The following are a few simple rules or safety courtesies to
make our Steam Engine Shows better, safer and more enjoyable.
1. DO NOT START an engine when there is a crowd on the
opposite side from the wind as they will get sprayed with sooty
a. Open all drain cocks and thoroughly bleed the water
from the cylinder, steam chest and exhaust pipe.
b. Carefully start, and run the engine very slowly, with
the cocks open, until all of the water is removed. Then open the
throttle very carefully, to slowly bring the engine up to full
speed. Your thoughtfulness may prevent someone from breaking the
2. OUTLAW A TUG-OF-WAR with two engines. Also outlaw a
tug-of-war with an engine and the people. They are very
a. Someone may be badly injured or even killed by a flying
broken chain link, or by the coiling of a broken wire rope.
b. Someone may be injured by a rope breaking, causing the
people to fall into a pile.
c. Someone may be badly scalded by a 50-year-old
badly-rusted stud bolt giving away.
3. PROHIBIT THE USE of a pony brake and a baker type fan
with a tachometer for a competitive test.
a. The pony brake and baker type fan are wonderful show
exhibits when used only for that purpose. However, some people are
very poor losers and may resort to dangerous tactics to win. For
that reason they should not be used for competitive tests.
b. All engines that are to be operated at maximum horse
power on either the pony brake or the baker type fan should have
their steam gauge and safety valve tested and sealed at the
pressure allowed by the State Boiler Inspector.
4. CAUTION – any person operating an engine – at any STEAM
ENGINE SHOW – at a pressure higher than the pressure allowed by the
State Boiler Inspector, should be barred from operating or showing
an engine at any of the Steam Engine Shows.
5. ALL PERSONS having shows, in the states where a boiler
inspection is not required, should provide themselves with a
pressure pump, to personally give all boilers a cold water
6. REMEMBER always, that an accident may have been