Cheddar Steam Club

The model club for boats and trains

Cheddar Steam Club (CSC)

2017 Guidance notes for owners of steam plant which is

 more than 3bar litres


1)            It is entirely  the responsibility of the owner to maintain their model in safe working order and subsequently comply with the procedures of the CSC who are following the requirements of the Northern Association of Model Engineers (N.A.M.E.) organisation.

N.A.M.E. have the devolved powers of the Health and Safety Executive (HSE)


2)            It is the CSC's responsibility to give clear guidelines and recommendations to members and also to keep records of the testing procedures carried out by those member who operate steam plant on our site.


3)            The CSC wishes to make it very clear that before buying any new or used steam plant from any source (and in particular the internet)  members should establish whether correct certification is being supplied with it. If not, you may be required to submit the boiler for hydraulic testing.


4)            Every boiler should have a unique and indelible indentifying number on itself. Please make sure that as an owner you keep all your records safe with your model.


5)         Terms:

         The Written Scheme of Examination says what should be tested. (WSoE)

         A hydraulic 2x pressure test is called a (shell) test.

         A hydraulic 1.5x pressure test is called a (repeat) system test.

         An annual steam test is what it says.


In practical terms bottom line:

* There are two forms you need. The WSoE prefixed W (xxxxxx) and the Examination Certificate prefixed C (xxxxxx)

* An initial hydraulic (shell) test at 2x working pressure is done once by the manufacturer.

* A (repeat) hydraulic system test at 1.5x working pressure needs to be done every 4 years (copper boiler) (steel boiler 2 yrs. )

* A simple steam test needs to be done annually.

*If any boiler is sold, or transferred then the club secretary should be notified.


If your boiler is being manufactured by yourself:

a) Have a boiler inspector draw up a WSoE. and carry out a hydraulic (shell) 2x pressure test before adding any fittings.

b) Once complete, have a boiler inspector do a hydraulic (repeat) system test at 1.5x pressure.

c) Note a hydraulic (repeat) 1.5x pressure test needs to be done every four years, for copper boilers, and two years for steel boilers.

d) Subsequently, a simple annual steam test in the presence of a boiler inspector and a witness is all that needs to be done.

e) A "blue" N.A.M.E. card may be given for your own records.


If commercially bought:        new or used:

a) You need the original manufacturer's boiler certificate(s) issued with the model.

b)  Note. If original certification is lost, have a boiler inspector carry out a hydraulic 2x pressure (shell) test if practically possible, or otherwise a hydraulic 1.5x pressure (repeat) test.

c) Note a hydraulic (repeat) 1.5x pressure test needs to be done every four years, for copper boilers, and two years for steel boilers.

d) Subsequently, a simple annual steam test in the presence of a boiler inspector and a witness is all that needs to be done.

e) A "blue" N.A.M.E. card may be given for your own records.

 

Your attention is drawn to the "2012 Green Book" which you should read.   This is the document which the Government Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has agreed that (for boilers with a product of more than 3 bar/litres) the Northern Association of Model Engineers (N.A.M.E.) and Walker Midgley (our insurers) are authorised to administer.

In practice this means that CSC must adhere to this guidance.


The CSC secretary will keep the required records up to date. This will include reporting any hydraulic testing to the N.A.M.E. organisation.


Thank you.

CSC  September  2017