two essential ingredients to make a steam engine work are fire
and water. The fire is created in the firebox using coal, this
in turn produces heat which transfers to the water to produce
The firebox is surrounded by a water jacket. Inside the boiler
there are smoke tubes which heat the water and convey the hot
exhaust to the smoke box where the gases are drawn out through
the chimney. Picture right is of a locomotive boiler, the smoke
box has been removed and you can see where the smoke tubes are
positioned. The two large tubes at the top of the boiler are the
main steam pipes which collect steam from the dome and transfer
it to the steam chest and cylinders.
left, is a view of a locomotive boiler the firebox end,
showing the fire door hole where the fireman would shovel
in the coal. The metal discs are the water space stays
which are metal or copper rods that add strength to the
space the water occupies between the boiler and the firebox.
Without them the compartment would buckle and bend with
the stresses from the heat of the fire.
When the boiler pressure is sufficient the driver gives
a blast on the whistle, in this case locomotive 80002's,
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