HOW TO STEAM CLEAN AN ENGINE : CLEAN AN ENGINE

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How To Steam Clean An Engine


how to steam clean an engine
    steam clean
  • steam: clean by means of steaming; "steam-clean the upholstered sofa"
  • To clean the engine with a high-pressure jet of steam
    how to
  • Providing detailed and practical advice
  • Practical advice on a particular subject; that gives advice or instruction on a particular topic
  • A how-to or a how to is an informal, often short, description of how to accomplish some specific task. A how-to is usually meant to help non-experts, may leave out details that are only important to experts, and may also be greatly simplified from an overall discussion of the topic.
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    engine
  • A railroad locomotive
  • something used to achieve a purpose; "an engine of change"
  • A thing that is the agent or instrument of a particular process
  • motor that converts thermal energy to mechanical work
  • locomotive: a wheeled vehicle consisting of a self-propelled engine that is used to draw trains along railway tracks
  • A machine with moving parts that converts power into motion

Engine 639
Engine 639
Bloomington/Normal has a long history of railroading. Locomotives were manufactured in this town for many years, and to celebrate that, Engine 639 of the Nickel Plate Road is on permanent display in Miller Park. I can remember looking at it as a kid. It was marvelous to me, wonderful, a magical machine that I couldn't imagine actually moving under its own power. Now I know how these things work, and I'm still amazed by the magnitude and complexity of these things. My father used to tell me stories about how he'd go down to the trestle near his house and wait for the trains to go over. The sensory experience of being that close to a steam engine under full power was something he always spoke of with awe and joy, gleeful and gloating at the same time, that he'd actually seen things like this in action. He'd heard them. He'd felt them. He'd known them. I was jealous. I still am. Of course, they were an environmental disaster. Belching soot from burning coal, they required vast resources to keep going. Their energy efficiency was abysmally low. Diesel/electric engines make FAR better use of our natural resources. They burn cleaner, use energy much more efficiently, and don't wear out nearly as often as steam engines did. But there's something sexy about a steam engine. All those moving parts, all working in synchrony... it's a dance that the engine does with itself. Chugging and puffing steam with every piston stroke, the driver arms pushing and pulling the great wheels around, balanced as they are to a precision that we would have a hard time achieving in this day and age. It's sobering to think that it's possible that we could not build one of these now, even if we wanted to. The techniques are documented, but the experience is gone. Only relics remain, reminders that at one time, these machines ruled the rails.
Stanley Steam engine
Stanley Steam engine
A Stanley engine I just got. After removing the light rust on the cross heads and oiling the hell out of everything I hooked it up to air see how functional it was. It's in good shape for its 90+ years and does not really need much other than a cleaning. air pressure was about 100 but I was throttling it with a ball valve so I could keep it on the table. With a little luck I should have this installed in the Neverwas Haul and operational by summer. After a little research It would appear it was a early engine made for Stanley by the Mason Co. Almost the entire frame of the engine is brass or bronze.

how to steam clean an engine
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