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Old 07-25-2014, 08:34 PM
Join Date: May 2007
Location: Louisville, KY
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I've "chewed the fat" with other engineers over this broken shaft--can think of a number of scenarios that may cause such a problem, but I haven't gotten enough solid information to come to any conclusions. I've often wondered what sort of stresses are put on her shaft when shipping "on the fly." After operating the Belle's engines, it took some time to get used to making this "sudden" change in direction on the AQ. Her engines are also extremely "cold-natured". In other words, we had to be very conscious of how her cylinder drains were set when locking, landing, and departing. Even after several hours of continuous use, coming out of a lock without opening her drains enough could be catastrophic! The loudest water hammer I ever heard was from those engines--sure will make a believer out of ya! Anyway, there are many possibilities to imagine in causing her shaft to break. As the saying goes, I haven't heard "the rest of the story" yet.
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