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Post  lynnr on Thu 05 Apr 2012, 3:27 am

Hi All

It maybe sad or excessive but I have been compiling a safe operating checklist. I like check lists with being a private pilot Very Happy also with a brain like a chicken and keep forgetting things.

Not finished yet or definitive.


“Crystal” Burrell Scenic Showman Engine.


Safety procedures.

1. Engine preparation.
a. Engine is chocked and brakes are on.
b. Verify ashpan is clean, if not clean.
c. Verify fire bars are clear and serviceable.
d. Visually inspect firebox for distortion or foreign objects.
e. Inspect fusible plug for serviceability and signs of melting.
f. Refit ashpan if required.
g. Clean fire hole door rails of residue.
h. Inspect water sight glass for serviceability and clarity.
i. Confirm fire tubes are clear and clean. If not rectify.
j. Inspect smokebox, clean if required.
k. Inspect chimney, blast pipe and blower pipe for blockages, clean if required.
l. Confirm that clack valves for steam injector and mechanical pump are FULLY open. (Mark is at right angles to the boiler for open).
m. Confirm all washout plugs are in place.
n. Fill boiler to 2/3 glass on flat ground.
o. Check tank balance pipe valve is open.
p. Fill water tanks to full and verify on tender level gauge.
q. Open drain on sight glass and confirm water runs out.
r. Close valves on sight glass and confirm water does not continue.
s. Cycle blow down valve to check clear.
t. Confirm plug in smokebox in place.
u. Open cylinder drain cocks.
v. Confirm out of gear and gear change levers are locked.
w. Turn engine over 10 revolutions in each direction using the flywheel. Confirm motion is free to move and serviceable.
x. Confirm blower and steam injector valves are closed.
y. Check function of Reverser. Confirm Reverser is in central position when finished.
z. Check function of Regulator. Confirm Regulator is closed when complete.
aa. Confirm Safety valves are clear of all obstructions.
bb. Check surrounding area is clear of danger and combustible or explosive substances before proceeding to Lighting up.



2. Lighting up.
a. Check Fire extinguisher equipment easily accessible and within specification.
b. Check First Aid kit easily accessible.
c. If possible set engine face in to wind.
d. Damper full open.
e. Extension chimney attached.
f. Heat proof gloves at hand.
g. Check availability of lubrication supplies.
h. Ready supply of kindling and coal.
i. Confirm boiler water level is correct before proceeding.
j. Configure fire and ignite.
k. Monitor fire.
l. Oil up.
m. Polish up. “Hot” bits first.
n. Check for pressure.
o. Confirm water level has not changed. If so you have a leak
p. Once pressure has passed 20psi check:-
i. Blowdown valve function.
ii. Sight glass blowdown function.
iii. Inspect all valves and fittings for leaks.
q. At 40psi open blower to assist in fire management and steam building if needed.
r. Remember you will start using water from now on. CHECK water level very regularly.
s. Periodically operate reversing lever and regulator to warm the cylinders. Operating the drain valves as required. Turn the engine over slowly to get oil flowing.
t. Once suitable pressure reached
i. Perform blowdown test on the water gauge.
ii. Test steam injector and mechanical water pump. Observe water level rising.
u. Build pressure and allow safety valves to lift to check function.
v. Visually check for leaks.
w. Run engine slowly to confirm free movement of all parts.
x. Engine now ready for service.

3. Operating and Running.
a. Engine will be operated and run in a safe manner at all times.
b. Any questions or doubt must be addressed to the engine owner immediately. Be prepared to drop the fire.
c. Designated driver will always be confirmed.
d. Positive handover of designated driver must be performed if you intend to leave the engine.
e. It is the designated driver’s responsibility for the care of the engine. Including water level and fire maintenance.
f. No driver allowed on public roads without a valid driving license.
g. No guest driver allowed without competent person in attendance at all times.
h. 1st gear only to be used for guest drivers unless authorised by engine owner.
i. Persons under 14 restricted to steering only. (Regulator requires strength to operate smoothly.)
j. Gear change will only be performed when stationary and mechanical breaking applied.
k. Gear locking pins must be in place at all times.
l. If operating on public highway.
i. Official number plates must be shown front of engine and rear of last item in train.
ii. Tax disc must be on display.
iii. Abbreviated details of Insurance must be carried.
m. All trailer pins must be secured with “R” clips if passengers carried.


