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Re: Llewellyn Loco Works #1

Post by Hydrostatic Dazza » Sat Oct 13, 2018 8:55 pm

Boiler is ready for Mr Inspector to pull apart and check over. I am expecting all is sweet but ......................

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In hindsight I would have had the fire door opening lower as the super heater entry is going to be a pain. I have a plan for this, more on that later.

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I was up early (5.00am) and I was on the PC sorting out the super heater header mounting plate and the header itself. I am putting an olive onto the steam header to cylinder connection for ease of maintenance or modification if required, but the S.H tube itsself will be brazed in. I can poke that through to the back head etc. Well that is my plan. Will see if it all works out.

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The next three weekends I am on Roster at Gympie , lighting up and I may start some time on the footplate out on the branch trying to master landing it at the front of an 8 foot long grate on demand and also guard training, soon to be passed out.
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Re: Llewellyn Loco Works #1

Post by bambuko » Sat Oct 13, 2018 10:29 pm

It's all becoming clear :D
Thank you again for such detailed progress reports.
This build thread is more than "of interest" - love it - source of info and inspiration :thumbleft:

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Re: Llewellyn Loco Works #1

Post by FWLR » Sun Oct 14, 2018 8:38 am

That looks like it will work for me Dazza.
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Re: Llewellyn Loco Works #1

Post by Hydrostatic Dazza » Mon Oct 15, 2018 10:23 pm

592 pages of goodness arrived yesterday. What a splendid book this is :study:

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Re: Llewellyn Loco Works #1

Post by tom_tom_go » Tue Oct 16, 2018 10:20 am

Interested in the super heater, will it be coiled up in the smokebox?

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Re: Llewellyn Loco Works #1

Post by Hydrostatic Dazza » Tue Oct 16, 2018 9:32 pm

tom_tom_go wrote:
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Interested in the super heater, will it be coiled up in the smokebox?
It will enter from the backhead, over the fire so it is a radiant type and then down the left tube/flue, then bend up into the header. Then from the header via an olive connection to the admission T between the chests. No coils in the smoke box. The original design has the steam dry pipe passing down the water/steam space in the boiler. This super heater is my concoction. I am to meet the boiler inspector this morning before I start work.
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Re: Llewellyn Loco Works #1

Post by tom_tom_go » Tue Oct 16, 2018 9:49 pm

Won't you have issues cleaning the flues?

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Re: Llewellyn Loco Works #1

Post by Hydrostatic Dazza » Wed Oct 17, 2018 3:31 am

tom_tom_go wrote:
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Won't you have issues cleaning the flues?
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Re: Llewellyn Loco Works #1

Post by Hydrostatic Dazza » Wed Oct 17, 2018 3:35 am

Made a dash to see Mr Boiler Inspector. His comment after looking at my boiler, “I will f_-k myself if that does not hold steam.” 😊 Gave me my boiler number and told me to cook it up and we will do the testing.
The onlookers liked my workmanship so I was quite chuffed (pun intended) It will be a while before I can cook it up as I am at Gympie (Mary Valley Rattler) the next three weekends as I am on crewing roster.
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Re: Llewellyn Loco Works #1

Post by IanC » Wed Oct 17, 2018 11:33 am

Well "playing" with the big stuff will be almost as good, but it can be frustrating when you have something that you're keen to progress. I know as I have had a new locomotive for several months now, but not had the opportunity to run it. Enjoy your time on the Rattler meanwhile.
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Re: Llewellyn Loco Works #1

Post by tom_tom_go » Wed Oct 17, 2018 12:07 pm

How can anyone be too busy to not run a new train?!

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Re: Llewellyn Loco Works #1

Post by IanC » Wed Oct 17, 2018 4:31 pm

Tom, I presume you've never been on the footplate of a standard gauge steam loco to understand how fantastic an experience it is? I'm not sure about Dazza's railway but from my experience most turns are rostered so Dazza probably has to turn up. I'm sure he does so willingly and enthusiastically. I have to turn up wjen rostered, as do most of our volunteers or quite simply the trains don't run! Having said that, I'm sure Dazza will also be keen to continue his excellent build. Until we find a way to be in two places at once I guess the progress on his own Loco will be slower than he'd like.
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Re: Llewellyn Loco Works #1

Post by tom_tom_go » Wed Oct 17, 2018 4:45 pm

Not sure why if I have ever driven a real train is relevant here? I haven't, and the prototype doesn't interest me as I just like running model trains outside. The one preservation group I did apporach was very clicky.

My point was that your life cannot be that hectic where you cannot find a hour to steam test. Surely this is something you would want to perform on a new loco to make sure it works within it's warranty period?

Anyway, back on topic I am interested in the super heater when you install it Dazza.

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Re: Llewellyn Loco Works #1

Post by Hydrostatic Dazza » Thu Oct 18, 2018 1:05 am

IanC wrote:
Wed Oct 17, 2018 11:33 am
Well "playing" with the big stuff will be almost as good, but it can be frustrating when you have something that you're keen to progress. I know as I have had a new locomotive for several months now, but not had the opportunity to run it. Enjoy your time on the Rattler meanwhile.

Yes, but for me the big train stuff comes first, serious responsibilities and I want to move up the ladder and be passed out Cat 2 and onto Cat 1 in the years to come, before it is too late and I get too old and feeble and thus I miss my opportunity. This opportunity is here and now, so I am onto it and it has been my vision to be on full size steam for 40 years. However, I understand and accept reluctantly that the 32mm loco build, 5" gauge locos and work on the Potters Orchid Railway is delayed. The need to complete the signal kits and install, the terra forming and irrigation system and then the walking pathways, steps and garden beds so the weeds can be kept under control will have to wait. The POR alone is a full year of weekends to get to a reasonable setup. Meanwhile the weeds have over taken again, one cannot see the track again due to lots of rain and warmer weather, it will take a 4-6 hour session to clean up, I have booked a weekend day 4 weeks from now for this. MAM and I very much want to have social steam up days on the POR, lots of good wine, beer and smell cheese, food and stories and fun
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Re: Llewellyn Loco Works #1

Post by Hydrostatic Dazza » Thu Oct 18, 2018 1:07 am

IanC wrote:
Wed Oct 17, 2018 4:31 pm
Tom, I presume you've never been on the footplate of a standard gauge steam loco to understand how fantastic an experience it is? I'm not sure about Dazza's railway but from my experience most turns are rostered so Dazza probably has to turn up. I'm sure he does so willingly and enthusiastically. I have to turn up wjen rostered, as do most of our volunteers or quite simply the trains don't run! Having said that, I'm sure Dazza will also be keen to continue his excellent build. Until we find a way to be in two places at once I guess the progress on his own Loco will be slower than he'd like.

Ian sums it up, yes it is fantastic to work a steam loco from the footplate, being part of a team to make it all happen, but it is not for all and that is cool.
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