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Old 06-27-2018, 07:43:56 AM
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Saw this at a small museum recently in North Queensland Australia.
Sorry, no details were available, but must have gone off with quite a bang!
Don't know much about steam, but thought you might be interested.-Cheers -Neil.
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Old 06-27-2018, 08:04:32 AM
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First guess on what happened to it would be low water- the crown sheet blew out.

Usually that turns the boiler into a rocket, tumbling end over until it runs out of steam. Even some of the world's largest locomotives had that happen to them.
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Old 06-27-2018, 08:15:32 AM
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Boiler ... May Need some work... Possibly needs some tubes replaced. Was running great just before the picture was taken.
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The volume of water that those big engines consume, it don't take long to get into trouble if anything happens to the feed water delivery.
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I have a book on railroad accidents, and one whole chapter is on boiler explosions. Most are fault of the crew, for letting the water get to low. A few are material failure - excess pressure against a weak point. The power of steam released in a boiler failure is tremendous. It can blow a 96000 pound loco clean off the tracks, often many feet into the air and hundreds of feet away. Others completely destroy the loco and anything around it. There was such a blast in Texas - I believe in 1912, that blew a 1600 pound chunk over a 1/4 mile from the engine. The engine had been just repaired, and the crew was setting the blow off valve when the engine blew. The work house was destroyed along with many other engines, and it killed 22 people. A 900 pound chunk of the boiler went about 1/2 a mile, and destroyed a farm house.
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I have the same book, it seems commonly that the crew either dosed off or sometimes were into the spirits which was common back in that day, then when't passed a water stop and tried to make the next one. Some times the disaster occured while in front of that second water tower. Long hours on a locomotive can cause drousyness same as driving a road vehicle.
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Thats the one at herberton.
I'll try to dig up the history, but i think it was a locomotive.
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Boiler ... May Need some work... Possibly needs some tubes replaced. Was running great just before the picture was taken.
I don't remember off the top of my head what sort of problem it is that causes the superheater tubes to be ejected like that. But I do know that's what happened in pictures like this, something happened inside the locomotive that caused the superheater tubes to be spat out. Most of the flues are still in the boiler, ruptured or not, and that tangle of piping is superheater tubes and accessories.

Google says that engine is C&O class T-1 #3020, May 12th 1948. When I have more time I'll see if I can find a description of what happened.
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Saw this at a small museum recently in North Queensland Australia.
Sorry, no details were available, but must have gone off with quite a bang!
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Here is a link to the 1912 Texas explosion.

http://colfa.utsa.edu/users/jreynolds/Tucker/exp1.html
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