Lynn Robinson. Showman Scenic Part 2

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Re: Lynn Robinson. Showman Scenic Part 2

Post  lynnr on Mon 18 Sep 2017, 9:55 am

Hi

I think she did enjoy down south but complained about the taste in the water.
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Re: Lynn Robinson. Showman Scenic Part 2

Post  poachermas on Wed 20 Sep 2017, 3:13 pm

I bet she's loving the soft water you have up there, as opposed to the hard water down south.
The above comment has got me thinking, I'm no chemist,but I wonder if these engines have a preference for soft/hard water,apart from the obvious limescale associated with hard water.
I keep koi and know that in Japan the fish grow very quick in mud ponds which is very soft water,and in this country to try to replicate this people have to use reverse osmosis to reduce the TDS in the water column.
Interesting stuff H2O.
Anyway glad she's back safe and sound,and look forward to more videos
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2017 Winter Maintenance

Post  lynnr on Wed 27 Sep 2017, 3:19 pm

Well maintenance has started.

Nice dry day so starting open her up and do some painting.

The sign another season over. Dismantling of Crystals pram.



Starting to open Crystal ready for inspection.



And since it is nice and dry at the moment. A spot of painting.



Even the trailer is getting a few coats of floor paint. Strange stuff this water based paint. Sky blue in the pot. Mid blue when first brushed on. Then dries to black via dark green.



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Re: Lynn Robinson. Showman Scenic Part 2

Post  lynnr on Mon 02 Oct 2017, 11:02 am

Hi All

Crystal passed her cold test this morning with one small problem. Well not really a problem. The pressure gauge was reading fast a little but accepted by the inspector. So I got him to test a spare gauge in my spares bin and it was spot on. So changed to a new gauge.

I just need to clean the threads in the fire crown for the fusible plug as its a bit tight and may damage the brass threads. Possibly just a bit of muck stuck to the threads.

Time to put her back together for the in steam test. Not doing it today as it is very very wet.
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Post  lynnr on Thu 05 Oct 2017, 3:01 pm

Hi All

Crystal passed her 6th in Steam test today. Wow where has the time gone.



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Post  lynnr on Fri 06 Oct 2017, 11:50 am

Now she has passed her steam test it is bed time. Hibernation for the winter.


So when she was down to 50psi and the fire dropped. I started a blowdown. This went all the way to dry and when no pressure left and she is still hot. All plugs out, valve covers off, tender and belly tanks drained. The drying out starts.

Today I progressed by putting her drying "tails" in. These wick out any final water lurking around the foundation ring and bosses in the tanks.



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Post  Jim the Shovel on Fri 06 Oct 2017, 3:29 pm

Now that's a good tip with the wicks.
Nice one Lynn.

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Re: Lynn Robinson. Showman Scenic Part 2

Post  lynnr on Mon 09 Oct 2017, 3:11 pm

Done a bit more today. General maintenance and fitted the rear marker lamp.



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Re: Lynn Robinson. Showman Scenic Part 2

Post  Robfishman on Sat 11 Nov 2017, 3:51 pm

You have been busy Lynn, all your images are back
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Re: Lynn Robinson. Showman Scenic Part 2

Post  chas12154 on Sat 11 Nov 2017, 5:12 pm

Hi Lynn,
Great pictures and information, as usual. Got a question for you, I have just come to the end of my build, now need to sort out getting it tested. I understand that I will need to get a hydraulic test done, what do I need to to to the engine to get this done? Do I need an open inspection too?
I have joined a model club where I think I can get test done.
Any advise would be appreciated

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Re: Lynn Robinson. Showman Scenic Part 2

Post  Robfishman on Sat 11 Nov 2017, 10:39 pm

The best thing is to speak to your boiler inspector and ask him what he expects to see.  Mine would have been happy with all the cladding on, but mine has not been fitted.   What you will need to do is make a plate to seal off the safety valve opening on the cylinder, as for the hydraulic you’ll be above their setting. Other than that mine was tested as was with nothing blanked off by a commercial inspector.


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Re: Lynn Robinson. Showman Scenic Part 2

Post  lynnr on Sat 11 Nov 2017, 10:39 pm

Hi Charlie

Two routes exist. Club inspection or commercial. Each has pros and cons.

Commercial. Professional inspection. Cold dry inspection of boiler, firebox, tube plates, borescope of the inside, pressure gauge inspection and test, sightglass inspection, safety valves off for inspection and fusible plug inspection. Requires all plugs out and ashpan off.
Hydraulic, as much as possible blanked off and use the supplied blanking plate in place of your safety valves. Pressurised. The company my inspector works for already had the hydraulic test for the boiler and was happy with it. Between 7 and 10 years for thorough inspection and hydraulic, dependant on cold inspection history. My inspector comes to me. Independent of insurance company.

More expensive

Club
Basically the same but you take to them and the hydraulic is every 2 years. Only valid as long as you're a member. Club insurance. A lot of clubs will not do steel boilers especially the size of Burrells at 4" and above. I have know some events not to accept "club inspected" models

Cheap if a club is close to you. My nearest is 350 miles round trip.

Hydraulic. You will notice when you got your boiler every hole in the shell has a threaded hole. This is to allow full blanking off at the factory to do the builders hydraulic. If you have,for example, a leaky starter valve, blank off the port on the pressure side to assist with getting the pressure retention.


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Post  chas12154 on Sun 12 Nov 2017, 5:53 pm

Hi Lynn,

Thanks for that, it does help. I have the 2" engine, so much easier to move about. I had joined the local model club, where I understand I can get engine tested, I'll have to inquire if this test will cover me at other events, and what is required of me to do to get the test. The insurance I need to get is separate from the steam ticket I gather?
Not doing any of this before unsure what I'm meant to do or need to be legal.

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Post  lynnr on Sun 12 Nov 2017, 6:43 pm

Hi Charlie

Yes steam ticket is separate to insurance. Being a 2" I do not think you will be roading so road traffic act insurance and registration will not be required.

Walker Midgley is basically the de facto for model insurance. They even do insurance for tools and trailer etc.
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Post  chas12154 on Sun 12 Nov 2017, 6:52 pm

Hi Lynn.

Thanks, I will write the name down and inquire what the cost will be for my 2"
I'm getting a 2" scale saw bench made for me to rn with engine. A trailer will be required to transport that about, so could get them covered on insurance too.

Thanks for your help and advise.

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Re: Lynn Robinson. Showman Scenic Part 2

Post  lynnr on Tue 05 Dec 2017, 9:34 pm

Crystals roof got some TLC this last while. The roof coating was very hard wearing but it did have some poor surface problems in the resin coat. So a complete sand down and redo was in order.

I actually only went out to clean the roof.





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Re: Lynn Robinson. Showman Scenic Part 2

Post  He Who Must Not Be Blamed on Wed 06 Dec 2017, 5:57 pm

lynnr wrote:
I actually only went out to clean the roof.

In some classic car circles, this is known as 'shipwright's disease'. You set out to do a simple job and before you know it, you're doing a major refit.

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