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New Millie

Post by markoteal » Sun Apr 09, 2017 8:46 pm

Well after many months of umming and arring, I took the plunge and got a Millie

Here she is - arriving at Junction station after being transferred from the mainline - Kenny pulls her through the station to the depot last night for a steam up
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Now she is being pulled through Brewery Corner toward the east end of the line - which is where the CHLR undertakes test runs - and the journey highlights any gauging runs (which we have a few- minor tweaks - nothing major)
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And here she is at the run around loop awaiting her first test - our new driver Stan inspects his new machine and directs oiling of the motion
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We had two runs today - the first was a learning experience - including how much tweaking the regulator needs - especially just after pressure is reached - the second run was a bit less stressy and we managed more runs time at lower speeds _ i"ll circulate a video soon

I'll probably have lots of questions in the coming weeks as I develop my steaming experience - the first is very easy - after running my lovely new loco has lots of watermarks on it - what do people find the best way to bring that new polish back to life? Those of you who weather are given a pass on this one!

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Re: New Millie

Post by James from Devon » Sun Apr 09, 2017 11:40 pm

Congratulations on your new loco - she looks lovey and I'm very happy for you.

Don't get disheartened if she's being a little tricky....it takes time to run her in and get used to her little quirks and character - every steam loco is different.

I use normal furniture polish on my locos - (except my Regner Konrad - which I never clean) I have never tried anything else on the paintwork and it seems to work fine.

looking forward to seeing the video.

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Re: New Millie

Post by dougrail » Mon Apr 10, 2017 1:12 am

Someone else with a new slipex from RH - awesome! Millies are great if you like the pot boiler variety :)

Regarding regulator and especially after pressure reached - yep, do you mean she surges? Happens on new locos. Make sure you've filled it up then removed 35ml from the full boiler to prevent priming.

With the regulator, as the locos warm through and loosen up, you can use less reg and gas, making for longer runs - my new Bertie can now do 40mins with a load of 6 x heavy wood 4w coaches. Don't forget, the RH gas tank, once burner is lit, only needs to be open a fraction and with the reg almost closed.
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Re: New Millie

Post by LNR » Mon Apr 10, 2017 1:14 am

Congratulations from down here too, your in for a whole new experience. Sounds like your first steamings were without issue, so your off to a good start.
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Re: New Millie

Post by JMORG » Mon Apr 10, 2017 7:49 am

Hi Mark,
Your Victorian maroon Millie looks lovely! Great colour for it. Any mods in the future (dome, cab ect).
In regards to your regulator, take out 50ml of water before each run. We have an old Millie and David Pinniger suggested taking out 50ml in his review in GardenRail. We've always done this and the loco has a lesser tendency to prime.
Millies now are much better than they were when we bought ours, a fellow club member has a new Millie and he's also taken out 50ml each time, but he also leaves the regulator open when warming up, closing it when it moves off. Runs like a sewing machine.
Cleaning off water marks can normally be done with a cloth, only serious cleaning requires something stronger such as paraffin
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Re: New Millie

Post by markoteal » Mon Apr 10, 2017 8:42 am

Cheers guys for the input - all very useful and makes sense and I'll try them at the weekend - it was noticeable how easier the second run was compared with the first so all good - also managed to get the speed down to something approaching prototypical on the second run (after initial 5 mins) - also got a longer run)

Yes, I'll be adding other bits and bobs as we get going - trying the driver in a few spots and she has a bonnet so far - but more will come

Can't wait for Easter weekend to get a few more runs in - and I'll get busy on widening the clearance on the oldest part of the line so we can eventually get running end to end - although whilst I'm learning, the current easily accessible part of the line is probably safest!

