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Puffing Billy: Commissioning of the oil-fired steam locmotive 14A successfully completed

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Puffing Billy 14A

Commissioning and initial staff training of the oil-fired NA-class steam locomotive 14A has beeen completed just before the  Easter holidays. The primary aim was to ensure steam traction even in times of high fire danger, thanks to spark-free operation of the oil-firing system. Before Diesel locomotives had to be used.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 18 April 2018 10:45
 

Vortrag an der Technischen Universität Berlin

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Der öffentliche Vortrag zum Thema Moderne Dampflokomotivtechnik findet am Dienstag, den 23. Januar 2018 um 16 Uhr an der TU Berlin statt. Eintritt frei.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 17 January 2018 08:40
 

Combined Heat, Power and Mobility CHPM - An Alternative to diesel and battery-powered Vehicles

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In combined heat and power processes, waste heat is often partly recovered for domestic heating and is therefore useful only in the cold season. Furthermore, as a result of climate change and better building technologies, the demand for heating energy is gradually declining.

Combining power and mobility opens up a range of new possiblities for waste heat recovery with no seasonal limitations. For instance waste heat from a gas power station can be used to produce hot water under pressure in a waste heat recovery boiler and the high pressure steam uesd to drive modern steam powered vehicles. In comparison with battery powered vehicles, water is much cheaper than lithium and there is no fading of perfomance over time nor from low temperatures. The life expectancy of hot water pressure vessels exceeds that of electric batteries by alarge margin.

The concept offers numerous applications. In energy intensive industries such as steel or cement, the entire works traffic (locomotives, trucks and so on) can be operated recovering waste heat, offering fuel cost savings and environmental benefits. Modern steam powered vehicles operate entirely free of emissions and therefore do not require emission control systems that are expensive to buy and heavy on maintenance.

The illustration shows the principal function of an airport tug operated by waste heat.

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 13 December 2017 13:56
 

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 20 December 2017 09:58
 

Light Oil Firing for Puffing Billy in Australia

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The Australian tourist railway "Puffing Billy" is worldfamous. DLM received an order to convert one of their coal-fired NA-class locomotives to oil firing. This will eliminate sparks that prevent the use of steam locomotives in case of fire danger. The diesel locomotives that substituted the steam locomotives in fire hazard conditions have not been popular. The modernization has already begun. The outer appearance of the locomotive will not be changed. This method has already been successfully done with the conversion of the steam locomotive "Heidi".

Puffing Billy_Trestle

A coal-fired NA-class steam locomotive hauls a passenger train over the wooden trestle near Belgrave. Photo: Roger Waller.

Last Updated on Friday, 29 September 2017 16:31
 
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