2017-09-13 14:37:02

A Passion For Steam: Small Scale Steam Locomotives And How They Work by Marc Horovitz

A Passion For Steam: Small Scale Steam Locomotives And How They Work by Marc Horovitz

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Chapter synopses Chapter 1 -- A passion for railroads The book opens with the author's personal story with railways. It chronicles his journey in the model-train hobby, his interest in garden railways, and his history with small-scale-live-steam locomotives. It covers the founding of Sidestreet Bannerworks Light Railway Division and GARDEN RAILWAYS magazine, and finishes up with a brief account of his own garden railways. Chapter 2 -- Basics In this brief chapter, the basics of how a steam engine works is discussed. Included is the relationship of the fire, the boiler, the piston, the valve, and more. Chapter 3 -- Cylinders Different kinds of cylinders are used in small live-steam locomotives. This chapter covers them, from oscillators to D-valve cylinders. You'll learn how they can be placed on a locomotive and why engines can have anywhere from one to four cylinders. Also covered is the steam cycle in each of the different types. Chapter 4 -- Pistons and lubricators As the title suggests, this chapter covers the different variations in pistons, piston rings, and the mechanisms employed to keep them working smoothly. Chapter 5 -- Reversing mechanisms and valve gears There are many ways of reversing a steam locomotive. This chapter explains them -- everything from rotary reversing valves to Walschaerts valve gear, and everything in between. Slip eccentrics, slip return cranks, piston-valve reversers, and gear reversing are all covered. Chapter 6 -- Mechanisms other than traditional There are lots of ways to get motion out of steam. This chapter talks about all sorts of gear-driven engines, belt-driven engines, over types, and more. Chapter 7 -- Boilers Chapter 8 -- Fuels and burners Chapter 9 -- Boiler fittings Chapter 10 -- Feedwater systems Chapter 11 -- Sundries Chapter 12 -- A sampling of steamers

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