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Re: New Millie

Post by artfull dodger » Tue Apr 11, 2017 2:09 am

Beautiful Millie in splendid marroon. All the upgrades from Roundhouse are well worth the price. My Sammie has everything they offer, then I went one step further and installed Walschaerts valve gear on him. I am also having to rework my line to suit my new Pearse Countess better(till the new elevated line becomes a reality). You can set Millie up on two blocks, one at each end, and do some break in running that way as well. This is how I run in my engines and enjoy them during the long winter months where we live in the USA. Mike
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Re: New Millie

Post by markoteal » Tue Apr 11, 2017 10:47 am

artfull dodger wrote:
Tue Apr 11, 2017 2:09 am
Beautiful Millie in splendid marroon. All the upgrades from Roundhouse are well worth the price. My Sammie has everything they offer, then I went one step further and installed Walschaerts valve gear on him. I am also having to rework my line to suit my new Pearse Countess better(till the new elevated line becomes a reality). You can set Millie up on two blocks, one at each end, and do some break in running that way as well. This is how I run in my engines and enjoy them during the long winter months where we live in the USA. Mike
Hi Mike - thanks for that idea - I was thinking of warming her up on blocks at the beginning of each steaming as well to help get the priming out of her system and as you say help run her in - doing that also will allow me to open the regulator more than she gets chance on the line - only far to let her have a good 'go' every so often!
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Re: New Millie

Post by tom_tom_go » Tue Apr 11, 2017 11:05 am

Reign your Millie in like Simon did for stress free slow running:


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Re: New Millie

Post by markoteal » Tue Apr 11, 2017 12:12 pm

Hi - thanks for that - I actually have got one from James in Devon who did a great job of building it into a coal truck and it has been INVALUABLE in reigning the maroon monster in - for the time being, it will become her tender!!

I'll get some video up over Easter of the beast in action! With some day 1 footage (with the sound edited out to avoid my swearing as she takes off up the track!) and then some more refined action - well thats the plan!
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Re: New Millie

Post by artfull dodger » Tue Apr 11, 2017 4:05 pm

Once you get 10 hours or so running, she will become much more docile. The basic series do not get the run in time on steam that the classic series do(the last I knew). So the running in is left to the new owner. A great investment, and one I need to do myself, is purchase a rolling road and I see that Roundhouse is coming out with one now. Then I can run in my engines, or just run them during the months that my railway is put to bed for the winter. Mike
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Re: New Millie

Post by JMORG » Tue Apr 11, 2017 5:05 pm

From my understanding, the basic services are not run on air at all during the manufacturing process, which is a shame but I imagine necessary due to each engine being built for a specific customer rather in batches.
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Re: New Millie

Post by James from Devon » Tue Apr 11, 2017 10:00 pm

markoteal wrote:
Tue Apr 11, 2017 12:12 pm
Hi - thanks for that - I actually have got one from James in Devon who did a great job of building it into a coal truck and it has been INVALUABLE in reigning the maroon monster in - for the time being, it will become her tender!!

I'll get some video up over Easter of the beast in action! With some day 1 footage (with the sound edited out to avoid my swearing as she takes off up the track!) and then some more refined action - well thats the plan!
Glad to hear the the wagon had a run out on the line! can't wait to see the video! I really hope you are enjoying the Millie...you picked the best colour!
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Re: New Millie

Post by artfull dodger » Tue Apr 11, 2017 10:16 pm

They are run on air for a few min whilst the timing is set and checked prior to boiler being installed. They do not get the 12 hour on steam to run in the chassis that the classic series get. Still a wonderful line of models at a very keen price. Mike
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Re: New Millie

Post by f.schulz » Tue Apr 11, 2017 11:17 pm

Hallo Mark,

it was an excellent decision to start with a RH Millie. I did it before 2 years in the same way.

In the meantime she developed with me to my best runner on my 32mm railway. Even good fellows, who create famouse home build engines love her as as best reliable and hard working horse.

This was not so from the beginning, she need a time to run in. I estimate mine has about 8 hours run time with waggons on the line. Pure running in on a bank or rolling road I think is not very effective.

My one is eqiupped with all enhancements and RC housed in the cab roof.

For additional informations and photos about my Millie please have a look at my thread about her in the german "Schiendampforum".

If any questions pleas ask.

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