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Fairlie Locomotives

Discussion in 'Locomotive M.I.C.' started by andrewtoplis, Feb 8, 2008.

  1. andrewtoplis

    andrewtoplis Member

    Mar 28, 2006
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    Could someone explain how the flexible steam coupling works on a Fairlie locomotive? As they have a power bogie that moves independantly of the main frame, how does the steam passage connect? Is it a hose between bogie and boiler, or some sort of pipe?

    It sounds a silly question, but one that I dont know the answer to.

    Thanks in advance,
  2. from what i have seen its a ball joint and sortof a flexible coupling
  3. odc

    odc New Member

    Apr 11, 2006
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    Network Technician at St Albans School
    Hemel Hempstead
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    As above there is a Ball joint and hose arringment in a ] shape on the live side and a ball joint and telescopic sleave on the exhaulst side which forms into the blast nozel, often refered to as an Incca Temple due the shape it appears through the smokebox door. I have some pictures of the bogies somewhere, I will look them out in a while

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