View single post by Salada
 Posted: Mon Apr 13th, 2015 09:19 pm
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Hello Si,

Best leave the Google "topless" research to me; your business is bricklaying at the MM locoshed.

OK. The photo above is not an oiler, she's burning the proper stuff - fairly hard coal by the looks of the stack, rather than bituminous.

Mainly 4 possibilities for firing :

1) As Ken suggested, on short runs she will fired from a trackside dump at either/both ends of the run. I don't know her grate size but you'll get at least 20-30 minutes steaming from a good small fire. There used to be a small, raised trackside coaling timber platform on the Manchester Ship Canal/Trafford Park rail system ....... I've got a photo of it ...... somewhere !.

2) A small amount of coal is stacked on the footplate, either side of the firehole door. Eneough for 1 or 2 short trips. On the photo above, just inboard of the timber planking "sidesheets" & forward towards the boiler backhead.

3) On sidetanks, rather than saddletanks, there was often a small, shallow 'coal-box' where the firebox/boiler sheets joined the side tanks.

4) For longer runs an old, small capacity coal wagon would be attached immediately behind the loco. The front planking of the wagon would be removed, effectively turning an otherwise condemned wagon into a makeshift tender (particularly common in Scotland) (Did I say 'penny-pinching Scots ?).

Photo below might give you some ideas (it has also been in an accident !!) :

-- look at the cab rear 1/2 sheet !!

On the above loco, although it is a saddle tank, the tank is shorter than the boiler/firebox. There may be a small coal 'box' extending from just ahead of the Number 5 to the tip of the shunting hook held by the chap in the middle (immediately below & both sides of the steam dome).

Of no use to you at the moment but about a year ago I saw a photo of a cabless Shay or Climax but can I remember where I saw it ? .... can I ---- !.

Photo Copyright N/K, found on Shildon website (public domain).

Cheers,                       Michael

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