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by Filtertron
Wed Jan 29, 2020 11:28 am
Forum: Bluebird Rebuild
Topic: Off the Rails - Train Stuff
Replies: 66
Views: 27391

Re: Off the Rails - Train Stuff

Deltics are cool. Had a look at a few a few years back when I was in the UK, but didn't see any in action. Over here in Australia we have locos dating from 1952 still in revenue service running freight. The oldest two would be GM10 (June 1952), which was built for the Commonwealth Railways, and B61 ...
by Filtertron
Wed Jan 29, 2020 8:12 am
Forum: Bluebird Rebuild
Topic: Off the Rails - Train Stuff
Replies: 66
Views: 27391

Re: Off the Rails - Train Stuff

Something which may interest a few of you. On my recent travels, I managed to get a photo of CL17 under restoration in Cootamundra, NSW. CL17 was built by Clyde Engineering, Granville NSW in 1972. It is historically significant, as it was the last bulldog/bullnosed diesel built in the world by an af...
by Filtertron
Sat Jan 25, 2020 9:35 am
Forum: Bluebird Rebuild
Topic: LOST!! Hep Me!! Hep Me!!
Replies: 20
Views: 1307

Re: LOST!! Hep Me!! Hep Me!!

Without descending into petty insults (it matters nought to me who started it, we're adults, correct?). The emails that Bill has referenced may not be able to be released publicly for a myriad of reasons. They could contain sensitive and/or personal information which can't easily be redacted or omit...
by Filtertron
Tue Dec 24, 2019 6:43 am
Forum: Bluebird Rebuild
Topic: Off the Rails - Train Stuff
Replies: 66
Views: 27391

Re: Off the Rails - Train Stuff

Sounds possible that the tubes weren't expanded or caulked at the tube plate properly. It also sounds as though the boiler has hogged through a rush of cold air, which probably was enough to cool the tubes causing them to contract and weep at the front tube plate. In laymens terms, the tube plate is...
by Filtertron
Sun Dec 22, 2019 10:42 pm
Forum: Bluebird Rebuild
Topic: Off the Rails - Train Stuff
Replies: 66
Views: 27391

Re: Off the Rails - Train Stuff

Generally the blower is used when the loco is either coasting or going downhill to maintain the draught, as the exhaust from the blastpipe isn't drawing the fire anymore. The blower is used in the excercise of regaining steam (obviously), but it could entail the whole fire being rebuilt if it has cl...
by Filtertron
Sat Nov 09, 2019 9:32 am
Forum: Bluebird Rebuild
Topic: Off the Rails - Train Stuff
Replies: 66
Views: 27391

Re: Off the Rails - Train Stuff

Look up L.D Porta or David Wardale. They virtually revolutionised the front end draughting system on steam locomotives, and quite late in the piece too. They squeezed just about everything they could have out of the simple expansion engine - well worth a look into. Blokes like Nigel Day and Shaun Mc...
by Filtertron
Fri Nov 08, 2019 2:41 pm
Forum: Bluebird Rebuild
Topic: Off the Rails - Train Stuff
Replies: 66
Views: 27391

Re: Off the Rails - Train Stuff

It's pretty much directly into the valve chests, then to the cylinders and from there up the blastpipe. Unless the engine is a compound type, the expansion cycle is once only. On a compound engine on a locomotive, the steam is admitted to a small high pressure cylinder. The exhaust steam is then pas...
by Filtertron
Thu Nov 07, 2019 3:09 am
Forum: Bluebird Rebuild
Topic: Off the Rails - Train Stuff
Replies: 66
Views: 27391

Re: Off the Rails - Train Stuff

Trains, eh?

Clap your peepers on that:
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by Filtertron
Wed Aug 14, 2019 4:57 pm
Forum: Bluebird Rebuild
Topic: Avro Vulcan XL319
Replies: 30
Views: 17602

Re: Avro Vulcan XL319

I watched a couple of those vids during smoko at work. Got a few odd looks from people when they heard the air start winding up. :mrgreen:
by Filtertron
Thu Jun 20, 2019 1:49 am
Forum: Bluebird Rebuild
Topic: What have forum members been up to?
Replies: 1026
Views: 462952

Re: What have forum members been up to?

Wow, envy! I bet it would sound great played through my 1964 AC30 (by a better guitarist than me, I might add). It probably would! What do you usually plug into your AC30? Fender Tele, various Gordon Smiths and, when I want to pretend to be Nigel Tufnel, Musicman Axis SS. Love Telecasters. I traded...