Re: [FS32NGModelrail] Digest Number 83
- on 28/06/00 2:30 am, FS32NGModelrail@egroups.com at
> Message: 2These boiler books aren't unique to Denmark. We had similar registers in New
> Date: Tue, 27 Jun 2000 11:48:04 +0200
> From: Claus Nielsen <clni@...>
> Subject: Archives, info, photos on industrial NG
> With that in mind I can actually see, that we danes have been much more
> fortunate. This thanks to three or four very dedicated old men (two of them
> actually with a history on the foot plates on industrial steam locos) who
> gathered info and photos on contractors engines already in the early
> fifties. Also 'boiler books' (after danish 'kedel bog' a book that follows
> the boiler, which indicates dates of maintenance, inspection etc.) has been
> collected by these men and are kept as reference material.
> The 'boiler books' was the way the danish administration (already well
> developed (meaning 'large and cumbersome'!) in the 19th century) kept score
> on the number and condition on the potentially quite dangerous boilers. This
> means, that almost every contractors loco that did service in Denmark is
> known - even with photos from most construction projects the locos did
> service on! Of course there are still plenty of 'problems' to sort out, but
> we have a very fine starting point.
Zealand, as did the Tasmanians and, presumably, the other Australian states.
The NZ registers are in our National Archives. What's always intrigued me is
that NZ and Tasmania were both British colonies when they set up their
systems and presumably took their lead from the motherland. Yet I've never
seen any reference to similar registers in British railway publications. Did
the British colonial administrators tell us colonials to "do as I say, not
as I do" or are there boiler records lurking in the PRO waiting to be
discovered? The NZ boiler inspection records were maintained by the former
Marine Department, which doesn't seem the most obvious place to look for
locomotive information at first. But then the same department also inspected
cranes and building lifts (aka elevators)!
- Kevin can you please Email me direct as I don't have your email address and
don't want to inflict this chat group with the scans we discussed.