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Identifier: locomotiveengine14hill
Title: The locomotive engineer
Year: 1888 (1880s)
Authors: Hill, John A. (John Alexander), 1858-1916 Sinclair, Angus, 1841-1919
Subjects: Railroads Locomotives
Publisher: New York : American Machinist Pub. Co
Contributing Library: Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh
Digitizing Sponsor: Lyrasis Members and Sloan Foundation

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o valuable to be thrown away. Take a freight train of 20 to 40 freightcars, with link and pin couplers, variously Rigid Boiler Inspection. At the Renovo shops of the P. & E.{now Penna.) they have a very safe sys-tem of boiler inspection. Once in six months the boilers are test-ed by hydrostatic pressure to 25 poundsabove their working pressure, and duringsuch test a man is placed inside the fire-box and one outside, to listen for frac-tures. Safety valves and steam gaugesare tested every month. Every week an inspector makes a ham-mer test of all slay bolts, and he is fur-nished with a blue print card, showinglocation of every stay bolt in the fire-box ;if he finds one broken he crosses orchecks it on the card, and the engine doesnot go out tilt it is repaired. The cut shows card for a consolidation,and is half size. Duplicates of thesecards are filed in the office, and any num-ber of years afterward the record of in-spection and work on each boiler in theservice can be determined.

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equipped with old style and quick-actmgbrakes, with all brakes only in averagecondition, and it makes a combination onwhich the average engineer looks withdread. The engineer who handles thisfruit of genius made up into an air braketrain, without unusual slack, before havingconsiderable experience, must be ac-knowledged a dandy, and a good stu-dent in thought and action. But trainscan fc handled fairly under such circum-stances. Automatic air brake practice now beingcomparatively in its early stages in manysections of the country for freight service,the object should be to throw out prac-tical suggestions to prompt thought andstudy, that will in the end produce goodresults. The skillful engineer must often makeup for, and overcome by his good practice,defects in machinery and appliances.While an engineer may not be open tocensure for doing poor work with indiffer-ent appliances, it must stand out as greatlyto his credit in doing good work underunfavorable conditions, while it must sho

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