View Single Post
  #10 (permalink)  
Old 03-02-2007, 10:42 PM
David Dewey David Dewey is offline
Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: Northern California above Lake Oroville on "Dewey Mountain"
Posts: 1,153

Thos of us who have had to deal with gov't. boiler inspection have learned that it's often a crap shot when it comes to inspectors. The neaby 15" gauge steam railroad I used to volunteer on had a fairly sweet deal, as the inspector was a former maritime officer, as was the railroad's locomotive builder--in fact, the builder out ranked the inspector! They were able to "talk shop" and trade lies, and the inspections usually went along properly, with no complications.
But, I knew of one railroad that was blessed (HAH!) with an inspector who didn't understand riveted boilers and was dirth to approve any. This kind of situation may happen more often as we move away from that technology. Unfortunately, I don't see this inspection problem ever improving, it's the nature of government!
David D.
Reply With Quote