moving at hi speeds so I assumed that's what they were built for. Thanks for the info.
There's two and they're on a ranch in some bumblefuck town in Texas. A good friend of mine goes out there every so often and helps the guy rebuild them because they need some kind of restoration or rebuilding. I see progress pictures sneak out every so often.
I thought that was the norman operation of steam engines, essentially rebuilding the boiler every few years?
Sure, that's normal for operating locomotives but I don't know if these have ever operated stateside, thus it's likely the same rebuild stretched out over a really long time.
Every 1,472 days of operation, they've got to inspect and repair the entire boiler, yeah. Sometimes that involves replacing the whole thing, other times it's less intensive. So, tourist lines that operate their engines frequently have to rebuild every 4-5 years, but big mainline engines that only operate a few dozen days a year can go for nearly 15 years between Form 4 overhauls.
The FRA requires any steam locomotive running on an FRA governed railroad to have 31 day, 92 day, and annual inspections. These are a little less stringent and are for things like running gear, brake valves, and stay bolt caps. Before you put it in service for the first time AND after 1,472 steam days (any day the boiler is brought up to a certain pressure, I think 150 psi) or fifteen years (whichever comes first), you have to perform a complete teardown and inspection and rebuild of the locomotive. Here's a link from Cornell Law that lays out when inspections are required.https://www.law.cornell.edu/cfr/text/49/part-230/subpart-A
This only applies to stuff that falls under FRA regs. That meaning it is connected to the national network or is a tourist hauler on standard gauge or 3 ft gauge. I dont think isolated Zoo railroads or the Disneyland/world RR's count.
please let me know if I am wrong
You're entirely correct. That's why I said that's on FRA governed railroads.
John Wepener tells a story of a crafty old man who lived somewhere on the Kimberley, De Aar section and who cleverly utilised the locomotive crews’ continual habit of searching for anything interesting to kill time, to his personal advantage. He stretched a wire across his yard and fastened bottles and tins to hang from it. The crews of the passing trains did not let this chance for gaiety pass them by and they regularly tried to hit these objects from a moving locomotive. Their ammunition? Coal of course! And so this ingenious entrepreneur had a daily and constant supply of coal !
When locomotive crew booked off at an outside depot, they sometimes asked that restroom attendant to cook their food for them. By the time then, that they have finished their shower or sleeping, their food was waiting for them, nicely fried or roasted. Then they could just draw a chair up to the table and enjoy a nice plate of food. Martin Smith remembers a certain guard, a very nice person, who also booked off with them at the Oudshoorn depot. However, before that guard could turn in to a well deserved rest in the room allocated to him, he first had to go to town. a Lovely and enticing smell of roasted porkchops wafting through the air greeted him on his return and at the sight of this heavenly browned dish, this hero fell before the rumblings of his stomach. Under the impression that it was a dish that the restroom attendant had prepared for one of the Mossel Bay drivers, who also booked off there, he made a quick and unseen getaway with the pieces of manna. At sunrise he woke up, refreshed and innerly boosted, to join his fellow mates at their train. He found his driver however, in a very foul mood. The latter was livid with rage. He uttered his powerless frustration in great disgust.
“Such scoundrels ! They don’t even allow you to go rest in peace then they devour your food !”
Those hot-tempered words slammed the guards mouth shut. What else could he do? For how was he to know that those chops belonged to his own driver? He kept quiet for a good reason as it wasn’t an appealing thought to be left behind in the veld.