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Nevada State Railroad Museum's Steam Locomotive #8 Has a "Bad Hair Day"

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Published on Feb 26, 2010

This video was left out of the Living Steam DVD. If you like this video then you might like the Living Steam DVD or Blu-Ray disc, available at Amazon.com. There are previews at http://www.youtube.com/livingsteam, or at the livingsteam.com website.

I left this clip out of Living Steam because it shows a breakdown of the Nevada State Railroad Museum's #8 steam locomotive. It was more a cool-down, because the fireman was unable to keep a sufficient fire and the locomotive quit when going up a slight hill. The museum had installed a flow meter to test the locomotive's oil use. Unfortunately, this meter also restricted the oil flow and prevented the fire from running at full blast.

The locomotive comes to a stop, and once the fire is built back up, there's a problem getting the locomotive to move.

You can see throughout the video, when the engineer blasts the whistle, he is trying to save steam. It sounds pretty weak. After a couple runbys, we hop in the cab for the ill-fated run. This locomotive, while part of the collection at the Nevada State Railroad Museum, never was owned by the original Virginia and Truckee Railroad that shut down in 1950. It was run during the 1970's for a year at the Virginia and Truckee Railroad in Virginia City, Nevada. In that sense, it is a true V&T locomotive.

#8 has a colorful history, you can read it at the NSRM-friends.org website at http://www.nsrm-friends.org/nsrm04.html. Like some of the original V&T locomotives, it was sold to a movie production company in the 1940s and used in various films. This is probably the main reason it didn't go to the scrap pile. It was then acquired by Short Line enterprises and eventually found its way to Carson City, Nevda.

This was shot in late 2007. Currently, in 2010, #8 is down for firebox repairs. Perhaps the volunteers blew it up one too many times, I have seen where rookie firemen let the fire die down at the stations. The fire goes out without their knowing it, but the locomotive still has enough steam to get underway. Once the fireman goes to spray the oil, it hits a hotspot in the firebox and BOOM. I have seen this happen and it felt like an earthquake in the Wabuska depot. Anyway, that's my guess about why the firebox might be damaged, I've seen this multiple times and the volunteers don't bother to inform the mechanical staff who work full-time at the museum.

With the #8 down, #25 pulled the load in 2009. #25 is a real original Virginia and Truckee locomotive, it also worked in the movies before settling in at Carson City's railroad museum. The #25 tender has problems, though, so late last year on Nevada Day I saw #25 pulling the #8 tender you see in this video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z8V6CW....

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