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Date: 07/09/19 06:05
Sierra Railway 28 takes some sun
Author: Pullman

Saturday, July 6th was a fine day at the Railtown 1897 complex in Jamestown, CA.

Sierra Railway steam locomotive 28 was doing the duty for steam train operation. Seen here at rest catching some sun before coupling up to her train for the noon departure.

Current schedule has steam on Saturdays, diesel on Sundays and Wednesdays.




Date: 07/10/19 15:56
Re: Sierra Railway 28 takes some sun
Author: sixbit

Interesting that they are running her with no spark arrestor. That used to be standard equipment for the 28 during fire season.

John Mills



Date: 07/10/19 17:28
Re: Sierra Railway 28 takes some sun
Author: HotWater

sixbit Wrote:
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> Interesting that they are running her with no
> spark arrestor. That used to be standard equipment
> for the 28 during fire season.
>
> John Mills

Being an oil burner, using modern day oil fuel, what sparks could possibly be emitted?



Date: 07/10/19 18:43
Re: Sierra Railway 28 takes some sun
Author: sixbit

Perhaps the modern oil fuel is better than the old fuel, becuase the Sierra's oil burning locos, even their geared shays, used spark arrestors during fire season in the 1920's and right up through the 1907's on excursions. There are photos of a number of Sierra Ry. and Sierra Railroad locos sporting spark arrestors. However, I don't recall seeing a photo of the #38 with one. The #36 in a delivery photo was sporting a bizarre "diamond stack" sort of arrangment and had the same device on her in Hetch Hetchy service in the 1930's.

John Mills



Date: 07/13/19 12:04
Re: Sierra Railway 28 takes some sun
Author: Check_A1E_Perf

The YV, located not far from the Sierra, also used spark arrestors in the summer/fall months despite being oil fired. Even the little park locomotive in Scottsdale AZ shoots up a spark now and then when they're running at night. (Yes, I'm sure the spaeks are there during the day too, but I just can't see them).



Date: 07/14/19 15:02
Re: Sierra Railway 28 takes some sun
Author: agentatascadero

All this talk of sparks reminds me of one of my iconic memories from the steam era.  When my best friend moved from Atascadero to San Francisco after the 6th grade, I made my first of many solo trips to the City, I was 11 at the time.

The usual routine was to board SP 95, the Starlight, at Paso Robles somwhere around 0200.  Being a railroad brat, I would deadhead on these trips.  I wasn't aware at the time, but the crews always "had my back".   I was seated in the first coach where deadheads typically were placed.  What followed the stop at Paso was a furious run up to track speed.  Before falling asleep, I'd get a great light show of sparks trailing back from the GS up front.  Never, to my knowledge, was a fire started from this practice.

So yes, oil burners do release sparks, and they can be plentiful, as I have seen back in the day when REAL locomotives pulled trains.

AA

Stanford White
Carmel Valley, CA



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 07/14/19 15:15 by agentatascadero.



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