Sunday, 13 December 2015

Steam Brake Air Tested

In June 2012, I last wrote about Sentinel 7109's steam brake cylinder. Time passes and I've learnt that restoration is not a rapid activity!

The brake cylinder was reinstalled on Monday 7th December 2015 and here it is in place bolted to the left hand frame member to the rear of the boiler. (Bearing in mind that I can only just lift the cylinder on my own, getting it into place under here was not a straight forward exercise and required a selection of trolleys, levers, bits of railway sleeper and a lot of ingenuity to get it home!).
Brake Off
Spot the difference!
Brake On
To see it in action, here's another of my little video clips (Also on YouTube).

Sounds like heavy breathing!

The testing involved connecting a compressed air supply to the Driver's Brake Valve (DBV) inlet. Movement in the video was controlled using the DBV itself as would be normal practice with a steam supply.
DBV Top Left
The brakes still need to be adjusted but that can't happen until the front drive chains are in place and the axles located for the correct chain tension.

Checking back over the 'blog, I've not been able to find anything on the Driver's Brake Valve itself. I've had the photos since December 2012 but they slipped through the net.

The Driver's Brake Valve has an operating shaft and three connections to it - the steam supply inlet from the boiler; the outlet to the brake cylinder and a drain to atmosphere to release the pressure on the cylinder piston to let the brake off after application.
DBV connections
DBV Operating shaft
The operating shaft is extended across the rear of the cab to allow the brake to be operated from either side.
Dual Controls 1927 Style!
I took the following photo just after taking co-ownership of 7109 in 2010. A few bits & pieces had been removed and examined ('played with'). There was a long journey ahead!
DBV in October 2010
For completeness, here's the Sentinel factory drawing of the DBV. It is a general drawing showing that it could be operated from either end although 7109 did not use it that way.
Sentinel DBV Sectional Drawing
Other locos mounted the DBV in the centre rear of the boiler with handles either side.
DBV in Sentinel 9599 (William Mk1)

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