MINAZ 1816

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These photographs of Minaz 1816 were taken by Shaun McMahon in 1999 at 'Ecovapor' in Havana, Cuba. My thanks to Shaun for allowing me to use them here.

MINAZ 1816 was given a fairly simple but very effective modernisation my Porta.

en español: Tracción a vapor moderna y sostenible – el escenario cubano

MINAZ 1816 on display for Ecovapor, Havana. 1999. © Shaun McMahon

MINAZ 1816 on display for Ecovapor, Havana. 1999. © Shaun McMahon

A view of the cabside which gives some idea of this machine's height. 1999. © Shaun McMahon
A view of the cabside which gives some idea of this machine's height. 1999. © Shaun McMahon

To clear the enlarged superheater header the exhaust arrangement is at an angle. Also note the closed type feedwater heater mounted on the front of the enlarged smokebox. 1999. © Shaun McMahon
To clear the enlarged superheater header the exhaust arrangement is at an angle. Also note the closed type feedwater heater mounted on the front of the enlarged smokebox. 1999. © Shaun McMahon

Front end detail of 1816. 1999. © Shaun McMahon
Front end detail of 1816. 1999. © Shaun McMahon

On each side of the loco converted Chinese built truck engines are set up as mechanical air brake pressure maintainers. Each is driven from an extension to the expansion link. 1999. © Shaun McMahon
On each side of the loco converted Chinese built truck engines are set up as mechanical air brake pressure maintainers. Each is driven from an extension to the expansion link. 1999. © Shaun McMahon

This view more clearly shows the drive to the air maintainer. 1999. © Shaun McMahon

This view more clearly shows the drive to the air maintainer. 1999. © Shaun McMahon

David Wardale (left) listens to Ing. Porta explaining some of the loco's features. Note the substantial cylinders are well insulated, the size of the piston tail rod gland and that exhaust steam for the feedwater heater is taken directly from the valve end. 1999. Shaun McMahon

David Wardale (left) listens to Ing. Porta explaining some of the loco's features. Note the substantial cylinders are well insulated, the size of the piston tail rod gland and that exhaust steam for the feedwater heater is taken directly from the valve end. 1999. Shaun McMahon

The tender is configured for multiple fuels. As displayed at Ecovapor 1816 was burning gas oil (diesel). 1999. © Shaun McMahon

The tender is configured for multiple fuels. As displayed at Ecovapor 1816 was burning gas oil (diesel). 1999. © Shaun McMahon

Fireman's side controls with the oil feed valve prominent. 1999. © Shaun McMahon.
Fireman's side controls with the oil feed valve prominent. 1999. © Shaun McMahon

A wider view showing the vertical sliding firehole door and built in floor level ventilation! 1999. © Shaun McMahon

A wider view showing the vertical sliding firehole door and built in floor level ventilation! 1999. © Shaun McMahon

The driver's side - also in red! No nice screw reverser either.... 1999. © Shaun McMahon
The driver's side - also in red! No nice screw reverser either.... 1999. © Shaun McMahon

At Ecovapor 1816 appeared with an additional water carrier. Note from the rear the height of the tender. it was built up as high as the loading gauge would permit. 1999. © Shaun McMahon

At Ecovapor 1816 appeared with an additional water carrier. Note from the rear the height of the tender. it was built up as high as the loading gauge would permit. 1999. © Shaun McMahon

1816 on a roundhouse turntable. © Josť Olmo
1816 on a roundhouse turntable. © José Olmo

A good head-on view of 1816 clearly showing the size of the feedwater heater. © Josť Olmo
A good head-on view of 1816 clearly showing the size of the feedwater heater. © José Olmo

And an action shot....

Now in black MINAZ 1816 during the 2000 season Zafra. Note the tender has been cut down slightly to assist with tender first operations. © Josť Olmo

Now in black MINAZ 1816 during the 2000 season Zafra. Note the tender has been cut down slightly to assist with tender first operations. © José Olmo

Much more to follow as time and information permits!

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