Friday, December 6, 2019

Friday Night Steam

Snow, steam, bells and whistles!!

All aboard for a wonderful ride!

Pere Marquette 1225
Pere Marquette 1225 in 2008

Type and origin
Power typeSteam
BuilderLima Locomotive Works
Serial number7839
Build dateOctober 1941

 • Whyte2-8-4
 • UIC1′D2′ h2
Gauge4 ft 8 12 in (1,435 mm) standard gauge
Driver dia.69 in (1,753 mm)
Length101 ft 8 in (30.99 m)
Adhesive weight277,600 lb (125,900 kg)
Loco weight442,500 lb (200,700 kg)
Total weight805,900 lb (365,600 kg)
Fuel typeCoal
Fuel capacity44,000 lb (20,000 kg)
Water cap22,000 US gal (83,000 l; 18,000 imp gal)
Fuel consumption1 short ton (0.89 long tons) of coal per 12 miles traveled (1 metric ton per 21 km)
 • Firegrate area
90.3 sq ft (8.4 m2)
Boiler pressure245 psi (1.69 MPa)
Cylinder size26 in × 34 in (660 mm × 864 mm)
Valve gearBaker

Performance figures
Power outputAt cylinders: 2,979 hp (2.22 MW)
Tractive effort69,368 lbf (308.6 kN)
Factor of adh.4.00

  • PM: N-1
  • C&O: N-1
Number in class10 of 12
  • PM 1225
  • C&O 2659 (Never renumbered)
  • C&O 1225
Nicknames"The Real Polar Express"
Current owner
DispositionOperational, based on Owosso, Michigan, Steam Railroading Institute

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Today's funny :o)


Let's go for a ride!

Just in case you didn't get any snow:

Heading into Newton:

Lots and lots of power companies came to help out:

A BIG transformer:

Another Christmas tree farm:

Geese on a pond:

 For B.W. :

Thanks for coming along with us!


Wednesday, December 4, 2019

More stuff you never thing about

The electric iron was invented in 1882 by Henry W. Seeley, a New York inventor Seeley patented his "electric flatiron" on June 6, 1882 (patent no. 259,054). His iron weighed almost 15 pounds and took a long time to warm up.

Other electric irons had also been invented, including one from France (1882), but it used a carbon arc to heat the iron, a method which was dangerous.

Metal pans filled with hot coals were used for smoothing fabrics in China in the 1st century BC.[2] From the 17th century, sadirons or sad irons (from an old word meaning solid[vague]) began to be used. They were thick slabs of cast iron, delta-shaped and with a handle, heated in a fire. These were also called flat irons. A later design consisted of an iron box which could be filled with hot coals, which had to be periodically aerated by attaching a bellows. In Kerala in India, burning coconut shells were used instead of charcoal, as they have a similar heating capacity. This method is still in use as a backup device, since power outages are frequent. Other box irons had heated metal inserts instead of hot coals.

Another solution was to employ a cluster of solid irons that were heated from a single source: As the iron currently in use cooled down, it could be quickly replaced by a hot one. In the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, there were many irons in use that were heated by fuels such as kerosene, ethanol, whale oil, natural gas, carbide gas (acetylene, as with carbide lamps), or even gasoline. Some houses were equipped with a system of pipes for distributing natural gas or carbide gas to different rooms in order to operate appliances such as irons, in addition to lights. Despite the risk of fire, liquid-fuel irons were sold in U.S. rural areas up through World War II.

In the industrialized world, these designs have been superseded by the electric iron, which uses resistive heating from an electric current. The hot plate, called the sole plate, is made of aluminium or stainless steel. The heating element is controlled by a thermostat that switches the current on and off to maintain the selected temperature.

 The invention of the resistively heated electric iron is credited to Henry W. Seeley of New York in 1882.

 In the same year an iron heated by a carbon arc was introduced in France, but was too dangerous to be successful. The early electric irons had no easy way to control their temperature, and the first thermostatically controlled electric iron appeared in the 1920s. Later, steam was used to iron clothing. Credit for the invention of the steam iron goes to Thomas Sears. The first commercially available electric steam iron was introduced in 1926 by a New York drying and cleaning company, Eldec, but was not a commercial success. The $10 Steam-O-Matic of 1938 was the first steam iron to achieve any degree of popularity, and led the way to more widespread use of the electric steam iron during the 1940s and 1950s.


Today's funny :o)


Ice and snow storm!

The power grid here was down for two days! Luckily we have a generator:

Many of our neighbors were not prepared for an outage, though.  Their wells and sump pumps did not work. Neither did their oil burners. And it was really, really cold out.

But it WAS beautiful:

More on ice the trees:

The covering on the run collapsed from all the ice and snow. Although the pen stayed
dry, the gang only wanted
 to come out and eat and then spent the most of two days hiding in the coop!