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2012 WDM Steam Traction Engine Operation Course August 31st –September 9th 2012


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Default 2012 WDM Steam Traction Engine Operation Course August 31st –September 9th 2012

Hello fellow old iron enthusiasts!

The Western Development Museum is accepting applications for our annual Steam Traction Engine Operation course. The course runs between August 31st –September 9th 2012 and is based at the WDM Curatorial center in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.

The WDM has been running the training course since the 1959 and it is endorsed by the provincial boiler branch, the Technical Safety Authority of Saskatchewan (TSASK).

The course teaches, in a combination lecture and practical format, traction engine history and development, basic maintenance and safe operation of steam traction engines and familiarizes you with antique steam-powered machinery.

The course prepares the student to challenge the TSASK Limited Power Engineer (Traction) license exam. The course does not cover any industrial power engineering material and will not enable you to challenge any power engineering exam other than the TSASK Limited Power Engineer (Traction) license exam.

For more information on the TSASK Limited Power Engineer (Traction) License please go to:

http://www.tsask.ca/uploads/File/PDF...onSyllabus.pdf

Students will have the opportunity to get hands-on experience running and firing the following steam engines over the length of the course:

110 HP Case
25-85 HP Nichols & Shepard
20-60 HP Case
12-36 HP Case
40-120 HP Geiser
25-75 HP Gaar-Scott
Phoenix Centiped log hauler

Costs:
$450.00 (CDN) / Non-WDM Member,
$435.00 (CDN) / WDM Member

Additional Steam Locomotive Training
For those interested in operating the Vulcan steam locomotive at the Moose Jaw WDM, the course will be followed by an additional two or three day (determined by the number of students) Vulcan Steam Locomotive Operator’s course.

For more information on the Western Development Museum’s Steam Traction Engine Operation course, please go to:

http://wdm.ca/TrainingCourses/steam.htm

We look forward to hearing from you!

Thom Cholowski P.E.
Conservation Manager/
Steam Program Chief Engineer
Western Development Museum
2935 Melville Street
Saskatoon, SK
S7J 5A6
Phone (306) 934-1400
Fax (306) 934-4467
Email tcholowski@wdm.ca
Website www.wdm.ca
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Default Re: 2012 WDM Steam Traction Engine Operation Course

This looks like a very interesting opportunity. Is it open to Canadian citizens only or could those of us "South of the border" attend?

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Hello Beth

Thanks for the question. The course is open to everyone who is interested, regardless of where they are from. If you can make it to Saskatoon, then you can take it!

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Default Re: 2012 WDM Steam Traction Engine Operation Course August 31st –September 9th 2012

Thom,

It looks interesting....what are the lodging options for out of town folks?

How is the curriculum tailored for/at beginners, intermediate & experienced folks?

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This link provides some answers: http://wdm.ca/TrainingCourses/WDM_St...ation_2012.pdf
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Default Re: 2012 WDM Steam Traction Engine Operation Course August 31st –September 9th 2012

Hello Beth

Thanks for posting that link to the course Q&A page. The course is generally aimed at folks who have limited or no knowledge of working with antique steam but are willing to learn. Not to say we don't have people who also have experience attend...the course is what you make of it. The main objective of the course is to teach people how to safely operate antique steam powered machinery. Our goal is to prevent another Medina incident from occurring by providing the best training that we can offer.

The course covers:
-Safe operating practise
-Basic maintenance procedures
-Firing techniques with different fuels
-Emergency situation preparedness
-Boiler water treatment
-Boiler and engine construction (using a cutaway boiler and 75 HP Case engine)
-Introduction to boiler rules and regulations
-Handling different machines (single simple, double simple, large high HP machines, small HP machines ect,ect)
-Belting up
-Inclined driving
-Traction engine history and development using the WDM's collection
-Public interaction practises

And many,many more topics.

As for lodging for out of town guests, there are numerous options available. We would be more than willing to help our out of town guests with finding a place to stay. Just give us a call at (306)934-1400 or visit our website at www.wdm.ca and drop us a line.

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Sounds Interesting but very expensive Rollags course is just 50$ did they Bring a 110 down from North BattleFord? or is the course offered there too?
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