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by James
Wed Nov 16, 2011 7:15 pm
Forum: Prototype Locomotive & Rolling Stock
Topic: NCNG #5 photo.
Replies: 6
Views: 2967

Re: NCNG #5 photo.

You're right, that oil bunker does look rather smaller than typical. Most retrofit oil bunkers on 19th century tenders seem to rise a foot or two higher than that one does. Figuring oil at about 4 times the BTUs an equivalent weight of wood, it quite likely had a longer range with even that smallish...
by James
Wed Nov 16, 2011 9:16 am
Forum: Prototype Locomotive & Rolling Stock
Topic: NCNG #5 photo.
Replies: 6
Views: 2967

Re: NCNG #5 photo.

The original tender for that engine was a 1200 gallon tank, which was about normal for a locomotive of that size (~557 sq. feet heating surface) in the 1870's. Most of the 12x16 4-4-0's built using the same size boiler had a smaller thousand gallon tank, as did the NCNG's smaller 11x16 4-4-0's, ince...
by James
Wed Nov 16, 2011 8:54 am
Forum: Prototype Locomotive & Rolling Stock
Topic: NCNG #8 photo.
Replies: 5
Views: 2764

Re: NCNG #8 photo.

Thanks for the photo, that's a good view. Another site suggests that the #8 was found to have D&RG #42's boiler. Is that correct? That sounds a little odd to me.

Never cared much for the whaleback tenders. I guess they're an example of "form follows function."
by James
Sat Jul 02, 2011 10:38 am
Forum: Western Narrow Gauge Discussion
Topic: Colusa & Lake RR
Replies: 34
Views: 17553

Re: Colusa & Lake RR

If the photo is available on your PC and there aren't copyright issues, you can share it by uploading to some image sharing site like http://imgur.com/ or any of the similar such sites and then merely provide us a link.
by James
Wed Jun 15, 2011 7:22 pm
Forum: Prototype Locomotive & Rolling Stock
Topic: The Art and Science of Locomotive Design: We need your help!
Replies: 2
Views: 2157

Re: The Art and Science of Locomotive Design: We need your h

I remembered this thread today and figured I could add another couple sites that I remembered since my last posting. Here's a volume by an Angus Sinclair dated to 1890; title is self-explanatory. LOCOMOTIVE ENGINE Running and Management This one discusses design, operation, and care of locomotives. ...
by James
Sun Jun 05, 2011 9:24 pm
Forum: Prototype Locomotive & Rolling Stock
Topic: Baldwin 18C design progresssion/performance & questions
Replies: 3
Views: 2315

Re: Baldwin 18C design progresssion/performance & questions

++I titled the thread for 18C's, but really I could talk about any of the Baldwin NG 4-4-0's. My own favorites are actually the slightly smaller engines (one size down) similar to Nevada County NG 1 and 3++ -------------------------------------------------------------------- Thanks for the commentar...
by James
Tue Apr 26, 2011 9:18 am
Forum: Prototype Locomotive & Rolling Stock
Topic: The Art and Science of Locomotive Design: We need your help!
Replies: 2
Views: 2157

Re: The Art and Science of Locomotive Design: We need your h

Sorry for not responding for so long; I foolishly don't keep bookmarks of informative volumes I locate on google books or elsewhere. I'll post a few of them that I happen to have used recently enough to still be present in my browser history. The technical volumes present a great insight into the pu...
by James
Mon Apr 25, 2011 8:31 pm
Forum: Australia & New Zealand Narrow Gauge
Topic: Tas. grade crossing
Replies: 2
Views: 5014

Tas. grade crossing

While browsing through google street view, I noticed a peculiar sort of fencing on a grade crossing in Tasmania outside Launceston. If the link feature works as advertised, this should link to it: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&ll=-41.464553,147.18621&spn=0.007429,0.027595&z=15&layer=c&cbll=-41.464...
by James
Wed Mar 16, 2011 4:06 pm
Forum: Prototype Locomotive & Rolling Stock
Topic: Consolidating the Baldwin 8-18C Data
Replies: 29
Views: 37400

Re: Consolidating the Baldwin 8-18C Data

I copied down the specs from the spec sheets provided by degolyer for the 8-18C drawing 10 in the same format as used on the spec table posted elsewhere on this site for various versions of the 12x16 or 18 Baldwin. As with all the Baldwin 4-4-0's, certain dimensions (such as driving wheels) had vari...
by James
Thu Feb 17, 2011 2:57 pm
Forum: Model Railroading
Topic: Bodie & Benton RR
Replies: 13
Views: 6491

Re: Bodie & Benton RR

I figured they wanted to keep the tank off the firebox since (at least based on woodcuts and such) that was generally where the tanks ended. In the era before flexible stays, it would have had a maintenance advantage. That hypothesis keeps well with Porter's advertisements of building locomotives wi...