Re: [7mm NGA] Re: Isobel at Amerton
- On the FR we manage with what feels like quite a bit less than two feet (must measure it one day) between the firebox and the cab side sheets on Fairlies, so throwing coal in to Isabel's relatively small firebox should be relatively straightforward. Cleaning the firebox would be a different matter, so the opening in the cab backsheet would allow the driver/fireman easy access with the fire irons. If only the cab sidesheets were detachable on Fairlies.
On 23 Jan 2013, at 21:44, David Woodcock wrote:
> The cab of the earliest phase of Bagnall 7 inch locos (of which Isabel is the sole surviving example) was incredibly cramped, measuring less than 2 feet from the back of the firebox to the back rail/sheet. You would have needed an opening in any back sheet just to be able to fire the loco.
> With subsequent phases of these locos, the cab size was increased (more than once) to make things easier for the driver. The downside of increasing the cab size was that it correspondingly increased rear overhang (behind the rear axle) bringing other problems.
> David Woodcock
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