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    How does the Mark Twain get it's power?

    I know the Mark Twain is powered by a boiler but does it get it's power to move by the giant paddle wheel alone, or is there propellers that move it along? The inner workings of the Mark Twain have always interested me.

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    Re: How does the Mark Twain get it's power?

    Genuine steam power moves the paddle, the paddle in turn moves the boat. Thats it. Just like a real riverboat.

    However, there is a diesel engine to generate power for the lights/spiel/etc.

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    Re: How does the Mark Twain get it's power?

    what boils the water? coal or some eco alternative?
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    Re: How does the Mark Twain get it's power?

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    Re: How does the Mark Twain get it's power?

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    Re: How does the Mark Twain get it's power?

    What about the solar panels and wind turbines on the roof?

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    Re: How does the Mark Twain get it's power?

    The Columbia on the other hand is powered by a pair of screws (propellers) which can be seen from the upper decks of the Mark Twain as she lies in dry dock undergoing repairs...
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    Re: How does the Mark Twain get it's power?

    wow cool. i didn't know this
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sgt. Pepper View Post
    I know the Mark Twain is powered by a boiler but does it get it's power to move by the giant paddle wheel alone, or is there propellers that move it along? The inner workings of the Mark Twain have always interested me.
    as of ten years ago the mark twain was one of two real steam paddle wheels on the west coast. The other is now the Alaskan Queen in Ketchikan. The Alaska Queen use to be based in Sacramento Ca. under the name of the Elizebeth Louise. I use to be a deck hand on the this boat, she was built by a friend of mine and his father.
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    Re: How does the Mark Twain get it's power?

    Like I tell people when they ask if something at Disneyland's real or simulated.. Was it made before the 1980s? Then it's real. No? Then it's fake.

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    Re: How does the Mark Twain get it's power?

    Does anyone have a picture of the Mark Twain in dry dock? I thought I remember seeing that it had propellers under the water line.

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    Re: How does the Mark Twain get it's power?

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    Re: How does the Mark Twain get it's power?

    Quote Originally Posted by Nautilus View Post
    Genuine steam power moves the paddle, the paddle in turn moves the boat. Thats it. Just like a real riverboat.

    However, there is a diesel engine to generate power for the lights/spiel/etc.

    Why the hell they even need a diesel? The same steam from the boiler that propells the boat thru the water can easily be made to spn a turbine or some other prime mover to turn a generator. Easy Cheesy. We do it in the Navy all the time and have been doing it for over a hundred years.


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    Quote Originally Posted by techskip View Post
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    There are no Hamsters at Disneyland.

    Gotta be Chipmunks. I've even seen them walking around when the boat is idle.

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    Re: How does the Mark Twain get it's power?

    Quote Originally Posted by Sgt. Pepper View Post
    Does anyone have a picture of the Mark Twain in dry dock? I thought I remember seeing that it had propellers under the water line.
    Yeah, there is one prop on the back left I think. It was added for Fantasmic if I remember correctly, as the paddle wheel doesn't give the boat quite enough speed to make the cross at the end of the show. And the speed control has Slow, Fast and Fantasmic on it from what I've heard as well. Makes sense as the big wheel is really churning when it comes by.

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