This is our wagon on Christmas Day 2002, after we had returned
from our annual Christmas card delivery. Why not join me on a
tour around the vehicle?
|We commence the tour
at the front offside of the wagon. Here you can see the large
steering box, the ashpan and the lower part of the boiler. The
bronze fitting is a blowdown valve (used to drain out water
containing sediment between washout days) and the door is for
cleaning out the fire. To the right of the blowdown valve is a
mudhole, which is used when washing out the boiler.
|Moving along the
offside we come to the engine and gearbox. There are two gears inside the casing behind the chain sprocket, which give high and low speeds.
The differential is housed in the same casing and drive to the rear wheels is by chain from a sprocket at each side of the engine.
The small gear wheel on the chain sprocket is a speedometer drive.
|Crawling under the
wagon we arrive at the front of the engine where we can see the
cylinder end and piston valve covers. The copious amounts of oil
are due to a leak in the flexible exhaust pipe.
|We are now at the
nearside and can see the water pump which is driven by a gear on
the end of the crankshaft. The small lever and rod above the pump
gear casing drive the cylinder lubricator.
|This picture shows
the 2" pitch chain drive from the countershaft to the rear axle.
The differential is mounted in the countershaft case and there is
a chain to each rear wheel. The axle is held the correct distance
from the engine by the radius rods which are attached immediately
to the rear of the chain sprocket.
|Here is the 180
gallon water tank. The armoured hose is for picking up water from
roadside streams and ponds but it is essential that the water is
clean. The water is sucked into the tank by a steam operated
|A view of the rear
end of the wagon.
|Now we have climbed
into the cab and are looking at the equipment on the fireman's
side. The large black vertical cylindrical object with the bent
pipe leading to the chimney is the feedwater heater. You can also
see the pressure gauge, the manzel lubricator and the water gauge
|On the driver's side
there is the steering wheel to the left is the stop valve lever.
To the right are the handbrake and reversing levers. The small
pedal on the extreme right is the accelerator and the larger
pedal to the left is the brake. The small lever on the steering
column is to control the boiler feed pump.
|This view shows the
luxurious driving seat. To the left of the driver is the coal
bunker, which is empty in this view. The levers between the
bunker and driver's seat are the gear lever and the cylinder
drain lever. The valve on the boiler is steam for the
|Finally we see the
crew enjoying their day out.