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    Conveyance of Rubbish

    Back in the days of steam, how was rubbish conveyed? For example, were the bags loaded into open wagons, and then covered with tarpaulins to ensure the bags didn't fly out?
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    Andre Chapelon's Innovations

    I've been doing some reading on modern steam, and have come across Andre Chapelon. His work sounds incredible! However, I do question if any of his innovations would work for a tank engine. Here's a link to a white paper from the Coalition of Sustainable Rail, where it seems to only address...
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    Porta Water Treatment

    Hello there, I was wondering how the Porta Water Treatment system works. I've been looking all over the Internet, but haven't found much information explaining how it works. Any information about how the Porta Water Treatment system works would be appreciated.
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    Solar Power

    How do heritage railways use solar power to preheat the water for the steam locomotives? Also, are there other ways heritage railways have used or have tried using solar power in regard to steam locomotives?
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    Firefighting Equipment on LBSCR D1s

    I've recently learned about the LBSCR D1s, and was amazed to hear that a couple of these engines were equipped with water pumps and firefighting equipment. But I'm curious to know: where were the water pumps located on the locomotive? Where was the firefighting equipment located on the...
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    Midland Railway - Butterley: D2138 Engine Appeal

    Hello everyone! The Midland Railway - Butterley needs help in raising funds in order to buy a replacement engine for D2138. Link to donate on FB is available below. Facebook
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    Accidents on the Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway

    Does anyone know of any accidents, both major and minor, that happened on the Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway?
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    How Would the J70 Class Steam Tram Function

    Hello, I have several questions regarding how the J70 class steam tram would function. As you'll see, I have little to no knowledge on steam trams. 1. Where would the firebox be located? Is it located in the cab closest to the chimney, or in the cab that'd be at the rear of the locomotive? 2...
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    Other Goods Traffic on the Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway

    While I understand that the R&ER had ballast traffic, what other goods did the railway deal with?
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    Other Goods Traffic On the Talyllyn Railway

    I understand upon reading their history section on their website that the Talyllyn Railway dealt with slate. I was wondering if they handled any other goods traffic, either as they were still a railway company or amongst the years they have been a heritage railway.
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    Railway Management

    I am absolutely confused about how railway management used to be done during the age of steam. For example, what exactly are the Board of Director's duties? What does the General Manager do? How are trains scheduled in order to avoid delays? What is a Control Office, and what are the duties of...
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    Successful Running of BR Class 17 D8568

    I was reading about the BR Class 17, and how only D8568 is preserved by the Diesel Traction Group. But I'm struggling to learn what they did to make D8568 work successfully after many years of problems.
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    Stephenson's Rocket Working Life

    I'm curious to know what duties Stephenson's Rocket did during its working life. Did the locomotive pull passengers/goods trains? Did the locomotive work at a mine or harbor?
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    How Was the Wisbech and Upwell Tramway Operated?

    I've been looking into the Wisbech and Upwell Tramway history, and I'm having trouble in learning about how it was operated. A big question on my mind is what signaling arrangements did the railway use. Plus, where the depots along the line used strictly for goods, or was it also used as a...
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    Automatic Locomotive Washdowns

    Hello there, I've recently learned about carriage washdowns used when labor wasn't available to do it by hand. And also that the Q1 0-6-0s could go through these. Which has led to my curiosity; where there any automatic locomotive washdowns used when labor wasn't available to do this by hand?
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    Green Dragon Burns wood briquettes?

    Last night, I found out about the South Tynedale Railway's locomotive "Green Dragon" burning wood briquettes. I'm curious to know; would the wood briquettes burn just like coal? What I mean by that is, were there any changes to the firebox. And, in your opinion, do you think using wood...
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    Understanding Loading Gauge

    Hello, I'm having trouble understanding what loading gauge means and how it works. I've read a couple of websites on it and looked at a railway book of mine that discusses it as clearances, and it's clear to me that I need it sadly dumbed down to the simplest explanation.
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    Foreign Locomotives In Britain

    I was curious to know if a locomotive from another European country could work in Britain, such as on a heritage railway for example, without any conversions needing to be done.
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    Whistle shields on GWR steam locomotives

    Hello there. I have a question about whistles. I was looking at the GWR 5700s page on Wikipedia (the worst source ever for anything. Only good to look at external links provided). Anyways, it stated that one of the developments was the addition of a whistle to deflect the smoke from the whistle...