Something for the children – What’s Under Victoria’s Shiny Green Paint
8th July 2020 8th July 2020
We all know that Victoria has that lovely shiny green paint, but what is underneath it?
Well, the shiny green part is called the boiler and this is where all the water is. Inside are tubes that the heat from the fire goes along and boils the water, which then makes steam, and this is what Victoria uses to drive herself along.
All of you that have Victoria’s story books can see the diagram in the back which explains this in more detail.
Would you like to see some pictures of Victoria without her green shiny paint? Well take a look at these pictures below.
You can see here Lloyd has taken off one of Victoria's green tin boiler sheets and underneath there are lengths of wood. I will explain more on that in the next couple of pictures.
Here are a few of Victoria's tin boiler sheets which have been taken off, there are 2 on each side of her boiler, and 1 that goes over the top of the back of the boiler.
Kev's turn, and as we see under Victoria's green tin sheets there are lengths of wood, called lagging, this is to keep the heat in and around her boiler so the water inside the boiler heats up quicker and stays hot for longer.
This is what Victoria looks like without any tin sheets on her boiler.
You can still see one of Victoria's brass boiler bands here.
Now you can see Victoria's boiler. all bare, with no tin sheets or wood.
Victoria wouldn't look so shiny without her green tin sheets on, would she.
Here you can see Lloyd is putting on Victoria's new wooden lagging. She is starting to look very smart.
This was a long job but we got there in the end.
Our old dog Jess just checking all is going well.
This was all being done because every 10 years traction engines have to have what known as a hydraulic test, and you have to remover all the tin sheets and lagging so the metal boiler can be seen and tested.
After Victoria had been tested she was then off to be repainted, we will show you that in the next blog.
Hope you have enjoyed this blog.