14th May 2009
Fiddler passed its hydraulic test successfully on Tuesday. In the photo below, Joe Moore (Zurich’s boiler inspector) and Vincent Allen pump the water pressure up to 300psi (150% normal working pressure) for half an hour to prove the soundness of the boiler and new tubes. This was successfully accomplished and the steamtest is planned for next Thursday.
Below: A view of the front tubeplate. This angle is normally obscured by the front rolls and it vividly illustrates the difficulty of sweeping the tubes on a steam roller!
I mentioned elsewhere the road making gallery at Amberley Chalk Pits Museum. Here are a few more images that illustrate this excellent display. Note the Phoenix Tar Boiler – a photo of our own is included by contrast!