Saturday, February 23, 2008

Square, not level

Square, not level
Originally uploaded by SeabeeCook
When Keith Berry mentioned that he'd mounted the builders plate on the smoke box of the Diamond and Caldor No. 4, I said, "It's not level."

"Level? We don't worry about level," Keith shot back. "This is a locomotive. It's square with the smoke box."

Keith grabbed a framing square and checked his work. Sure enough, the square lined up perfectly with the construction number.

The boiler isn't level with the horizon, said Keith. Characteristic of the Shay geared steam engine, the boiler isn't true with locomotive deck. And it lists to the firemen's side.

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