KSW Roots Steam Safety Class (10-11 April 2010)

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The following pictures were taken in Willitts CA at the Roots of Motive Power facility during the 2010 steam safety class.

I have started using a new camera (Canon 5D Mark2) which is 21 megapixels and Photoshop CS 4 to process them (I was using a 1D Mark2 and Photoshop CS2 before)

CS4 gives an incredible amount of control when processing RAW files. I often opted to use the fill light feature to make things more visible, at the expense of making them less dramatic.

Above- Chris Baldo mans the controls of the Ohio steam crane

Above, the firebox in the boiler of the Ohio. Liquid fuel is vaporized, ignited, and shot through the tubes. This is looking through the firebox inspection door

Above, Laurel is in deep concentration trying to remember which lever to pull

Above, Laurel is glad she pulled the right one and not the history eraser lever...

Above, various levers activate the winches, rotate the cab around and drive the whole thing down the rails

Above, a student inspects the fire in the firebox to see if the controls need more fuel or steam (used for fuel injection)

Above, Zack blows the whistle on the Buffalo Springfield steam powered steam roller

Above, Zack needs a backup beeper as he backs up the Buffalo Springfield.

Above, Zack looks *almost* period-accurate (just needs to lose the sweater)(in his defense, it was a COLD weekend!)

Above, A shot of the number 7 locomotive

Above, yours truly at the controls of the Ohio

Above, yours truly again. I like pics of me that are blurry!

Above, me trying to move the lever. Some of these were tougher to move and needed some ooomph!

Above, really cool downward shot on the deck of the Ohio. It had two steam engines, one on either side, which powered most everything.

Above, here's a side look at the spur gears and clutch mechanism that raised and lowered the boom. They clank in operation just like you'd imagine.

Above, a shot of the yard showing a bunch of steam donkeys

Above, some instruction on the Williamette

Really cool continuously variable transmission drive. The belt is slid back and forth to change the gear ratio. Here it is used as part of the governor!

Above, Dan on the Buffalo Springfield. He looked like Mickey Mouse with the ear protectors on

Above, Flyball governor on the Buffalo Springfield

Above, another shot of the governor. It looks like it has "Shaft Revolutions 475" stamped on it

Above, this shows it was a pickering governor. Looks like it has a sawyer's lever on it, but it isn't hooked up to anything.

Above, you can see the two cylinder arrangement that makes this rig self-starting and the stephenson-type valve gear which makes it reversible

Above, Dan is checking on something before he gets ready to drive some more

Above, a close up of the plate

Above, showing the nice filigree work and the paint job

Above, another picture of the paint job

Above, Dan seems very happy to be driving this. You can see the chain-driven power steering setup here.

Above, a closeup of the power steering arrangement

Above, looking into the firebox of the Buffalo Springfield. It is a solid-fuel boiler

Above, another shot showing the bin loaded up with fuel

Above, a view from the front

Above, a view from the side

Above, more of a big-picture view of all the gear

Above, another shot of the 7

Above, a shot of the small steam turbine which supplies a small amount of electrical power (24VDC?) to the auxilliary loads such as the from headlight. It has a high-pitched whine in operation, just like you'd expect

Above, I always thought these cars were cool ever since I saw them on looney tunes (Roadrunner and Wild E Coyote) when I was a kid.

Above, this looks like some soft of locomobile engine, or something for mobile work. It looks like it is compound with a smaller high pressure cylinder on the left and has a spool-type valve.

Above, as Laurel climbs out of the firebox...

Above, Kathy climbs in.

Above, Kathy in the firebox doing heating surface area calculations.

Above is the small Corliss engine. I have video of this running and it's pretty cool.

Above, the rod was moving when I took this so it's a bit blurry

Above, looking into the cab of the #7

Above, looking down at the couplers between the engine and the next car.

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