The Brusio Spiral Viaduct

Brusio Spiral ViaductIn building a live steam railroad, we are are always careful to ensure that our radius is not too tight and our grades are kept to a minimum. What do you do to keep your grads at a minimum if your a mountain railroad? It takes imagination and planning. That’s just what they did in Graubunden, Switzerland. This is a section of the Bernini Railway.

“A spiral viaduct was required immediately south of Brusio to limit the railway’s grade to the required maximum of 7%, so the train would not slip on the way up, or be uncontrollable on the way down. Geological factors prevented the boring of the spiral tunnel that had originally been planned. Engineers therefore decided to construct on the valley floor a 360 degree curve with a 50 to 70 m (160 to 230 ft) radius, and the viaduct forms part of that curve.”

Minor technical issues

Since the new site has gone live, we have had a few small issues. One of them involves the new Clubs section. Somehow, the site lost track of the map pointers that you see below. This means I have to update the links. Please be patient, this will take time in my free hours. Thank you all for your support, and please spread the word!

Remember, if you are a club office holder, I will be happy to give you administrate power over your listing. If your club is not yet listed, please contact me and we’ll get it up fast.

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Major Update

After several weeks of major work, the site has been revamped with a new and more powerful theme and more importantly, our Live Steam Club listings has been completely re-made. We now have over 5 countries, with more to come.

  • If you are a club officer (verifiable), and would like to update, revise or maintain your club’s listing, please contact me directly.
  • If you know of a club or private track not listed, please contact me so that it can be added.
  • If you see an incomplete listing that you can provide more details, please contact me.
  • This is just the beginning. More major updates are in the works.

Thank you all for visiting and supporting this website throughout our many years. We are the oldest online Live Steam website still in existence, since 1995. Things have changed a lot since we first began. Everything was done with manual coding and things were very limited due to the speed of the internet. Here we are almost 21 years later. We have a great hobby friends. Keep it going strong and safe!

Here is a view of the SteamingPriest.com back in 2001.

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A little maintenance

I was cleaning my Consolidation when yesterday when I got a good look at the back head of the boiler. It wasn’t pretty. Most of the paint was gone, replaced with rust. That means it’s time to clean her up. The boiler wrapper in the cab was in pretty rough shape also. Because I have a Briggs Boiler, and there are no water legs around the fire box, it gets really hot back there. The paint was a real mess. I’m not ready to pull the boiler and paint the whole boiler wrapper and it goes pretty much unseen. So I committed a sin, I took a brush to the boiler wrapper inside the cab area. Better to keep the rust out, than have a major problem. I can replace the whole wrapper after the next running season. Here are a few pics.

Inside the cab before she came out of the shop. June 23, 2010

Inside the cab before she came out of the shop. June 23, 2010

A look inside the cab yesterday. February 9, 2016

A look inside the cab yesterday. February 9, 2016

 

A closeup of the back head

A closeup of the back head

A quick layer of Rust-Oleum

A quick layer of Rust-Oleum

And here is a look inside the fire box. I’ll have to clean up the fire cement.

A view inside the fire box.

A view inside the fire box.

 

Clubs update coming along

Of such a short time, the updated Club Listings page is coming along well.

I invite all club secretaries, (that can be verified), to contact me for a user name, so that you can update your clubs listing as you see fit.

Here is a preview. Hopefully, I can get the new format live in the next week or so. Leave your comments below.

Live Steam Club Listings by Father Finelli - preview

Live Steam Club Listings by Father Finelli – preview