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Excerpt from Report on Water for Locomotives and Boiler Incrustations: Made to the President and Directors of the New York Central Railroad The following investigations were undertaken with the object of diminishing, as far as possible, the bad effects of the impure water supplied to locomotives on the section of the New York Central Railroad between Syracuse and Roches ter. The large quantities of sulphate of lime and of the carbonates of lime and magnesia which these waters contain give rise to incrustations, varying from a loose mud to a hard crystalline scale. These deposits form a non-conducting lin ing to the boiler, involving loss of heat and consequent waste of fuel, and at the same time cause an over-heating of the metal, sometimes resulting in destructive explosions. The quantity of incrustation produced varies greatly. As much as thirteen hundred pounds has been taken from a boiler at one time, though this is an extreme case. The most serious injury from these waters is suffered, however, by the lower plates of the boilers, which are rapidly corroded in deep furrows and pits and are sometimes even completely perforated, particularly along joints and about braces. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.