More Ph.D. Steam Publications

We are, of course, being facetious about Ph.D. work in steam. However, we are not joking about more advanced steam material.

Peter Bouley, who authored the books we offer here, has been building boilers for 35 years. He is the man who condemned the boiler, 2 years before, in the Case steam tractor that blew up in Medina, Ohio on July 29, 2001, killing six people and injuring scores more. Peter called the people at the fairgrounds before the incident and warned them not to allow that tractor within a hundred miles. They didn't listen and told him to mind his own (expletive deleted) business.

Peter conducts seminars on boiler building. Those seminars run $12,000. You can acquire a lot of his knowledge for a much lower price.

Warning: If you are merely an armchair engineer or literature collector, you will probably think his books are overpriced. On the other hand, if you are an individual accustomed to getting dirt and grease under your fingernails and "getting the job done," you will recognize Peter's books for their true value: worth their weight in gold.

Maintenance Manual (for firetube boilers)  $15.00

Contents: introduction, before operating, firing your boiler,

during operating, after operation, clean boiler before storage,

water treatment, glossary, useful data, useful mathematics and geometric facts,

 determining boiler horsepower, conclusion

How to Build A Vertical Firetube Boiler  $30.00

Contents: vertical firetube boiler, parts, fittings, material needed,

calculations, preparation, heat treatment, installing new tubes,

boiling out new boiler, smoke stack, ash pit and grates,

using your new boiler, conclusion.

Plans are for a boiler that can have new firetubes put in every 20 years or so.

The boiler itself should last 100 years, not the 8-10 years that so many of today's cheaper boilers are designed to last.

How to Build A Locomotive/Traction Boiler $30.00

This book contains the plans and instructions for building a horizontal firetube boiler.

Contents: boiler differences, pressures, staybolts, tubes, pitch,

materials, thickness, glossary, calculations, blue prints, illustrations,

preparation, installing new boiler tubes, ash pit, grates, fuel.

Boiler Operators Training Course (166 pages) $100.00

To prepare the student to take a state license examination.  This is not a book for the faint of heart, nor will you master the subject over a weekend.

This course assumes a person knows nothing about operating a boiler or any related equipment. It covers a detailed glossary of terminology, explains construction of various types of firetube and watertube boilers, pumps, valves, burners, etc.. This course has been given to over 1,000 people who are licensed now and working in various capacities in power plants or back yard railroads. There is a section on hand firing using wood and/or coal. There is also a section on recommended starting and operating procedures for steam traction and railroad equipment. This is a well rounded course and worth the cost.

The Forward to this Course bears repeating:


This course continues to be improved as the years go by and the industry goes through various changes and improvements. I [Peter E. Bouley] hold a State of Rhode Island Stationary Engineers License for unlimited boiler/engine horsepower and a Chief Engineers License with the National Institute for Licensing of Power Engineers. I have qualified, by passing examinations, to train, examine and certify other persons to operate any size or type of power generating equipment and auxiliaries. I have held my license since the 1960's and started, the first ever, State approved training program in 1970 in Rhode Island. I have held my N.I.U.L.P.E. Chief License since 1980 including certification to teach, examine and certify others.

This course was developed initially in the late 1960's to help others that need to become licensed operators. The fundamentals are based upon examination questions from several states as well as the N.I.U.L.P.E. exams. I have hundreds of books on steam equipment design and operations and have taken information out of a few for this book. I realized several years ago, that the present group of potential boiler operators and engineers are growing up in an age that no longer relies on manually operated boilers and steam engines. Hence, some of these arts have not been passed down and I find that the present students are not familiar with some of the very basic fundamentals of steam generation and power. Everything now (2005) is computer controlled and in some instances, the control may not be in the same building . . . . . or even the same State! I personally feel that without a competent operator at the controls, we are heading for potential serious problems,

This course has been designed to bring the student to the "HOW TO OPERATE THE EQUIPMENT PROPERLY AND TROUBLE SHOOT" scenario. Everyone who completes this course, whether it is for personal use or to work in a hospital or factory power plant or a large sprawling utility will have a clear understanding of all power equipment using steam to do work. In order to be successful, each student is required to do the homework requested in each chapter and to constantly review previous information as the course proceeds. Each chapter is a building block to your future knowledge and you must not continue until you have fully comprehended the previous material. You will be required to make some basic drawings, so that you can show your instructor that you truly understand the various concepts. Keep in mind that you may be required to make drawings/sketches for some licenses that you may seek in your future.

Enjoy and learn!

Peter E. Bouley, Chief Engineer

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This page was updated on 5 November 2011