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USATC S160

Discussion in 'Steam Traction' started by johnofwessex, Mar 18, 2018.

  1. Midlandsouthern

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    Im quite an admirer of the s160s to be honest. Think the are ugly yet beautiful machines compared to a sleak 9f. In minehead atm and saw 6046 on wsr services today. Never seen one in the flesh so to speak until now. Look like very simple locos on work with, not much to them. What they like to fire and drive? Are they economical locos on coal and water
     
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    For reasons best known to the designers these locomotives had the valve gear laid out on the same lines as the Southern Rly 2-6-0s and 2-6-4 tank locos. That is, for going in a forward direction the return crank leads the crankpin, and the radius rod is in the upper half of the expansion link. However, the final batch built by Lima Locomotive Works had the valve gear re-arranged to the more orthodox layout with the return crank trailing the crankpin, and the radius rod in the lower half of the expansion link. These also had a screw reverser and the rear section of the running board raised a bit higher.
     
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    Mods, time for a thread spring clean I think - I came looking for news of the USACT S160's?
     
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    One at Howarth living up to expectations ?
     
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    Howarth, tha's from Bingley ! ;) Yes, performance has been very good, though we've not had the opportunity to instrument her as yet to quantify.
     
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    Sorry must have slipped inter foahneh'tic spellin. Happens after speaking to Geordies.
     
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    My first footplate ride on a steam loco was on an S160 and I almost got thrown off it it was that rough, how they got any coal through the door was beyond me! Not knowing anything different, I went away with the impression that all steam powered machines were the same...and it was only several years later after a much smoother ride on an 8F that I realised that there might be a bit of variation between types!
     
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