Re: Kewanee boiler flat car load

Charles Peck

Kewanee made many different sizes.  Look at the width of your model.  
Seven or eight foot wide, three would work in my opinion.  Nine or ten 
foot wide, I would go with two.  Some smaller sizes might sit crosswise, 
side by side the whole length of the car with just enough spacing for dunnage 
and tie downs.
Chuck Peck

On Wed, Dec 9, 2020 at 6:50 PM Ralph W. Brown <rbrown51@...> wrote:
Hi Chuck,
When asked about the weight of these boilers, I was trying to figure out whether a flat car could handle more than one in a load.  Based on your comments, it looks like two or three power boilers would not over load a 40 ton flatcar.  Does that seem reasonable to you?
Ralph Brown
Portland, Maine
PRRT&HS No. 3966
NMRA No. L2532

From: Charles Peck
Sent: Wednesday, December 9, 2020 6:15 PM
Subject: Re: [RealSTMFC] Kewanee boiler flat car load
Like many things in life, it depends.  It could be a heating boiler or a power boiler,
Both came in various sizes.  A heating boiler would typically carry 15 PSI or so and
be formed of lighter gauge steel.  The significant weight would be any refractory and
cast iron grates within the boiler.
The power boiler would be formed of heavier sheet steel and might weigh twice as much.
A wild ass guess from someone who has actually fired one of these things would put a
heating boiler of ordinary size at 2 to 5 tons.  A power boiler maybe 10 or 12 tons.
Anyway, as many as would fit on a 40 foot flatcar would not look like an overloaded car.
If anyone were to question it, call them heating boilers.  Still worried?  Put crates of iron
iron grates, boiler fittings, and firebrick on an adjoining flat.
Chuck Peck

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