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From: Original Wally
Location: La Crosse, WI
Remote Name: 18.104.22.168
Time: 03:40:56 PM
I used to fire and engineer #1630 loco at Illinois Railway Museum. First you install a temporary stack fan and shake the grates (these 2 things are a great hangover killer). With clean grates (and assuming you have water in the boiler reduced to 1/3 glass), you place a thin layer of coal covering the grates evenly then put in a mix of wood and newspaper in layers over the coal with a little splash of fuel oil. I put some fuel oil on coal in a shovel before throwing it in on top of the wood and paper. I then make newspaper soaked in fuel oil fireballs that I pitch all around the firebox to light off. Let it heat slowly for about 3 hours to get up steam until safety valve goes off - cool off by adding water to proper level. Grease and oil engine during building of steam. Some greasing requires air which requires the steam to be up.
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