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ppreciated by engineers is the abil-ity to drain and renew with water of condensationthe sight feed glasses without emptying the oil res-ervoir, which is accomplished by closing the feedvalves O and opening the sight feed drain valvesF. The Michigan Lubricator Company, 6G1 to671 Beaubien St.. Detroit. Mich., controls this inter-esting device. BRAKING PRACTICE WITH DOUBLEHEADERS At the February meeting of the Western RailwayClub, the question of when double headers areuse on passenger or freight trains, is it good prac-tice to cut out the brakes in the forward engine?was discussed. A brief abstract of this discussionis appended: Mr. Manchester: (C, M. & St. P. Ry.) I shouldcertainly say that it would be bad practice to do thebraking from any other point than from the head en-gine. Double-headers, at least with us, are used dur-ing stormy weather, and I doubt very much if the manon the hind engine can see anything during a run offifty miles at a time. The only part that the rear en-
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April, 1898. RAILWAY MASTER MECHANIC. 55 forges ahead several feet, the slack of the non-airbrake cars, violently closing up, forces the second en-gine ahead suddenly, the brakes on the head enginein the meantime slowing up the engine, resulting in amore or less serious collision. The object of cuttingout the air brakes on the head engine is to permit thatengine to keep out of the way, and I think the prac-tice has been (I know it was on some roads with whichI was familiar some years ago) to cut out the brakeson the head engine for that purpose. It seems to methat the law, if it could be shown after an accidenthad occurred that one of these engines was runningover the road with the brakes cut out, would establisha bad case for the railroad company. It is no doubttrue that one of the principal troubles that exists is thefact that there is not a sufficiently secure connectionbetween the two engines. The old-fashioned style ofpencil drawbar is a very easy thing to break, and allthe accid
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