NS 5294 sparking?

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NS 5294 sparking?

Post by Snowmojoe » Sat Jan 18, 2014 12:27 pm

I was walking the dogs down Bank St. in Wyckoff the other night (because it parallels the tracks) and I caught NS 5294 going by with a short string of covered hoppers. The only reason this is notable is that sparks or embers were coming out of the exhaust stack as it went by. Is that common? I have never seen it before - not even from 5294, which probably goes by my house just about every day. It wasn't like fireworks or anything, but a couple/few at a time, consistently, as it went by. That seems like it's maybe not a good thing.
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Re: NS 5294 sparking?

Post by charlie6017 » Sat Jan 18, 2014 1:39 pm

I would guess that it's carbon burning off..........nothing unusual if that's the case.

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Re: NS 5294 sparking?

Post by brianc02 » Tue Jan 21, 2014 6:19 pm

Excessive idling followed by heavy loads can result in sparks. More typical in a roots blown engine than in a turbo charged engine.

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