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by John_S
Tue Oct 17, 2017 7:32 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Steam down in the Atlanta Georgia Area?
Replies: 7
Views: 383

Re: Steam down in the Atlanta Georgia Area?

There's also the Southeastern Railway Museum in Duluth to visit.

The North Georgia Live Steamers is out east in Conyers, but I don't know if they have anything going on that weekend.
by John_S
Sun Oct 08, 2017 6:43 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Allen Steam Brake Cylinder
Replies: 5
Views: 434

Re: Allen Steam Brake Cylinder

I've been running my mogul with steam brakes built as designed without any issues. No need for a drain on the steam side. If I'm putting the loco up for a long while I'll pump the boiler up with compressed air and actuate the brake valve over and over again to get any residual water out of the lines...
by John_S
Thu Oct 05, 2017 5:51 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Allen axle pump modify
Replies: 8
Views: 1395

Re: Allen axle pump modify

Looks great Bill and Fred! While my mogul has the eccentric for the axle pump and I machined the strap for it, I never actually built the pump as I went with two injectors instead due to their reliability. John, Are you interested in selling the strap(s) ive purchased a used Mogul that has everythi...
by John_S
Thu Jul 27, 2017 8:31 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Technology is great
Replies: 12
Views: 1621

Re: Technology is great

Finished one of two stands tonight. It turned out nice. Lightweight, very strong, and rolls around smooth as butter.

stand1e.jpg
Closeup of the fit between the diagonal leg brace and the rail tube before welding.


stand1f.jpg
Closeup of the joint between the leg and the rail tube before welding.


stand1g.jpg
Completed stand in cluttered garage.


Fun project, and I still have one more to go!
by John_S
Mon Jul 17, 2017 8:05 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Technology is great
Replies: 12
Views: 1621

Re: Technology is great

A little work tonight getting started putting the first of two together. Building it upside down on the shop floor.

stand1a.jpg
Rails and spacers clamped, no square required!


stand1b.jpg
Closeup of the tab & slot system for the rail spacers.


stand1c.jpg
Tacked together


stand1d.jpg
Test fitting a leg and brace


Only downside to doing this on the floor is the awkward welding position with the TIG.
by John_S
Mon Jul 17, 2017 11:08 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Boiler Build Thread
Replies: 4
Views: 773

Re: Boiler Build Thread

I documented building a new boiler for another member's loco here: viewtopic.php?f=45&t=100398&hilit=Rebuilding+the+central&start=108
by John_S
Sun Jul 16, 2017 10:02 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Technology is great
Replies: 12
Views: 1621

Re: Technology is great

Jawn wrote:Very nice! Is 1x1 going to be rigid enough for a loco, or is it for rolling stock only?


Rolling stock only, nothing over 150lbs.
by John_S
Fri Jul 14, 2017 8:14 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Technology is great
Replies: 12
Views: 1621

Re: Technology is great

Besides, why would you want to deprive yourself of listening to the screeching noises coming from the band saw as it cuts through thin tubing? :D Whir, whir, whir, whir, sccreeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee, whir, whir, whir, clunk! I do still have to cut up a bunch of 1/4x3 flat bar to make the ba...
by John_S
Fri Jul 14, 2017 7:32 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Technology is great
Replies: 12
Views: 1621

Re: Technology is great

standParts3.jpg Here's a video of the 9' long rail tubes being cut. It's hard to get good video because of the UV shield around the head of the laser. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kACHR1_3kXg kACHR1_3kXg Over the next couple weekends I'll get these welded up. I'll post more as I go along.
by John_S
Fri Jul 14, 2017 7:29 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Technology is great
Replies: 12
Views: 1621

Technology is great

A while back I brought all my rolling stock home to work on and they've been sitting on the floor in the garage. Pain in the butt! I decided I needed a couple roll-around stands for them so I sat down and designed a stand in CAD. I work for Ryerson and we have three tube lasers at our facility so I ...
by John_S
Wed Jun 21, 2017 7:06 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Building a Power Model Water Pump
Replies: 100
Views: 13581

Re: Building a Power Model Water Pump

Here's the injector I have.

englishInjector.jpg
by John_S
Tue Jun 20, 2017 5:41 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Building a Power Model Water Pump
Replies: 100
Views: 13581

Re: Building a Power Model Water Pump

My injector is English style, but I cannot confirm its origins. It was in a box of random bits and pieces that my father picked up at an estate sale of a gentleman in TN that passed away in the mid 1980s. It works on and off, up to 80psi, but catches a lot of trash in the cones and quits working. Th...

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