Locomotive question

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Locomotive question

Unread postby hoborich » Sat Feb 17, 2018 12:03 am

I just saw an NS Eastbound on the Chesterton Railcam with three units. The third unit was blowing large flames and sparks out the top of the engine, probably the exhaust stack. Putting on quite a show. What causes this and is it anything serious? The train was moving quite fast, so it wasn't slowing the train down. Would the engineer be aware of a problem in the third unit?
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Re: Locomotive question

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Re: Locomotive question

Unread postby hoborich » Sat Feb 17, 2018 10:59 pm

Uuuum yeah. Like that. Would the engineer even be aware of that in the third unit. Does his screen show all units, or just the lead unit?
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Re: Locomotive question

Unread postby SD80MAC » Sun Feb 18, 2018 3:15 pm

He won’t know unless he sees the flames in his mirror or something on the offending unit triggers the alarm bell. 90% of the time, flames shooting out of the stack is just excess carbon burning off. Sometimes it can be a precursor to a turbo failure.
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Re: Locomotive question

Unread postby hoborich » Sun Feb 18, 2018 8:56 pm

Thanks.
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Re: Locomotive question

Unread postby SousaKerry » Tue Feb 20, 2018 4:17 pm

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Re: Locomotive question

Unread postby A No.1 » Thu Mar 29, 2018 5:55 pm

I blew up a turbo coming out of Battle Creek one day. It was the lead unit. Sounded like bolts in a blender. My conductor told me I was on fire. Had to get a new leader.
That being said probably wouldn't know on a trailing unit till the alarms go off.
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