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Thread #95428   Message #3662328
Posted By: GUEST
21-Sep-14 - 12:30 AM
Thread Name: What is smokestack lightnin'?
Subject: RE: What is smokestack lightnin'?
-"Smokestack lightning" refers to large plume of smoke, ash and spark created from sand being thrown into the engine where combustion occurred in either coal or wood fire steam engines. The practice was used to clean the build up of soot in the stack as hot air pulled the sand through and created a marvelous display for onlookers.