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A Wash and Brush Up
« on: January 09, 2018, 04:13:33 pm »
Hopefully this hasn't been posted before.
Just as well they didn't have a water meter!!!


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Re: A Wash and Brush Up
« Reply #1 on: January 10, 2018, 05:36:19 pm »
Not the cleanest of jobs. My uncle Harry used to be a shed cleaner. He came home as dirty as a coal miner.
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Re: A Wash and Brush Up
« Reply #2 on: January 10, 2018, 07:08:58 pm »
When you think they drained 1500 gallons of water out of the boiler of just that one loco, the water consumption of BR at the time must have been humongous :o
Did it rain more in the steam era?

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Re: A Wash and Brush Up
« Reply #3 on: January 10, 2018, 08:47:44 pm »
What a wonderful film!

Thank you for posting, NPN.

It clearly shows how much, whenever one is around a locomotive in steam, one depends on the boilersmith or boiler inspector.

Worth observing that the 'Standard Five' is a 'modern' engine with labour-saving devices!

And, modellers please note - 'backplate' (sometimes 'faceplate'), but not 'backhead'!

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Re: A Wash and Brush Up
« Reply #4 on: January 12, 2018, 10:50:25 pm »
What a wonderful film!

Thank you for posting, NPN.

It clearly shows how much, whenever one is around a locomotive in steam, one depends on the boilersmith or boiler inspector.

Worth observing that the 'Standard Five' is a 'modern' engine with labour-saving devices!

And, modellers please note - 'backplate' (sometimes 'faceplate'), but not 'backhead'!

Thanks again and all good wishes.

John


back plate is a midland name, on the Western we call it the backhead, just as what they call "the jet" we call the blower

Regards,

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Re: A Wash and Brush Up
« Reply #5 on: January 12, 2018, 11:48:01 pm »
Just watched that again. And I thought teaching was a hard job!

Those guys certainly earned their money.
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Re: A Wash and Brush Up
« Reply #6 on: January 13, 2018, 08:40:15 am »
What a wonderful film!

Thank you for posting, NPN.

It clearly shows how much, whenever one is around a locomotive in steam, one depends on the boilersmith or boiler inspector.

Worth observing that the 'Standard Five' is a 'modern' engine with labour-saving devices!

And, modellers please note - 'backplate' (sometimes 'faceplate'), but not 'backhead'!

Thanks again and all good wishes.

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back plate is a midland name, on the Western we call it the backhead, just as what they call "the jet" we call the blower

Regards,

Alex

Many thanks for this, Alex.

That's very interesting.  I've always wondered where modellers got the 'backhead' term from.  Given the amount of GWR material that was published in the 1950s and 1960s, I can now see how the term became ubiquitous.

On my home turf, it is 'faceplate', but most other places 'backplate' has been used.  I'll make sure I spend some time around GWR locomotives to pick up the terminology.  That ought to be a pleasure as I like them very much.

'Blower' to me, rather than 'jet'.  And 'scooter' rather than 'pep pipe'!

Thanks again and all good wishes.

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Re: A Wash and Brush Up
« Reply #7 on: January 13, 2018, 12:49:09 pm »
That was very interesting.  Thank you Mick.  I didn't know they were so complicated and labour intensive.  That said what were the driver and fireman doing whilst the first guy did his bit.  I bet a time and motion study would have sacked him and had the driver and fireman doing his bit.

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Re: A Wash and Brush Up
« Reply #8 on: January 13, 2018, 02:38:34 pm »
Thanks for posting that excellent video. Amazing to think all this maintenance after just 12 to 16 days work. It was very informative and as members have said, it is an huge amount of water for one wash out. I found it really fascinating.
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Re: A Wash and Brush Up
« Reply #9 on: January 13, 2018, 11:21:33 pm »
Very interesting, Mick

Having to do all that after 2 weeks of running, it's no wonder that steam gave way to diesel.

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Re: A Wash and Brush Up
« Reply #10 on: January 14, 2018, 12:11:12 am »
Minutes 12 to 14 (ish) reminded me of rifle cleaning.
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Re: A Wash and Brush Up
« Reply #11 on: January 14, 2018, 09:23:14 am »
When you think they drained 1500 gallons of water out of the boiler of just that one loco, the water consumption of BR at the time must have been humongous :o
Did it rain more in the steam era?
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Re: A Wash and Brush Up
« Reply #12 on: January 15, 2018, 06:42:55 am »
as others have said, very interesting and informative. I must admit to not really understanding steam engines needed cleaning that often.

 

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