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Steam Classes

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Steam tractors are legendary at Powerland Heritage Park, and in order to operate and maintain them properly, Western Steam Fiends uses these tractors to teach people of all ages how to safely bring them to life at monthly Steam Classes in the first six months of the year.

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STEAM SCHOOL SCHEDULE 2017

(DATES SUBJECT TO CHANGE)

JANUARY 14,  9:00 AM – 11:00 AM.  INSTRUCTORS, DAN KEARL, GARY CLARK,  INTRODUCTION TO BOILERS,  HISTORY, TYPES, STYLES, USES, CONSTRUCTION, OPERATION, INSPECTIONS, VIEW CUTAWAY, BOILER SAFETY.

FEBRUARY 11, 10:00 AM – NOON.  INSTRUCTOR, PAUL DUCHATEAU, BOILER APPLIANCES, WATER GLASS GAUGE, TRY-COCKS, FUSIBLE PLUGS, PRESSURE GAUGES, INJECTORS, FEED-WATER PUMPS, VIEW CUTAWAY BOILER, BOILER SAFETY.

MARCH 11,  10:00 AM. – NOON.  INSTRUCTORS, GREG WARKENTIN, NICK WILLIAMS, ENGINES, TYPES, CONFIGURATION,  REVERSING VALVES,  GOVERNORS,  OILERS,  HAND-HOLE GASKETS, BOILER SAFETY.

APRIL 15,  9:00 AM. – ALL DAY.** INSTRUCTORS,  STAFF,  “HANDS ON’ ENGINE OPERATIONS,  INSTALL HAND-HOLE GASKETS, FILL BOILER,  CHECKING SAFE WATER LEVEL, OILING, LIGHTING FIRE,  RAISING STEAM, CHECKING SAFETY VALVE,  PROPER FIRING, MAINTAINING SAFE BOILER WATER LEVEL,  INTRODUCTION TO ENGINE CONTROLS,  BOILER SAFETY.

APRIL 29,  9:00 AM. – ALL DAY.** INSTRUCTORS,  STAFF.  “HANDS ON” ENGINE OPERATIONS,  CLEANING BOILER TUBES/ASH PIT,  CHECKING SAFE WATER LEVEL,  OILING,  RAISING STEAM, CHECKING SAFETY VALVE,  MAINTAINING STEAM PRESSURE,  FIRING TECHNIQUES,  MAINTAINING SAFE WATER LEVEL,  ENGINE CONTROL/STEERING ON THE ROAD,  BOILER SAFETY.

MAY 13,  9:00 AM. – ALL DAY.** INSTRUCTORS, STAFF.  “HANDS ON” ENGINE OPERATIONS  CLEAN BOILER TUBES,  CLEAN ASH PAN,  OILING,  CHECK SAFE WATER LEVEL,  FIRING, RAISING STEAM,  CHECKING SAFETY VALVE,  ENGINE CONTROL,  WORKING THE ENGINE,  MAINTAIN FIRE/STEAM PRESSURE WHILE UNDER LOAD.  BLOW-DOWN BOILER, BOILER SAFETY.

MAY 20,  9:00 AM. – ALL DAY*** PREPARE BOILERS FOR INSPECTION.

**WEAR CLOTHES THAT CAN GET DIRTY.

***VERY DIRTY

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