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  1. Steve replied to the thread Diesel Brake Tender.

    Although it is possible to end tip with just a crane, all the end tipplers I've come across were fixed installations and had retractable stops that made contact with the buffers.. On some tipplers, you could only tip in one direction so there...

    Mar 23, 2017 at 4:59 PM
  2. Steve replied to the thread Diesel Brake Tender.

    Very interesting posts because I've learnt something I've never considered, even though I had an involvement with them. Tipplers were a common part of workingat some collieries but, until now, I've never thought of the effect on oil boxes and I...

    Mar 23, 2017 at 4:26 PM
  3. Steve replied to the thread Diesel Brake Tender.

    That's a new one on me!! Yes, there were minfits but I've never heard of the vac gear being removed. Why would the vac cylinders or pipework be damaged when going through a tippler?

    Mar 22, 2017 at 10:59 PM
  4. Steve replied to the thread Bridge that Gap. GCR???.

    You would hope........

    Mar 21, 2017 at 6:40 PM
  5. Steve replied to the thread Fire Bars.

    What the fireman does can certainly have an effect. Dampers, condition of the fire and use of fire irons are all contributors under the control of the fireman. As you say, coal is a bit of an indeterminate. I don't think 'top dollar' is...

    Mar 21, 2017 at 11:20 AM
  6. Steve replied to the thread Fire Bars.

    Tom is quite correct. There would be an increase in heat produced but not temperature. The two are fundamentally different. In simplistic terms, it is akin to volts and amps. the voltage stays constant but the current goes up as the demand...

    Mar 20, 2017 at 11:50 PM
  7. Steve replied to the thread Fire Bars.

    There's nothing really to add to this.

    Mar 20, 2017 at 5:50 PM
  8. Steve liked Jamessquared's post in the thread Fire Bars.

    I don't think that is quite true. Firstly, the absolute peak temperature that can be attained in the fire (the limiting case for considering the properties of the metal fire bars) is limited by the specifics of the chemical reaction between coal...

    Mar 20, 2017 at 5:50 PM
  9. Steve replied to the thread 9F 92134: Is it still progressing?.

    Back then I was ignorant of reality and believed in the old idea that the frames maketh the loco so having a boiler was just an add-on.

    Mar 20, 2017 at 5:45 PM
  10. Steve replied to the thread 9F 92134: Is it still progressing?.

    It always was a relative thing when going round the works where everything was stripped down. When confronted with a set of frames with no obvious identifier the stamping of parts was your only clue. It was a question eliminating any over...

    Mar 20, 2017 at 10:26 AM
  11. Steve replied to the thread 9F 92134: Is it still progressing?.

    Well, you'll just have to do what we used to do going round workshops with stripped down locos and look for the number stamped on the axle ends! Where there's a will, there's a way.

    Mar 20, 2017 at 7:48 AM
  12. Steve replied to the thread 9F 92134: Is it still progressing?.

    To help you with your spaceship identity problems, 92134 has a single chimney, unique amongst the survivors. You may be confused about the rest but never 92134.:)

    Mar 19, 2017 at 7:31 PM