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Santa Clara, CA
reply to disconnected

Re: Wood-Fired Steam Engine to Drive Generator?

said by disconnected :

I find it hard to buy the concept that they are that inefficient. I rode Flagg Coal #75 from Thomaston all the way down to the middle of the state and they did it on one load of coal. That was moving many tons of train cars. I cannot imagine that generating 20HP would burn a cord of wood a day.

Very inefficient compared to turbines.
A full size mainline engine could produce about 1500kW with a 300 psi boiler and a superheater, burning high grade coal.