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Old 08-07-2006, 07:22 PM
Judy Patsch Judy Patsch is offline
 
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On her trial run in NOLA, she made 2mph on steam/paddlewheel alone. Her main power is the z-drives. On her first UMR trip in ?95/96, she wasn't a steamboat at all, as her paddlewheel shaft had cracked near Memphis and they had her wheel tied up, as it is now apparently. They didn't have any spotlights on the wheel up here, and probably most people didn't even notice it wasn't turning. She made normal time on diesels alone. Her steam whistle is blown only on rare occasions. For most of the signalling, the airhorn is used instead. I believe at least in the beginning, if not now, the General Jackson had a steam whistle too, but she is definitely no steamboat, all diesel propulsion. They had a small boiler hooked up to the whistle.
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