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John Billard 114/04/2019 22:40:29
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I am in possession of a Western Steam boiler kit for my 5 inch Claud to be built with a round top boiler.

It is a long time since I made my Rob Roy boiler and I am seeking advice on the latest thinking on the sequence of construction. A current book recommendation would also be welcome.

Any advice would be appreciated.

John B

3404615/04/2019 08:21:01
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The advice I was given when I asked was buy Model Locomotive Boilermaking by Alec Farmer and also join a local club and be advised by the club boiler inspector.

Bill

David Wasson15/04/2019 10:23:30
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Hi John,

Yes, as others have mentioned, you will need to be in contact with the person that will inspect your boiler if you plan to run at a club track. The boiler inspector should be able to help you out with the sequence of construction. One tip is to not solder both ends of the fire tubes too early. This will cause great stress on the boiler if both ends are fixed before the majority of the construction is done.

In general, the construction is done from the center of the boiler towards the outside. Starting with the throat plate to the outer wrapper and boiler barrel.

Here's a link to my 5" gauge boiler build, it is on several pages, so, you will have to search a little to get the entire build. Here's the first page: **LINK**

David

3404615/04/2019 10:39:28
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The link posted by David is definitely well worth reading - very informative.

bill

John Billard 115/04/2019 11:46:10
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Many thanks for all your responses so far. That looks very useful particularly from David.

I am indeed a club member and I am in regular contact with our boiler inspectors.

With kind regards

John B.

3404615/04/2019 12:06:13
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Posted by John Billard 1 on 15/04/2019 11:46:10:

Many thanks for all your responses so far. That looks very useful particularly from David.

I am indeed a club member and I am in regular contact with our boiler inspectors.

With kind regards

John B.

I have to admit to being somewhat puzzled as to why you ask for advice from forum members if you are in regular contact with your boiler inspectors as you say.

Bill

John Billard 115/04/2019 12:23:24
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Thank you for asking, Bill. This is a big job for me and I think it is a good idea to gather as much information in advance particularly as mistakes can be costly. One can never stop learning. And others on the forum might find it useful. I will continue to consult with our inspectors.

Kind regards

John B

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