Locomotive Engine Driving; A Practical Manual for Engineers in Charge of Locomotive Engines
This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1878 edition. Excerpt: ... are put in working trim. They should also be tallowed. Every plug about the boiler should be properly attended to, and made perfectly steam-tight. The taps of the gauge-cock require extra care; and, whilst being perfectly tight, they should be workable at all times by the thumb and forefinger only. The screw-plug, which is in a direct line with the waterway into the boiler, should be taken out and the waterway cleaned. It is a sure indication of a third-rate engineman when we hear of a gauge-glass breaking and giving people a wetting; but several men have made very serious mistakes by neglecting the cocks. In one instance, when the glass broke while the driver was trying with the shovel to shut off the steam and the water, he lost all thought of W--distant signal, which was against him, and he ran into a horse-box standing at the station. A very promising young driver, who had just relieved another driver, lost his life entirely through the bad condition in which the gauge-taps were left by the first driver. The glass broke, and the relieving-driver, finding that he could not shut the cocks, proceeded towards M the back of the tender to obtain a monkey-spanner, which he constantly carried with him. In the excitement of the moment, the steam and the water blowing about, he forgot to look out for bridges, and was unfortunately knocked off the tender and killed. On shed-day, every little job should be attended to by the driver, or the fireman, or a fitter. To do so thoroughly a little foresight is needed, and especially where the appliances of the running-shed are limited. It is therefore desirable that it should be pretty well known, in advance, by the foreman and the fitter, what is required to be done to an engine on the shed-day, when...
- Paperback | 90 pages
- 189 x 246 x 5mm | 177g
- 13 Sep 2013
- Illustrations, black and white