Trumpeter 1:35 scale DRG Baureihe 86 display model.

Discussion in 'Area 51' started by P A D, 25 October 2019.

  1. P A D

    P A D Western Thunderer

    Yes, I'm sure you are correct. They mainly publish profiles on military aircraft and AFVs. I suspect the BR86 and BR52 were only added because of their use by military modellers in war time dioramas. I can't think of an example, but there are one or two other guesses in the book.

    Weird name change by the way! :))
  2. Steph Dale

    Steph Dale Western Thunderer

    Hehe, whoops...!

  3. mickoo

    mickoo Western Thunderer

    I'd love to find some of that wet coal that supposedly burns better :eek:
  4. simond

    simond Western Thunderer

    If you look under the pile of rocking horse poo, just behind the brass magnets...
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  5. P A D

    P A D Western Thunderer

    That said, I've seen the coaling plant in operation at Grosmont on the NYMR and as they drop the coal, a water spray is activated that I assume is to to keep the dust down. It's quite a heavy damping and the coal must be wet, but it still burns. But burning better????
  6. mickoo

    mickoo Western Thunderer

    And that's all it does, keeps the dust down.

    Coal dust/ is any powder actually, wood, custard, flour, highly explosive in the right conditions.
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  7. Brian McKenzie

    Brian McKenzie Western Thunderer

    There are probably as many theories about burning wetted coal as there are coal types. Decades ago when enjoying footplate rides, one fireman reckoned dampening the coal made it burn better. Perhaps this was a measure of increasing spontaneous combustion?
    A Japanese power generating station stores imported coal in the ocean, but that might be as a strategic reserve possibly.

    Burning of damp coal.jpg
  8. simond

    simond Western Thunderer

    indeed, grain store explosions seem to be a feature of prairie life, and closer to home too.

    Tilbury Port explosion badly damages grain terminal silos Grain store roof mangled in 'massive explosion'

    Probably got a lot to do with the prohibition notices for locos on GW coal stages


    (From Trip Advisor website, for info only)

    I must admit, I’d never heard of a custard powder explosion, but live and learn...

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  9. Steph Dale

    Steph Dale Western Thunderer

  10. simond

    simond Western Thunderer

    Thanks Steph,

    as I said, live & learn.

    “the great Banbury custard explosion” has a certain ring to it, a bit like the “London beer flood“ London Beer Flood - Wikipedia
    Would be funny but for the poor victims...

  11. oldravendale

    oldravendale Western Thunderer

    We lived until recently very close to a working water mill which continues to grind flour to this day as a tourist attraction but also commercially. I've spent many happy hours chatting with the miller and he always said that there are certain principles which have to be applied due to the potential for the dust created during grinding spontaneously combusting. Mind you, the mill has been there since the mid 18th Century so they've probably got it sorted by now.

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  12. Lancastrian

    Lancastrian Western Thunderer

    Combustion of coal in one of Titanic's bunkers played a part in her sinking. Apparently, the bunker was on fire when the ship departed Southampton, and on the side which struck the iceberg.

  13. simond

    simond Western Thunderer

    I’d read that too. It rather begs the question of whether ships often sailed with their bunkers, if not alight, then at least smouldering. Wikipedia suggests that spontaneous combustion of damp, ideally fresh, low grade coal is certainly possible.

  14. Steph Dale

    Steph Dale Western Thunderer

    Yep, it wasn't uncommon. It was also a problem at facilities like coal-burning power stations...

  15. JimG

    JimG Western Thunderer

    Years ago, I worked as a coal trimmer in the power house at the distillery in the town. The power house had three chain grate Babcocks boilers and was kept coaled each day from 16T mineral wagons. But there was an emergency pile of coal to the side of the power house and I remember that being a constant worry because it would regularly ignite.