4. Emergency Procedure.
a. In the event of running out of water or excessively low water in the boiler is detected OR ANY OTHER emergency. The fire must be immediately dropped.
i. If possible move engine to a non-flammable surface.
ii. Clear surrounding area of engine. All non-essential persons to be at a safe distance.
iii. Using the heat resistant gloves. Remove the four “R” clips around the ashpan and allow the ashpan to drop to the ground. You may have to assist the ashpan drop.
iv. Once ashpan is on ground. IMMEDIATELY move the engine or ashpan clear.
v. If there is danger in leaving the fire on the ashpan. Extinguish the fire.
vi. If there is pressure in the boiler use the injector or pump to replenish the boiler water level if possible.
vii. If no water available. Close the bottom sight glass valve and open sight glass blowdown valve to release pressure. STAY CLEAR of engine until ALL pressure released.
viii. If not already extinguished. Extinguish the fire.
ix. Leave sight glass upper and blowdown valves open.
x. DO NOT reset fire until inspection by qualified engineer or engine owner.

5. End of steam session.
a. Engine parked on level ground.
b. Mechanical brakes applied and chocks in place.
c. Ashpan cleaning tray in place.
d. If fire still going.
i. Remove chocks and loosen off brakes.
ii. Drop ashpan on to cleaning tray.
iii. Promptly move engine off fire.
iv. Reapply brakes and chocks.
e. Operate blowdown valve to clear deposits if required.
f. Fill boiler to required level if pressure allows:-
i. Steaming within
1. Next 24 hours to 2 days. Just below full glass.
2. 3 days or more. “Water wedge” the boiler.
g. Allow remaining pressure to dissipate. Do NOT allow water level to drop below ½ glass.
h. Clean engine and apply preservation oiling.
i. Clean smokebox and chimney.
j. Confirm blast and blower pipes are clear.
k. Once firebox is cooled. Visually inspect for damage.
l. Remove old fire from ashpan and clean.
m. Dream of the next session.



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Re: Operating Procedures

Post  mikero on Thu 05 Apr 2012, 5:13 am

Good idea, but may I suggest that under 2. between j and k add "Make and drink coffee".

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Re: Operating Procedures

Post  lynnr on Thu 05 Apr 2012, 5:19 am

mikero wrote:Good idea, but may I suggest that under 2. between j and k add "Make and drink coffee".

Mike

lol Tea for me please!

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Re: Operating Procedures

Post  Steam Traction World on Thu 05 Apr 2012, 5:52 am

Lynn,

Think you need to add in before Number 1....................

Turn up at show two days early to do safety procedures lol Very Happy

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Re: Operating Procedures

Post  lynnr on Thu 05 Apr 2012, 5:57 am

Quite funny if not dangerous. Watching a railway steam engine wandering off by itself as the pressure climbed sufficient to start moving as the regulator and reverser were not shut off.

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Steaming check list

Post  Steve Traill on Thu 05 Apr 2012, 9:46 am

Abreviated version:

1. Check water

2. Light fire

3. Oil up

4. Open beer

5. Enjoy

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Post  highpressure on Thu 05 Apr 2012, 9:49 am

I didnt want to appear rude but OCD springs to mind. My prelight procedure is

Is the old fire still in the pan, if so clear it.

Any water in the gauge, if not get about 1/2" or so in the bottom ( trust me having steamed with a quite full glass it expands and fills the boiler to the top and then takes about a 1 1/2 hours to get a head of steam )

Light up and go round oiling those bits thats you remember..... Embarassed

Every now and then I remember to rod the tubes out... Shocked

Lets not forget (after being safe ) this is about having fun... Very Happy

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Re: Operating Procedures

Post  Robfishman on Thu 05 Apr 2012, 12:27 pm

Steve Traill wrote:Abreviated version:

1. Check water

2. Light fire

3. Oil up

4. Open beer

5. Enjoy

Thats my kind of checklist!!!

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Re: Operating Procedures

Post  Brian M on Fri 06 Apr 2012, 2:36 am

What a great comment!

