"There are a few hundred lubrication points on this mech, and it takes a long time to boil 5000 gallons of water. As the water warms, I do what jocks from the beginning of Nedderpick have always done, I begin the ritual of 'oiling around'. Starting under the steam cannon, I oil the trailing truck journals, springs and support bearings. Moving forward, there are the spring lube pads on the drivers, the air compressor piston rods, the crosshead guides, valve gear and piston rod packing. At the front, the leading truck bearings, support bearings and slides all get treatment. I work my way up along the left side of the boiler to the bell mounting, and the air compressor top ends, where I unscrew the caps and pour about a pint of oil into each reservoir."
(I modified that a bit)
Here is a GREAT description of starting up a steam locomotive, a few changes and it would easily apply to a mech.http://www.sdrm.org/faqs/hostling.html
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