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Old 12-27-2018, 11:38 AM   #1
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Default Tire change, NOT what you think....

I've been recovering pics from a computer crash, came accross these and thought someone might like them.
In case you don't know, steam locomotives have shrink-fit "tires", with occasional re-cutting, ours last about 15 years or so before needing replaced.
These pics are from a tire change on our Shay #11 (built 1923, 90 ton class C, running weight a little over 100 tons) back in 2012

Removing the axles from Shay 11


Lighting up the heater, the same kind of equipment that's been used for this job for over 100 years. Fueled by kerosene and compressed air.








The tire comes off




The axles with hubs without the tires


I don't have pictures of the reinstall (that I can find) the tires are heated in a bonfire and slid back onto the hub, there's a flange to keep them from sliding too far, then sprayed with water to shrink them back onto the hub. All tires have to be machined within 7/64ths of an inch in diameter or less. I shoot for 5/64ths or less.

This is a pic of me machining a passenger car axle set back in 2014, the same process is used for the locomotive axles/tires.
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I never knew they used an inner "rubber" tire on locomotives

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I never knew they used an inner "rubber" tire on locomotives

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No rubber, just steel on steel. Why they call them "tires" I don't know, but thats been the name since the 1800s. Tho some high speed railroads do use a rubber layer between the hubs and "tires" to reduce vibration on the passenger cars.
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So they are held together by friction only, hot steel "tire" put on rim and then allowed to cool?
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