Robfishman wrote:
Steve Traill wrote:Abreviated version:

1. Check water

2. Light fire

3. Oil up

4. Open beer

5. Enjoy

Thats my kind of checklist!!!

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Re: Operating Procedures

Post  Flasback on Fri 06 Apr 2012, 2:57 am

Brian M wrote:What a great comment!

Robfishman wrote:
Steve Traill wrote:Abreviated version:

1. Check water

2. Light fire

3. Oil up

4. Open beer

5. Enjoy

Thats my kind of checklist!!!
Got to say that this forum now needs a vote box of was information helpful 'answer yes' maybe you need to alter the number 1 to say OPEN BEER and remove old cans Twisted Evil

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Re: Operating Procedures

Post  lynnr on Fri 06 Apr 2012, 4:43 am

Well at least it got some of you lot chatting on here. Laughing Laughing Laughing

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Re: Operating Procedures

Post  Robfishman on Fri 06 Apr 2012, 1:19 pm

Very Happy Very Happy

For anyone (including me) who hasn't steamed before your check list is very useful.

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Re: Operating Procedures

Post  highpressure on Fri 06 Apr 2012, 1:38 pm

Hey Rob,

When I'm able to steam meet up with me at a rally somewhere down here and you can spend as long as you like firing with me, if its a two day event I am almost certainly on my own for one of the days, people in doors can only cope with one day.... Rolling Eyes

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Post  Robfishman on Fri 06 Apr 2012, 2:59 pm

Thanks Kev, I may take you up on that in the future. Very Happy Very Happy

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Operating instructions

Post  Steve Traill on Fri 06 Apr 2012, 3:50 pm

My abreviated list was written a bit tongue in cheek, Lynns list willl be a very good list to print off and check through the first few times, I can understand that for anyone new to this hobby there is a lot to think about & worry about. Well don't worry! STW will include, near the end of the build, an excellent set of instructions for steaming the first few times. Also, if you can, have an experienced friend to 'hold your hand' for the first time or take the engine to a club event. Little things will go wrong but nothing a bit of tinkering won't fix. Initially these are high maintenance engines until you've let everything settle down, got to know its little qwerks & let it run in................... then my list applies! cheers cheers cheers

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Post  mikero on Sat 07 Apr 2012, 3:40 pm

May I also suggest that if it is wet and rainy back your engine into your caravan awning to keep your feet warm, I am sure this is the advice that Steve and Tim would give you. Wink

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Re: Operating Procedures

Post  Robfishman on Sun 08 Apr 2012, 4:08 am

....in which case better add "fit spark arrestor to chimney" to the checklist.


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Re: Operating Procedures

Post  Seddon & Black on Fri 13 Apr 2012, 2:10 am

Would it be an idea to read the NTET Code of Practice? It has lots of useful information, many things you probably wouldn't think of, and gives some understanding behind why you're doing things, rather than just a check list.

There are 8 parts to it, all of which are under constant review:
Part 1 - Operation and Maintenance
Part 2 - Driving and Conduct on the Road and in Public Places
Part 3 - Transport, Laying-Up and Storage
Part 4 - NTET Written Scheme of Examination
Part 5 - Mechanical Inspection
Part 6 - Repairs
Part 7 - Appeals and Arbitration
Part 8 - Records and Reports

Not all of it will be relevant to models, but the majority will. It's very comprehensive and has been written and re-written by a number of experienced engine owners over quite a long period of time!

It's all free for download (NTET Member or not). Look here: http://www.ntet.co.uk/owners-drivers/code-of-practice

Personally I like to know why I'm doing something, not just that I need to do it, so prefer this to a check list. if you want a check list I'd suggest you'd be wise to work from it, but after a couple of steamings and getting a good understanding of everything, you won't need one.

Sorry this is written under the Seddon & Black user name, I'm waiting for my personal account to be activiated.

Regards,

Joe

P.S. - There's also a couple of books on the subject.

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Post  Robfishman on Fri 13 Apr 2012, 9:42 am

Thanks for the information Joe.

You are right, have read a couple of books on it, and in one it talked about checking the connection between the smoke box and chimney as the author (i forget who) had had a chimney fall off during operation due to corrosion. Thats one that only comes from experiance!!

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