I took the engine to the club on Sunday and did around ten loops with the Rosebud Grate in place.
I made a mess of lighting the fire initially by trying to go to coal too quickly and as a result had to put the external electric blower back on. Once the fire was glowing well I migrated onto the track.
The engine pulled well but was lightly loaded with only me on my small driving trolley. The fire appeared evenly spread over the grate and there was definitely a more noisy ‘drawing’ sound. Other members who had fitted Rosebud’s to their engines commented that they find that they have to leave the steam blower on more than they had been used to when the engine is idle.
So a bit inconclusive so far and more testing needed.
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