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How Steam Locomotives work - Creating Motion




Locomotive steam cylinderOnce there is enough pressure (see page about how steam is created here...) the steam passes from the Main steam pipe to the cylinders. Picture right is of the cylinder unit, on the lower cylinder where the piston is housed you can see where the steam enters at the top. The steam forces the piston to move which in turn moves the wheel, at the end of the stroke steam enters the opposite end and the piston moves the other way, expelling the exhaust.

This reciprocating movement is what makes the well known steam train sound of "chuff" "chuff".


Steam trainOnce the steam locomotive has enough pressure the driver can start to move off. If the locomotive has been standing for some time water will have condensed in the cylinders. The driver opens the "cocks" and dispels the water. This makes for much noise and steam, you can see in this short video clip here... If the driver failed to clear the cylinders then the piston and cylinder would be severely damaged.

Once underway the driver closes off the "cocks" and can safely increase speed. If you want to know what its like inside the cab, you can take a 360 degree tour on the footplate of locomotive 41241 here...

 



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