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jerseysteam

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Roundhouse Millie sets record run
« on: April 14, 2019, 08:45:08 am »
Connie, my year-old Roundhouse Millie, ran for an uninterrupted 67 minutes this a.m. The previous record was 58 min. 17 scale mph or less. 60*F with light mist. No wind. No gas or water refills. 60 ml water left in the boiler. The photo shows her cooling down after the record run. The pride of the Midland & Main fleet.  :)

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Re: Roundhouse Millie sets record run
« Reply #1 on: April 14, 2019, 09:47:02 am »
Amazing amount of time! Did you figure out how far it traveled?
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Re: Roundhouse Millie sets record run
« Reply #2 on: April 14, 2019, 09:58:24 am »
Amazing amount of time! Did you figure out how far it traveled?

Didn't think of that! Back of the envelope calculation, assuming 17 mph avg speed... ~19 scale miles or ~1 actual mile.
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Re: Roundhouse Millie sets record run
« Reply #3 on: April 14, 2019, 10:03:26 am »
Fun time, love that little wagon, I could use about a dozen of them...
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Re: Roundhouse Millie sets record run
« Reply #4 on: April 14, 2019, 10:08:52 am »
Didn't think of that! Back of the envelope calculation, assuming 17 mph avg speed... ~19 scale miles or ~1 actual mile.

That would have been good exercise following it around the track.   ;D
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Re: Roundhouse Millie sets record run
« Reply #5 on: April 14, 2019, 10:11:58 am »
It rolls well on my layout's tight curves (a.k.a. corners). The granite load is sitting on a piece of foam board and glued in place with diluted regular Titebond, so it's not waterproof. 

Fun time, love that little wagon, I could use about a dozen of them...
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Re: Roundhouse Millie sets record run
« Reply #6 on: April 14, 2019, 10:13:28 am »
It has certainly traveled farther than I have (or plan to) today.  :P

That would have been good exercise following it around the track.   ;D
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Re: Roundhouse Millie sets record run
« Reply #7 on: April 14, 2019, 10:55:04 am »
That's a long run for sure - you must have everything set just right. Well done.
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Re: Roundhouse Millie sets record run
« Reply #8 on: April 14, 2019, 12:03:27 pm »
Well done INDEED ... that must be just the right speed!
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Re: Roundhouse Millie sets record run
« Reply #9 on: April 15, 2019, 09:01:42 am »
Congratulations!

An impressive run.

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Re: Roundhouse Millie sets record run
« Reply #10 on: April 15, 2019, 02:44:17 pm »
Well done. It's good control of the gas that does it and the right valve settings. Some people have the gas up too high and it wastes steam through the safety valve.  :).....Allan
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Re: Roundhouse Millie sets record run
« Reply #11 on: April 15, 2019, 04:48:40 pm »
With the Millie, tweaking the gas valve here and there does the trick for me. I rarely touch the regulator.

Well done. It's good control of the gas that does it and the right valve settings. Some people have the gas up too high and it wastes steam through the safety valve.  :).....Allan
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Re: Roundhouse Millie sets record run
« Reply #12 on: April 15, 2019, 06:10:12 pm »
impressively long run for one boiler fill , I don't believe I've heard of any longer runs than that.
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Re: Roundhouse Millie sets record run
« Reply #13 on: April 17, 2019, 04:53:52 pm »
That is an impressive run time.

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Re: Roundhouse Millie sets record run
« Reply #14 on: May 13, 2019, 01:28:43 pm »
That's an impressive running time on one fill of gas - butane?

My manual controlled Millie ran for 63 mins last year on one fill of mixed butane/propane gas pulling one small coach on an end to end layout indoors, requiring running round at each end. Later in the year it put in 2 runs of over 50 mins on my small portable layout, which uses Faller eTrain track (15" radius), at a model railway show.

My radio controlled Millie is still running in, and like wise my 45mm gauge Millie which has just been fitted with new slide valves & the timing adjusted, so they do not run for as long (yet).

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