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I steamed my brand new Royal Hudson today and ran into a problem with the burners. Both burners light easily and stay lit while running on rollers, but when I put it on my track, it barely makes one trip around before one of the burners goes out. Sometimes both burners go out. I took the jets out and blew them out (TWICE) and still have the problem. They look clear with a magnifying glass. You can tell right away that one burner is out. Steam pressure goes down quickly when pulling a load. I even used a different can of Butane (Isobutane) with the same results. I made sure to keep the water bath in the tender around the butane tank so it didn't get too cold.
I tried different settings on the gas valve using a low flame and a high flame with the same results. I guess my next step is to order new jets from Accucraft and flush out the gas tank.
Anybody seen this problem?
 

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Thanks Charles, I'll make sure to check and blow out all associated lines and tubing.
 

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(quote)but noted that you seemed to run the loco with the cylinder drain cocks permanently open?

Great stack talk, though!!

Me and ig are VERY keen to learn where you got ahold of the GN caboose, please.(quote)


Dear Mr. Tacfoley,
Although I took some pictures showing the drain cocks open when first starting up, I was running with them closed. There is some steam escaping from beneath the smokebox probably from the piston glands and some slight leakage from the drain cocks. The humidity was rather high also, so the steam showed up nicely.
The GN Caboose is sold by Sunset Valley RR , Pete Comely in Seattle.
 

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Success with the burners!
I talked to Cliff at Accucraft and he said that sometimes the Butane "Y" junction gets a glob of solder inside and you can't get to it. He sent me another "Y" junction and jets and they seemed to cure the problem. I ran for 30 minutes with 12 reefers and a caboose with no problems.
I noticed that the right hand burner has the superheater steam line running right underneath it and it causes the flame to burn unsymmetrical compared to the nice crescent flame on the left burner. The right burner also tends to gurgle and pop while the other burner does not. It is hard to get the right burner out due to interference with a bracket screwed to the footplate. I would have to remove lots of piping and the cab to get to the screws holding the bracket. Since it's working now, I'll delay that project and enjoy running this great engine.
 
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