Modern Steam

AN ECONOMIC AND ENVIRONMENTAL ALTERNATIVE TO DIESEL TRACTION

BENEFITS OF MODERN STEAM

One man operation for steam locomotives

Remote-controlled steam engines for ships

Light-oil firing with clean and spark free combustion

High thermal efficiency of engine and boiler

Modular concept

Modern manufacturing allows for exchangeable parts

Latest bearing technology reduces maintenance and protects the environment

Electric preheating device enables unattended heating up of steam boilers

 

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VEHICLE RUNNING STABILITY OF DIESEL LOCOMOTIVE TYPE EM 831 GREATLY IMPROVED

26 July 2019

In 1989 the Swiss Federal Railway SBB ordered three prototypes of 0-6-0 shunting Diesel locomotives type Em 831. These locomotives had initually been designed for a speed of 80 km/h, but insufficient vehicle running stability enforced a reduced speed limit of 60 km/h. At that time seemingly no one found a solution to improve the running stability and consequently, no further locomotives of this type have been built. When the locomotives were phased out by SBB, the Swiss firm Stauffer bought the lot and asked DLM, if it were possible to modify the locomotives for higher speed. This was successfully done with a few moderate modifications. The tests showed a stable running stability up to at least 93 km/h and the Em 831 are now officially approved for 80 km/h.

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Engineering Contract for new Paddle Steamer on River Rhein

10 April 2019

A Swiss society named Pro Dampfer intends to build an all-new paddle steamer for service on the river Rhein between the Swiss town of Schaffhausen to the German town Konstanz on lake Constance. No doubt the new paddle steamer will be popular with tourists enjoying the beautiful landscape along the meandering river, free of motor noise and exhaust emissions, but the project is also interesting from a pure technical background. As a world first, so we think, the new paddle steamer will be fuelled with local wood pellets, resulting in a CO2-neutral operation. However, the calorific value of wooden pellets is much lower compared to fuel oil, requiring an optimized steam engine. DLM now has to do the engineering for the entire drive: fuel, firing, boiler, steam engine, auxilliaries and paddle wheels.

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SS SPIEZ: MACHINING OF THE MOTION OF THE NEW STEAM ENGINE NEARS COMPLETION

26 February 2019

The new V-shaped twin steam engine for the screw steamer "Spiez" is nearing completion. The two photos show the connecting rods and the parts of the Stephenson control system with machining status from 26. 2. 2019. Photos Roger Waller

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MODERNIZED SNOW PLOUGHS IN ACTION

21 January 2019

Between 2009 and 2015 Austrian Federal Railways (ÖBB) have modernized 23 snow ploughs to increase their reliability and improve the ecology. The old, oil-dripping plain bearings have all been replaced by new modern roller bearing wheelsets delivered by DLM. The special technology of these roller bearing wheelsets had been developed for the likewise modernization of the steam locomotive 52 8055. It allows the use of roller bearings without modification of the frame. The heavy snowfalls in large parts of Austria gave the snowploughs a lot of work. Clearing the track by means of a snow plough is very attractive to look at, as can be verified by the short video:

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New Boiler for Steam Ship SS Spiez

1 December 2018

On December 1, 2018 the new boiler has been lifted into the boiler room of the screw steamer SS Spiez, see pictures taken by Robert Horlacher. The all-new two-cylinder steam engine is unfortunately not yet ready, which is mainly due to the generally excellent workload of the Swiss manufacturing industry. Tailor-made never meant priority within manufacturing proceses, but this time it was simply impossible to get things done in an acceptable time frame.

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Puffing Billy: Oil-fired 14A officially inaugurated

29 October 2018

On the occasion of the 20-year anniversary of the reopening of Puffing Billy's Gembrook section on October 18, 2018, oil-firedNA-class steam locomotive 14A was officially presented to the public. The picture shows Puffing Billy's technical managers David Clowes (left) and Tim Heeks in front of decorated 14A.

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Steamship SS Spiez: Boiler approved

20 September 2018

The new three-pass boiler for SS Spiez has been built by the German manufacturer Bay Boilers BBS and approved by TUEV. The boiler produces 1000 kg of superheated steam at 16 bar and 420°C. The modern steam plant with the automatic boiler and the new remote-controlled steam engine replaces the old Diesel motor. The pictures (BBS) show the boiler without the insulation.

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PUFFING BILLY: OIL-FIRED NA-CLASS LOCOMOTIVE 14A IN REGULAR TRAFFIC

30 June 2018

On  Mai 24, 2018 the oil-fired NA-class locomotive hauled the first official time-tabled passenger train and is since regularly used, mainly on the entire section to Gembrook. At the same time, firemen and driver training has been  extended. The main reason for the conversion to light oil firing was the elimination of fire danger and many a steam railway in Europe and the USA may now wish to have had the same foresight. Climate change results in more frequent and longer dry periods, even in countries once famous for rain. So the question to be asked more and more often is: would you rather have an oil-fired steam locmotive or a  replacement diesel in front of your train?

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SUCCESSFUL STEAM EVENT, ALL STEAM TRAINS ON TIME

31 May 2018

The Steam Centre of Winterthur recorded a high number of visitors and all steam trains run exactly on time. The picture shows the arrival of coal-fired 52 2988 (052 988-3) with the feeder train from Rottweil, before 52 8055 took over. Photo Roger Waller

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