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Offline Clydebuilt1971

Waverley's Main Engine at Full Speed
« on: Jul 16, 2018, 12:27 PM »
Those who have seen Waverley's 2100ihp Triple Expansion Main Engine in the metal will agree its impressive even when standing still!

Take a look at this video of the engine running at "8 notches past the E" (the E being a letter on the control lever console which the engineers use as a guide for throttle position when running at cruising speed)

Effectively the throttle is wide open here - oil consumption approx. 1800litres of furnace oil per hour per boiler.

I have been on her once on a flat out run from Campbeltown to Ayr on flat calm Sunday evening. Speed was approx. 17.5knts that night.

Engine is rotating at approx. 57rpm

ps Waverley - Main Engine Full Speed 2011

The paddle beats at this speed are like a machine gun. This speed rarely happens these days due to the fuel consumption and the stress it puts on the paddle wheels.


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Re: Waverley's Main Engine at Full Speed
« Reply #1 on: Jul 16, 2018, 12:49 PM »
Very impressive and amazing!!!  ;D
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