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Tom Eccles

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Reciprocating or Turbine?
« on: May 31, 2007, 09:33:00 PM »

Evening Gentlemen,

Can anyone help with a little information.

I am looking to purchase a JJC steam sound module for the Mountfleet CRUISER Tug I have just started.

Although the model will have electric power I want it to sound like it has a steam engine. Can anyone tell me if the original (before conversion to diesel) had a reciprocating or turbine engine? and, if reciprocating, was it double or triple expansion???

Many thanks



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Re: Reciprocating or Turbine?
« Reply #1 on: May 31, 2007, 10:54:01 PM »

She had a triple expansion engine which was almost silent unless you were onboard, this was and is the case with all steam powered vessels.



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Re: Reciprocating or Turbine?
« Reply #2 on: May 31, 2007, 11:24:21 PM »

Usually only hear the feed pump clanking on most steam engines.
As previously said, almost silent.

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Re: Reciprocating or Turbine?
« Reply #3 on: June 01, 2007, 06:35:12 AM »

Many thanks, I suspected she would have a triple expansion engine.

I appreciate your replies


P.S. maybe one day I will be able to fit the real thing, once I can persuade SWMBO to stop wasting money on frippery's like food,heating, clothing etc.



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Re: Reciprocating or Turbine?
« Reply #4 on: October 26, 2007, 02:46:36 PM »

To help satisfy your query do not wast your time and money. Steam recip engines run quite, they do not make any sound except for a low faint rumble from bearings. I have steam tugs in action and all you hear is the prop turning the water and the whoosh of hot gases coming out of the funnel when a extra burner is put on. I served on a steam recip vessel and I used to frequently go down to the engine room and chat to the engineer standing alongside the engines. We could speak normally with no ear defenders, such a difference from a diesel boat. The only other thing you will hear is the regular thump of a feed pump every 3 secs or so, especially if it was a wears feed pump.
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