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by Miserlou57
Wed May 08, 2019 7:30 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Side rod bushing clearance
Replies: 28
Views: 4510

Re: Side rod bushing clearance

Should fits and clearances be directly scaled down? This has actually been a big question of mine for awhile, so I’ll take the moment to slightly hijack the thread and ask in a more general sense. I have competing thoughts in my head but not a clear answer. For example, if you had a press fit on a f...
by Miserlou57
Sun Feb 10, 2019 5:42 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Power Reverser questions
Replies: 20
Views: 3843

Re: Power Reverser questions

Power reverse almost always was exclusively air. Maybe they were piped for steam early on, but like steam brakes problems arise with the wet environment.

I suspect it’s possible some had some kind of steam bypass for emergencies, depending on the railroad’s practices, but I kinda doubt it.
by Miserlou57
Sun Dec 23, 2018 11:45 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Unidentified Niagara device
Replies: 18
Views: 3681

Re: Unidentified Niagara device

I don’t have either drawing in front of me but the Niagara had both the whistle and the feedwater heater hot water line up there. You’re probably seeing the hot water line run out of the smokebox up top back to a check on at an angle near the front of the boiler.
by Miserlou57
Wed Jan 03, 2018 4:16 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: New member from Texas thinking about a K36 (or 37)
Replies: 42
Views: 5083

Re: New member from Texas thinking about a K36 (or 37)

The K36 in 2.5” scale is nothing short of a monumental build. One of Tom Miller’s engines is unfathomably large and heavy. It truly weighs in at 4000lbs, and while it occupies just about the size of an RMI engine, it is drastically beefier and larger in most features, except maybe the topmost height...
by Miserlou57
Thu Nov 23, 2017 9:06 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Whatever happened to?
Replies: 5
Views: 1605

Whatever happened to?

I'm trying to find some of the "gone" suppliers from this hobby. I've searched around a little and found just a little bit of info but not much. I'm curious if anybody knows the current status of, or where any of the parts/patterns are for: Hickory Ridge Klamath Loco & Machine Rogers-Cooke Superpowe...
by Miserlou57
Wed Nov 22, 2017 1:21 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: LITTLE ENGINES
Replies: 86
Views: 15307

Re: LITTLE ENGINES

... that copyright will not extend to physical parts, even if you want it to. I'd check with a lawyer about that. Here is Section 1308 of the copyright law: Exclusive rights The owner of a design protected under this chapter has the exclusive right to— (1) make, have made, or import, for sale or fo...
by Miserlou57
Tue Nov 21, 2017 10:30 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: LITTLE ENGINES
Replies: 86
Views: 15307

Re: LITTLE ENGINES

Copying and distributing the drawings are clearly an infringement, and I'm not sure you guys place enough inherent value on the manufacturing information contained in your own official drawings (i.e. tolerances, fits). A CAD model doesn't contain anything of the sort. Someone might think they could ...
by Miserlou57
Tue Nov 21, 2017 1:03 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: LITTLE ENGINES
Replies: 86
Views: 15307

Re: LITTLE ENGINES

I had his permission to sell boilers for the Allen locomotives, and Gene sold some for me. Did all the boilermakers have this? To my knowledge Gene Allen never really sold the boilers himself. Ed Perry sold a lot of them and he was frequently backlogged. I can understand if it’s something he direct...
by Miserlou57
Tue Nov 21, 2017 1:38 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: LITTLE ENGINES
Replies: 86
Views: 15307

Re: LITTLE ENGINES

What does this imply for those who built and sold alternative compatible parts for locomotives when they didn't "own" the design? I can think of a handful of companies who sold such items: Locoparts (Allen lead truck), Solar (modified Allen Ten-Wheelers), and Rogers-Cooke (various Laser/Watercut fra...
by Miserlou57
Thu Aug 24, 2017 4:33 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Locomotive Water Issues
Replies: 17
Views: 4318

Re: Locomotive Water Issues

Gonna repeat it for emphasis, even the tiniest, most insignificant bit of air in the water supply will cause it to fail. I couldn't get over how touchy this was, so I ended up soldering those connections and tightening the hose clamp pretty darn tight.