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If it is latex paint, which the characteristics sound like it is, then you can just use really hot water with a little bleach in it. Get it wet a few times and a steel brush (grab an old grill brush) and you are good to go.
This is a nice how to paint strip. If you insist on not using stripper and if mechanical means aren't getting it done, consider using a heat gun or a blow torch. (mentioned in my preferred order of attack.) Tough jobs require all three methods, repeatedly. Insure that any stripper used won't eat iron. The paint on all but the hand rails looks somewhat ...
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