Bruce R Pier wrote:
They have some of the cleanest exhausts in railroading. At most you might see a minor haze when there is a change in the firing rate. On a cold (for SoCal) morning is about the only time when you'll see visable exhaust, and that's mostly water vapor.
After all the time we spend behind the backhead and throttle, we get very good at what we do! Its funny, but I am a member of the Riverside Live Steamers here in Riverside, CA.
I like to go and hang around with the guys, but there are those times when one of them gets a wild hair up his keester, and begins to tell me how he's sure that given the chance, they could really show us how to operate our locomotives!!!!!
And I just smile and say nothing, trying to be nice. But really? You operate your locomotives every second and fourth Sunday? And maybe for 8 hours? We average 32 to 40 hours a week???? I would never be that presumptive, but then?
And about the picture, a comment was made about how we test our locomotives pulling empty trains? Well when testing an engine, two trains are hooked up together and then the locomotive is tested. But, the tests are now done at night and after park hours, so you will have to look hard to see us playing