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 Post subject: Re: Boston and Maine #3713 progress
PostPosted: Thu Jan 27, 2011 5:35 pm 

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Gents, If 26 is any indication of the quality that Steamtown and the contractors can do, then I will be ready to bet she will roll out a "brand new" engine. Lots of work still to go on 26 but the shop guys are working hard on it.


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 Post subject: Re: Boston and Maine #3713 progress
PostPosted: Thu Jan 27, 2011 8:04 pm 

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Thanks everybody for all of your encouraging news on this loco.


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 Post subject: Re: Boston and Maine #3713 progress
PostPosted: Mon Jan 31, 2011 12:36 pm 

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Doug Debs 2472 wrote:
Wow! This makes the $250k boiler overhaul on 4-6-2 S.P. 2472 look like a small job - and it sure wasn't that way to us! (We installed new lower firebox side sheets, new superheater flues, and new tubes, and did the complete 49CFR230 inspection ["Form 4"] and certification).

Query - was B&M 3713 boiler built with one of the boiler-grade alloy steels popular in the 1930s (stronger - saved weight) that often - but not always, it depended on water quality, boiler pressure (250+psi much worse than 200psi), and other factors - proved more prone to cracking than plain carbon steel boiler-grade plate?

- Doug Debs

Doug:
I don't think high strength steel was employed but I may be wrong. That's not to say there weren't issues with cracking. The main cracking problems are near the check valve for the feedwater heater, which the B&M previously tried to repair unsuccessfully, and another crack in the dome liner. The reason the roof sheet needed to be renewed was because of decreased sheet efficiency; the B&M changed the type of flexible stay bolt sleeves that were used, without ever running the numbers to see what it did to the factor of safety.
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TMH


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