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Here’s a link to comprehensive information on the Medina, Ohio steam engine tragedy. It’s a “should read” for those attending events where steam engines are operating. When you see a steam engine display, just remember it is a potential bomb that could have been “rebuilt” or “repaired” and may be “operated” by a “mechanic” who isn’t competent enough to install a belt on a lawn mower correctly.[A href='http://www.wkyc.com/news/morelocal/medina/010730steamtractors.ssf']http://www.wkyc.com/news/morelocal/medina/010730steamtractors.ssf[/a]

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My brother-in-law inspects boilers for a living. It was his opinion that the water level got too low from the sound of things. It's something that all steam engine operators should keep an eye on. Tom

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i cant understand why that former president of the steam tractor ass. wouldnt want these things regulated i know goverment cant make us all safe but you have to have a black seal to work on comercial boilers

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Don't beleive what the media says.Most steam engines only hold about a quart of oil{lube for cyl} I was not there but do know a little about boilers sounds like it was a bad soft plug and low water level.If you want to see some train explosions look at a book called train wrecks in most cases it was low water that caused the problems.Part operator and part safety equipment problems.So just rember if you did not see what really happened don't trust the media.Bob

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