RailPictures.Net Photo: M&KCo. 3 Durbin & Greenbrier Valley Steam 2-Truck Climax at Durbin, West Virginia by Kevin Madore
 
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Durbin & Greenbrier Valley (more..)
Steam 2-Truck Climax (more..)
Durbin Depot (more..)
Durbin, West Virginia, USA (more..)
May 10, 2009
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M&KCo. 3 (more..)
Durbin Rocket (more..)
Kevin Madore (more..)
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Blow-down!! Climax #3's Fireman stands back as his Engineer opens the blow-down valve to clear the boiler's mudring of any sediment build-up. With the valve fully open, superheated water at 125 psi is ejected from the boiler and instantly flashes to steam. The plume blasts outward 20-30 yards from the locomotive creating a roar that can be heard for some distance. While the steam plume is clearly scalding hot when it emerges, the end of the plume is actually just cool and wet due to expansion and evaporative cooling. Engine crews typically perform this operation at least once per day and often, more frequently.
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