SOOT IN THE FLUES
(Page 6 of 11)
'All of this, of course, makes for interesting reading.
Maybe someone could clear this up for the record.'
The above came from THOMAS STEBRITZ, 1516 E. Commercial St.,
Algona, Iowa 50511.
DANIEL GEHMAN, 419 E. Church Street, Stevens, Pennsylvania 17578
dropped us a short writing as follows: 'Thank you for a great
magazine! I wrote the article 'Learning to Fire the
Boiler,' in Nov./Dec. '91 IMA. I have received lots of co
respondence, helpful points and information. Thank you one and all.
There are some great people in this world! I hope we can continue
to read Soot in the Flues. If Anna Mae stops we will lose a great
part of IMA. PS: I now can fire the boiler okay'.
'Hi, Anna Mae! I have a question for your column. Where is a
good place to send pop valves for resetting, or rebuilding? I sent
two to a company that was supposed to be a precision pump and valve
service center near Charleston, West Virginia. I got them back with
parts missing and a haphazard reassembly that rendered a
serviceable valve worthless. We used to have a local fellow, now
deceased, who did a good job on safety valves, but I need to find a
good service center for the steam boys in my neck of the woods.
(This comes from DAVID WHITE, Unus Road, Box 356, Route 6,
Lewisburg, West Virginia 24901. Can you help him?)
I'm happy to receive a letter from an old friend, FRANK J.
BURRIS, 1102 Box Canyon Road, Fallbrook, California 92028. It's
been awhile since we heard from him. He writes:
'One good thing does lead to another in your wonderful
column, consequently herewith is a bit of fine coal, which if fired
lightly, will keep down any black smoke re: the excellent response
of worthy engineer Thomas Stebritz contained in IMA Mar/Apr, page
'My previous article, as mentioned, was intended only to
reveal the drafting layout of a common type of radial valve gear,
with comments concerning the objectives of utilizing this type as
compared with shifting eccentrics, links, and simple Marsh. As
commonly utilized, such gear permits 'hookin' up'
without changing the lead setting of the valve. Now the question
arises 'What is the practical advantage of hookin' up
'Well, quite often there may be an almost un-measurable
difference when we limit the discussion to our dear old traction
engine. But have no qualms if you pose that question to the fireman
for a good old-time railway engineer; for he will tell you very
earnestly that it makes all the difference in the world regarding
aching backs. And well do I recall the bitter complaining of some
of these chaps who became unlucky to heave for a hogger who seemed
to have little respect for either his fireman or the drain of water
from the tender. I do recall one instance, at the end of glorious
'Teens', when one good fireman became so outraged at the
engineers running 'down in the corner' and indulging in
excessive blowing off to 'clean the boiler,' that he
finally and desperately tripped the air-operated fire door and
tossed his #10 scoop into the roaring firebox! Needless to say,
without a spare scoop, that load of freight came to a rapid halt;
and one engineer was chastised 'on the carpet'.
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