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Puffing Billy: Oil-fired NA-class locomotive 14A in regular traffic

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On  Mai 24, 2018 the oil-fired NA-class locomotive hauled the first official time-tabled passenger train and is since regularly used, mainly on the entire section to Gembrook. At the same time, firemen and driver training has been  extended.

The main reason for the conversion to light oil firing was the elimination of fire danger and many a steam railway in Europe and the USA may now wish to have had the same foresight. Climate change results in more frequent and longer dry periods, even in countries once famous for rain. So the question to be asked more and more often is: would you rather have an oil-fired steam locmotive or a  replacement diesel in front of your train?

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Tony (Ashcat) Marsden took this areal view by means of a drone. It shows oil-fired 14A on the 1 in 30 gradient before Gembrook.


Last Updated on Tuesday, 31 July 2018 11:38

Successful Steam Event, all Steam Trains on time

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The Steam Centre of Winterthur recorded a high number of visitors and all steam trains run exactly on time. The picture shows the arrival of coal-fired 52 2988 (052 988-3) with the feeder train from Rottweil, before 52 8055 took over. Photo Roger Waller

Last Updated on Tuesday, 31 July 2018 10:04

Steam Event at Winterthur's Steam Centre on June 9 and 10, 2018, Steam Trains on June 10, 2018

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The Steam Centre at Winterthur www.dampfzentrum.ch offers an attractive steam event on the weekend of June 9 and 10. Several of its mainly industrial steam engines will be in steam, others are demonstrated working on compressed air. On Sunday there will be a steam train from Rottweil to Winterthur with 50 2988 and 52 8055, see pamphlets. 52 8055 then works a round trip out of Winterthur. All trains have a dining car.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 23 May 2018 07:51

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

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