This post is to track the travel supplies and firing steps for #778.
- LOCOMOTIVE #778
- TENDER CAR
- Padded Seat
- Foot rest bar (does not fit into any containers, nor in tender for travel)
- 32-Cup cereal container
- 5-gallon gray buckets
- GREEN TOOLBOX
- Various tools
- Boiler inspection paper work
- Pop valves (one is often removed for storage)
- RED CONTAINER
- Starter Fluid
- Wood soaked in starter fluid (pre-soak)
- Match light briquettes or similar
- LSB800 water treatment
- Valve Oil in pump oiler
- ??? Oil
- TORCH (make sure it has fuel)
- DISTILLED WATER (preferred)
- Roughly 3 gallons an hour
- AIR COMPRESSOR with quick connect fittings
- Not required if provided by track
- CLEAR PLASTIC BIN (optional)
- Cab panels and other old parts
- Charge battery in tender car (It runs the pump)
- Soak hardwood in lighter fluid
- Install the grate into the firebox
- Install Pop Valve(s)
- Connect compressed air to the locomotive
- Adjust so that draft of air goes out the stack
- Fill tank with 2 gallons of water – Preferably distilled, but can be tap water.
- Add a capful of LSB800 into the tank
- Connect the tender to the engine
- Connect both hoses
- Close the drain valve on boiler
- Use pump to fill boiler to 1/2 glass (not over 1/2)
- Fill coal box about 30%
- Get out shovel and poker
- Crush a few pieces of match light briquettes (1″ pieces)
- With boiler filled to 1/2 glass of water
- With Air running through blower
- Put two or three wood fire starters into smokebox
- Put 1/2″ to 1″ pieces of match light briquettes into the boiler
- Light fire with torch, holding torch in the box for 15-25 seconds
- When not doing something with fire, keep firebox door closed and prop open peep hole when needing to look at fire
- Once fire is going good on it’s own (2 minutes), add a 50/50 mix of crushed briquettes and coal
- after about 2 minutes, stir the fire a bit, distributing the fuel evenly
- add some coal (a light shovel load dumped at front and then one at back of firebox)
- Watch fire and make sure it continue burning well, if it drops off mix in briquettes with coal
- Continue repeating 8-9 again and again to make fire strong
- Blower might need to be adjusted, flow should not be so fast as to take all the heat out of the boiler. The air above stack should be hot.
- When fuel is burning thoroughly, and is about 1″ deep through out the fire box fire is good and strong.
- Watch stack when adding coal.
- Within a few seconds, exhaust should get dark in color, than clear off (the dark color is the burning of the volitiles from the fresh coal on the fire).
- When the exhaust is clear again, the coal is starting to burn
- Let the coal burn before stiring the fire or adding fresh coal again.
- Caution, over stirring of the coal in the firebox may contribute to clinkers. So if coal is distributed well when putting it into the firebox some stirring can be avoided which may help to avoid clinkers
- After 5-10 minutes the boiler pressure should start coming up.
- When boiler pressure is above 40lbs (or maybe 50), transition from compressed air to steam air.
- Put hand over stack to feel heat and air flow
- Simultaneously close the compressed air valve and open the steam valve to the blower
- Adjust the blower to get a similar air flow before changing
- Start watching the water glass and make sure it is between 1/3 and 2/3 full.
- Return to repeating steps 8-9 and additionally checking the water
- As pressure goes up, lower the steam flow through the blower
- Pop valve should go off around 95-100lbs (unless the older pop valves are installed and then it is 80lbs). The engine can pull one person, just fine at 60-80lbs, but 75-95lbs is preferred when pulling more passengers (I think)
- Once the pop valve starts going off, really watch the water levels
BEFORE YOU GO
The following can be done while waiting for boiler pressure to rise
- Fill lubricator with oil (kind?)
- Repeat every 30-60 minutes of running time
- Oil the rods, there are resevoirs on top of each rod too
- Lubricate valve gear
- Lubricate journal boxes on freight cars
- Repeat every 60 minutes of running time
FIRING AS YOU GO
- Lower blower pressure, often not required when running
- continue repeating 8-9 to keep the fire burning
- If pop valves go off, tap them with the shovel (or else lots of pressure could be lost)
- It’s easy to over fill the boiler with the pump. Be save and keep water in the glass, but try to avoid over filling. The glass goes from 2/3 to full very fast. Over filling results in water in the cylinders which is not good for the cylinders
BLOW DOWN – Prep for ride home and storage between runs
More text to come….