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Development of Modern Steam 2: Argentina - Porta's First Locomotive
At age 25, Porta was able to convince financiers to back the concept of modifying an antiquated 4-6-2 into a modern 4-8-0. Over the next three years (from 1947-1950), Porta completely rebuilt and modernized the locomotive, the results of which laid the foundation for developments he championed in the half-century to follow. The story of Argentina shows the incredible drive of a young, very industrious engineer in successfully conceiving, coordinating, financing, designing, building and tes...
Development of Modern Steam 3: the Rio Turbio Railway and GPCS
This White Paper, which covers the history of the Rio Turbio Railway and the Gas Producer Combustion System, provides an in-depth look into one of the most unique railroad operations of the Twentieth Century. With a track gauge of only 750 mm (2'-5.5"), the Rio Turbio Railway, or " Ramal Ferro Industrial de Rio Turbio" (RFIRT), operated with a fleet of 20, 2-10-2 type steam locomotives of advanced design. Arriving on the property in the late 1950's to address a series of mechanical issues ...
Development of Modern Steam 4: Advanced Internal Boiler Water Treatment
A continual problem since the development of the first steam locomotive has been treatment of the boiler water. Water contains impurities (minerals, metals, etc.) which can lead to problems in boilers. This paper is aimed at providing a background on the technology and an exemplary test case of the application of an advanced boiler water treatment to the steam locomotive. The application of that treatment to historic and first generation steam locomotives is a crucial step in keeping histo...
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