MSSLS – Steamup Guidelines

Member Courtesy

  • Please limit runs to a maximum of 40 minutes to allow other members that are waiting time to run.
  • Let other steamers know when you are getting ready to stop running and release running rights on the occupied track so they may prepare their engines for their next run.
  • Be aware of steamers that are operating when you’re not running, and allow them room to follow their engines around the track.


Engine Safety

  • Never add butane to your locomotive while the burner is still lit.
  • When adding butane to your locomotive while on the track, stop filling the tank when another train is approaching and give a quick ‘blow’ on the track area underneath to dissipate any vapors that may be present.  Resume fueling after the locomotive has past.
  • When fueling alcohol locomotives with a chicken feed fuel system, always make sure the fuel valve is closed before removing the fuel cap from the tank.  This will eliminate fuel overflow from the wicks.
  • When fueling alcohol locomotives with a sump style fuel system, please remove the locomotive from the track before adding fuel.  (Over filling the fuel tank will cause a spill on the track area either around the wick pots, or the overflow line.  This spill could then be ignited by another passing engine and damage the track, engines running, rolling stock, and possibly hurt spectators.)
  • If your alcohol locomotive has a track fire from spillage, please do not run it again until the problem has been corrected.  (This is most likely either loose wicking material, a broken fuel line or an out of adjustment sump, and should be rectified before returning to the track to run.)
  • Fuel Leaks (Alcohol)
    If a wick type burner overflows and spills alcohol out of the wick tubes, check the following points:

    (1) The filler plug is not properly installed.  Check to see that the O-ring is in good condition.


    (2) The bottom end of the air pipe, shown in Figure 40, does not extend down far enough in the sump.  Remove the sump and extend the length of the air pipe by slipping a piece of silicone tubing over it