Ah well, there’s yer problem, innit?

Boiler explosions are of a particular danger in (locomotive-type) fire tube boilers because the top of the firebox (crown sheet) must be covered with some amount of water at all times; or the heat of the fire can weaken the crown sheet or crown stays to the point of failure, even at normal working pressure.

https://www.vintag.es/2020/02/steam-locomotive-boiler-explosion.html

4 comments for “Ah well, there’s yer problem, innit?

  1. John Tee
    February 28, 2020 at 21:30

    The loco pictured appears to have exploded at the end farthest away from the crown sheet?

  2. Doonhamer
    February 28, 2020 at 21:32

    Water suddenly taking up 1760 times the volume.
    Amazing that that number is number of yards in a mile.
    Wonder how far the boiler front plate, smokebox door and headlight went.
    A most effective retro rocket brake.

  3. Chuckles
    February 28, 2020 at 22:42

    Excellent illustrations for Derek Lowe’s “Things I won’t work with”. Scary

  4. February 29, 2020 at 06:21

    Quite astounding.

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