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[railwayguns, armoured trains and Military Railways] 100 Ton steam gun


Robert Duchesneau
 

I’ve looked up these weapons several times over the years, and all I can confirm is that the loading was hydraulic, with steam engines and boilers (possibly just boilers) powering the hydraulics.  This website has a diagram of the muzzle loading system: http://www.malta-info.co.uk/attractions/rinella-battery.htm , and this has a diagram of the overall fort https://www.tripadvisor.co.nz/LocationPhotoDirectLink-g2481449-d1568685-i86745204-Fort_Rinella-Kalkara_Island_of_Malta.html  .  These weapons did not use steam as the propelling force.  Photos of the weapons today do not indicate hydraulic elevation or traverse, although exactly how these were accomplished is not evident either http://www.mydestinationmalta.com/sights/fort-rinella

 

Guns using steam as the propelling charge or as power to throw a projectile have occasionally appeared as experiments.  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Winans_Steam_Gun  The Mythbusters attempted a version of the Winans centrifugal steam gun, as well as a gun using steam as the propelling charge, with less than satisfactory results.

 

-Robert Duchesneau

 


Renaud (Ron) OLGIATI
 

On Thu, 1 Sep 2016 10:49:32 -0700
"'Robert Duchesneau' invar4@... [railwaygun]" <railwaygun@...> wrote:

I’ve looked up these weapons several times over the years, and all I can confirm is that the loading was hydraulic, with steam engines and boilers (possibly just boilers) powering the hydraulics. This website has a diagram of the muzzle loading system: http://www.malta-info.co.uk/attractions/rinella-battery.htm , and this has a diagram of the overall fort https://www.tripadvisor.co.nz/LocationPhotoDirectLink-g2481449-d1568685-i86745204-Fort_Rinella-Kalkara_Island_of_Malta.html . These weapons did not use steam as the propelling force. Photos of the weapons today do not indicate hydraulic elevation or traverse, although exactly how these were accomplished is not evident either http://www.mydestinationmalta.com/sights/fort-rinella .
There was a nice write-up of this in the last but one issue of Windscreen, the magazine of the Military Vehicle Trust.

Cheers,

Ron.
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