Open the cylinder cocks; then open the throttle slightly, so as
to admit a small amount of steam to the steam-chest. Roll the
eccentric forward in the direction the engine runs, until steam
escapes from the cylinder cock at the end where the valve should
begin to open. Now screw the eccentric fast to the shaft. Roll the
crank to the next center and ascertain if steam escapes at the same
point, at the opposite end of the cylinder. The valve gear can be
run until an opportunity occurs to remove cover from steam-chest
and examine the valve.
The next time we get together, we will talk about pulling the
packing, replacing it and rebabbitt bearings.
Have a good time at the shows and pray that the ancient, Hindu
rain god, Indra, stays cool, calm, and dry.