MSSLS - Steamup Guidelines
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.
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
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
(3) If the top end of the air pipe is below the lower
edge of the filler plug fitting and the tank is overfilled, fuel will
seep down the air pipe and flood the sump causing the excess fuel to
spill out through the wicks. Remove fuel until the over flow stops and
when re-filling use the exact amount of fuel specified.
(4) On a hot day, a tank locomotive, such as the Pannier,
may have its fuel supply start to vaporize because of the proximity of
the fuel tank to the burner. This may cause fuel spillage and fires
along the track. Halt operations and close the fuel needle valve if
this occurs. Cool the top of the fuel tank with a wet cloth and do not
resume operation until the ambient temperature is cooler.
Remember, the the level of fuel in the sump will normally
coincide with the lower end of the air pipe. This level must be below the
top of the wick tubes or else fuel leakage will occur. If a vaporizing
burner pilot wick overflows, the fuel tank needle valve is opened too
far. Open it to the point that fuel flow equals burn.
Ref: Thanks to Jim Pitts and Southern Steam Trains
for use of this information.
Coal Fired Locomotives
Dumping of cinders or ashes on the track is
strictly prohibited. (Use ash pan or remove from track)
Please remember, damaged
track ties due to a track fire is YOUR responsibility, not the clubs.
Since most of the
major accidents happen to trains running on the outside track, it is strongly
suggested that slower running locomotives use this track. This would help
eliminate speeding trains approaching members and the public, surprising them,
and getting knocked off the track accidentally. (A slower train gives more
reaction time when alerted to it’s presence.)
When running on the
outside track, it is also strongly suggested that you run your train from the
outside of the track area. This will eliminate reaching over the two inner
tracks and greatly reduce the possibility of an accident or interference with
the inside track operators.
When running on the
center track, always check for approaching trains on the inner track before
reaching for your engine or train. (The faster trains will be running on the
inner and center tracks, so it is very important that you check before
Since there is
not always a track marshal, it is everyone’s responsibility to watch for
hands, arms, and other obstacles that may get in the way of running trains.
Don’t be afraid to let someone know that they are too close to the track and
could cause an accident, or they’re not following one of the guidelines listed
here. The train you save may be your own!
guests shall act in a manner reflecting the reputation of the MSSLS Club as a
friendly, inviting and family oriented group.
language, jokes, jesters or rudeness will be tolerated.
beverages are prohibited at the location of public exhibitions.
Following these rules is required, and
appreciated by the MSSLS founding fathers.
Fred G., Tom M., Tom T., Bob W.