The Golden Age of Steam

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The Golden Age of Steam

Post  eddie on Thu Jun 23, 2011 6:15 pm

,,,started here:


Kettle boiling.


Locomotive made by Richard Trevithick and Andrew Vivian (1801), the first successful steam locomotive.


Stephenson's Rocket, 1829, the winner of the Rainhill trials.


Rocket, as preserved in the Science Museum, London.

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Post  eddie on Thu Jun 23, 2011 6:30 pm

...and some might say it ended with toy steam trains as the playthings of high-profile musicians:


Ros Stewart's model of Grand Central Station in the 1940's.


Frank Sinatra with part of his train set.


Pete Waterman's model railway.

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Post  eddie on Thu Jun 23, 2011 6:34 pm


Walschaerts valve gear in a steam locomotive. In this animation, the red colour represents live steam entering the cylinder, blue represents expanded (spent) steam being exhausted from the cylinder. Note that the cylinder receives two steam injections during each full rotation; the same occurs in the cylinder on the other side of the engine.

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Post  eddie on Thu Jun 23, 2011 6:35 pm


A steam locomotive with the boiler and firebox exposed.

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Post  eddie on Thu Jun 23, 2011 6:38 pm


Typical self-cleaning smokebox design.

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Post  eddie on Thu Jun 23, 2011 6:41 pm


Pressure gauges on Blackmore Vale. The right-hand one shows boiler pressure, the one on the left steam chest pressure.

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Post  eddie on Thu Jun 23, 2011 6:46 pm


Water gauge. Here the water in the boiler is at the "top nut", higher than the normal maximum working level.


The conventional means of watering a locomotive was by refilling its tender or tank, from trackside water towers or standpipes.

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Post  eddie on Thu Jun 23, 2011 6:48 pm


“Wakefield” brand displacement lubricator mounted on a locomotive boiler backplate. Through the right-hand sight glass a drip of oil (travelling upwards through water) can be seen.

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Post  eddie on Thu Jun 23, 2011 6:51 pm


Big-end bearing (with connecting rod and coupling rod) of Blackmoor Vale showing pierced cork stoppers to oil reservoirs.

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Post  eddie on Thu Jun 23, 2011 6:56 pm


The Gov. Stanford, a 4-4-0 (in Whyte notation) locomotive typical of 19th century American practice.

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Post  eddie on Thu Jun 23, 2011 6:59 pm


The main components of a steam locomotive.

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Post  eddie on Thu Jun 23, 2011 7:01 pm


Drawing of a Great Western Railway King Class locomotive.

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Post  eddie on Thu Jun 23, 2011 7:03 pm


Aftermath of a boiler exlosion on a railway locomotive, c 1850.

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Post  eddie on Thu Jun 23, 2011 7:06 pm


The Austria, the first steam locomotive in...er...Austria.

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Post  eddie on Thu Jun 23, 2011 7:11 pm


Steam Locomotive B-5112 in Ambarawa Railway Museum - Indonesia.

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Post  eddie on Thu Jun 23, 2011 7:14 pm


The 200th steam locomotive built by Clyde Engineering (TF 1164) from the Powerhouse Museum collection.

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Post  eddie on Thu Jun 23, 2011 7:18 pm


Reading and Northern Railroad number 425 being readied in Pennsylvania, U.S.A., for the daily tourist train in 1993.

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Post  eddie on Thu Jun 23, 2011 7:20 pm


Er 774 38 0-10-0 on Steam Special Train in Moscow 11 July 2010.

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Post  eddie on Thu Jun 23, 2011 7:24 pm


Northwestern Steel and Wire locomotive number 80, July 1964.

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Post  eddie on Thu Jun 23, 2011 7:27 pm


British industrial steam in the 1970s: a Robert Stephenson & Hawthorn 0-4-0ST shunting coal wagons at Agecroft Power Station, north of Manchester, in 1976.

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Post  eddie on Thu Jun 23, 2011 7:31 pm


Great Western Railway No. 6833 Calcot Grange, a 4-6-0 Grange class steam locomotive, at Bristol Temple Meads station, Bristol, England. Note the Belpaire (square-topped) firebox.

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Post  eddie on Thu Jun 23, 2011 7:34 pm


Preserved Great Western Railway locomotive Bradley Manor, with two oil lamps signifying an express passenger service, and between them a high-intensity electric lamp, added to comply with modern safety standards for mainline running.

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Post  eddie on Thu Jun 23, 2011 7:39 pm


Preserved British Railways Standard Class 7MT 4-6-2 70013 Oliver Cromwell on the North Norfolk Railway heritage line on 11 March 2010.

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Post  eddie on Thu Jun 23, 2011 7:43 pm


South Africa Class 26 The Red Devil.

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Post  eddie on Thu Jun 23, 2011 7:46 pm


Steam-cleaning the running gear of an "H" class locomotive, Chicago and North Western Railway, 1943.

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