On departing, open the cylinder drain pipes as mentioned in Chapter 02.08.
Open the regulator up to 70-75%.
Set the reverser at 70% according the direction you need to go and
release your brakes by pressing [ ; ]. Decrease the blower rate using [ Shift ] – [ N ].
Do not inject water on departure !
You need your steam (chest) pressure right now in order to accelerate and gain speed.
Engine equipped with a super heater uses a pyrometer to read-out the steam temperature in the cylinder. The temperature can last up to 400 degrees Celsius. The pyrometer is the black meter with the half-moon white read-out scale just slightly to the right under the rooftop inside the German 18 201
Do not forget to release the hand brake as well when applied !
Press [ / ] to release the hand brake if applied.
Decrease the reverser rate in balance of picking up speed and check you main pressure gauge. Increase the blower.
Try to avoid the use of the HUD display and get familiar with the read-outs of the gauges. Practice this as much as possible!
When driving at about 10 Mph / 15 Kmh.
Close the cylinder drain pipes by pressing [ C ].
Reduce the regulator until about 60%, this is the most efficient position for a regular engine.
When running a tender engine, 30-35% will do fine.
Decrease the reverser accordingly:
Although you have to “feel” then you know when to reduce the reverser.
Check out the speedometer. When the meter stuck at a certain speed.
Reduce the reverser and the engine picks up speed again.
Here you discover the working expansion of steam in the cylinders.