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    Default How to fire up a steam locomotive

    I don't think this has been posted here yet. At least, I haven't seen it. And you're welcome in advance!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xx9Q8PphAVo
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    @Mobile One

    Ohhh, that was too kewl. Moose peed a little...
    = > ÷

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    Quote Originally Posted by Moose2013 View Post

    Ohhh, that was too kewl. Moose peed a little...
    Really?!?
    I didn't need that vision in my head.....Thanks Moose.


    I'll admit, that was a kool video. Gave a good insight on the workings of a steamer.
    I can understand now why they always said that the Steam crews were married to their locomotives.

    It also reminded me of another neat steam video. I think it was called "Running that New River train".
    Always enjoyed watching that video and seeing just what the old hoggers had to go through to get a train moving and
    keep the locos running strong.
    It's more than just hanging out the window, blowing the whistle and waving.

    Thanks for sharing @Mobile One
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    Quote Originally Posted by Moose2013 View Post
    @Mobile One

    Ohhh, that was too kewl. Moose peed a little...
    I thought something smelled moosey :hmm: :stink:

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    Quote Originally Posted by Moose2013 View Post
    Ohhh, that was too kewl. Moose peed a little...
    Yep, definitely cool. (Maybe Moosey needs to contemplate ADULT MOOSE DIAPERS?)
    N-joy!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tred View Post
    Yep, definitely cool. (Maybe Moosey needs to contemplate ADULT MOOSE DIAPERS?)
    ADULT? Seriously? Are we talking the same Moose?

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    Moose-pee? Ain't that a recreational beverage in the Great White North?

    Really cool video!
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    Quote Originally Posted by badlandnp View Post
    Moose-pee? Ain't that a recreational beverage in the Great White North?

    Really cool video!
    You have to boil it first, but yes that’s where Maple Syrup comes from

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    Great video! Thanks for sharing!

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    Quote Originally Posted by coffeeman View Post
    You have to boil it first, but yes that’s where Maple Syrup comes from


    Ummm, yep, there goes Moose's breakfast...
    = > ÷

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    Quote Originally Posted by Heiko View Post
    ADULT? Seriously? Are we talking the same Moose?

    Heiko
    Okay, you've got me there. Since when, has Moosey ever acted like an ADULT. Thank you for the correction. LOL
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    What's the matter, Moosey? Did ya get DE-railed?

    I now return this thread back to it's original subject matter. It is a great video.
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    I was talking to one of my elderly customers, and she was never happier when they retired steam. Why? I asked. Because her hubby came home cleaner! His clothes as a fireman always came home just black with dirt and soot, soot, soot!! Which can be seen happening some in this video. However, the NP used a very dirty brown coal, which was also very low sulphur and other stuff.
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    Yeah, as a matter of fact, my father just recently told me about my great-grandmother and how happy she was when steam was off the rails - they lived in the Rhein-Ruhr-area of Germany with heavy oil- and coal-powered freight engines running until just about the very end of steam in Germany (1977 in the West) and she would have trouble drying her laundry outside without it getting all sooty again. Something to definitely keep in mind when we admire those heavy monsters these days...

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    Quote Originally Posted by badlandnp View Post
    I was talking to one of my elderly customers, and she was never happier when they retired steam. Why? I asked. Because her hubby came home cleaner! His clothes as a fireman always came home just black with dirt and soot, soot, soot!! Which can be seen happening some in this video. However, the NP used a very dirty brown coal, which was also very low sulphur and other stuff.
    Yeah, coal is certainly not just coal.
    I remember back in my fireman days at the Railway Museum I've been using very dirty coal that wasn't burning well but instead tended to melt the slag into cakes on the firebox grating, so I had to work the grate constantly with the firebox tools.
    At the other end of the spectrum I've been using coal that ignited even before the lumps settled on the grate because of very high content of hydrogen. That was a fireman's dream.

    And yes, the steamers polluted and were fairly inefficient and all that, but I love them all the same
    @Mobile One: Great video. Thanks for posting.
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    Aye! They are dirty old things, but there is just something intriguing and so very . . .alive about them! Hence, not a diseasel in sight on the NPBH!
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