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by John_S
Mon Apr 17, 2017 11:17 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Allen Models making changes.
Replies: 25
Views: 1445

Re: Allen Models making changes.

I would offer the rods in steel for a couple reasons: 1. Strength 2. More appropriate look/finish 3. You can have them cut in bulk either via laser or waterjet for a reasonable price and the customer is buying a part that requires less machining and finishing than castings. I, too, am one who threw ...
by John_S
Sat Apr 08, 2017 5:28 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Question: parts for a steamer
Replies: 39
Views: 2186

Re: Question: parts for a steamer

Harold, I agree with you. The inability to run coalburners, together with the distance (for me) makes it very unlikely that I would attend or (especially) bring equipment. There's just so many great tracks that are closer that I've not been to, and which I would rather visit. I'm not saying I disag...
by John_S
Thu Mar 02, 2017 7:09 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Another stolen trailer and equipment
Replies: 0
Views: 532

Another stolen trailer and equipment

This one happened outside of Birmingham, AL. Details (copied pasted from an email that's being sent around): Ron Newlon and his wife Marti Newlon their phone number is (256)325-xxxx is the owner he lives in #HUNTSVILLE #ALABAMA #zip code 35757 he had trailer problems and it was left on the side of t...
by John_S
Tue Feb 28, 2017 8:57 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Reaming vs. Drilling Holes In Tube Sheets
Replies: 20
Views: 1320

Re: Reaming vs. Drilling Holes In Tube Sheets

The two boilers I've built both were drilled undersize prior to welding. After welding they were reamed out to size to fit K copper flues. I did not chamfer the hole, but rather used a sandpaper disc to deburr the inside and outside faces of the tube sheets before rolling the tubes in. End result wa...
by John_S
Fri Feb 24, 2017 8:05 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Access to Tender Tank Inside
Replies: 14
Views: 751

Re: Access to Tender Tank Inside

I made the top of my tank removable. As built I had used phillips head screws. When I finally had to take the top off I had a lovely experience cleaning out those screws to get the screwdriver to sit down in them. I have replaced them with slotted screws that are easily cleaned out. The top of the t...
by John_S
Wed Feb 22, 2017 9:01 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Just picked this mogul project up off of DLS
Replies: 43
Views: 2929

Re: Just picked this mogul project up off of DLS

If you can get the 516-70 for 10% over A36, do it! As for plasma cutting, have the parts cut oversize by .060 (if the shop is quoting +/- .030 tolerance). Easy work with a grinder to take the edges down and get rid of the heat affected zone. The HAZ won't affect your welded edges as much as it will ...
by John_S
Sat Feb 18, 2017 3:11 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Another New Guy wants a 10-wheeler
Replies: 45
Views: 2459

Re: Another New Guy wants a 10-wheeler

My mogul pulls very well, despite not taking the other half of that lead sheet from Don Fite -- yes, he still has it in his shop!

https://youtu.be/CYqWtttcJo0

by John_S
Wed Feb 15, 2017 9:41 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Just picked this mogul project up off of DLS
Replies: 43
Views: 2929

Re: Just picked this mogul project up off of DLS

I'll chime in a bit on the alloy selection. While 516-70 is the best choice for these little boilers, you are absolutely OK with using plain old HR A36. The deciding factor is typically availability and price. When I built my mogul boiler I was able to get 516-70 in 1/4 and 1/2 for the firebox and f...
by John_S
Wed Feb 15, 2017 9:21 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Another New Guy wants a 10-wheeler
Replies: 45
Views: 2459

Re: Another New Guy wants a 10-wheeler

While it's entirely up to you on what style you want to build, I will follow up to the Nth degree with the Allen designs. They are solid workhorses and I guarantee any meet you go to you will see at least one running. There's probably dozens of us here (myself included) that have built them that are...
by John_S
Mon Feb 13, 2017 7:57 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Grates
Replies: 18
Views: 859

Re: Grates

My mogul grates are made from 304 stainless bar stock, drilled 9/32, with stainless 1/4" rod through each bar. I drilled out a bunch of 1/4-20 stainless nuts that slip loosely over the rods and make up the spacers between the bars. The ends of the bars were heated and mushroomed out with a ball...
by John_S
Mon Feb 13, 2017 7:53 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Water glass puzzle
Replies: 7
Views: 546

Re: Water glass puzzle

Bit of trash inside the glass that would rest on the lower orifice preventing the little bit of water to drain out, but otherwise float around during operation?
by John_S
Sun Jan 15, 2017 7:53 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Joining rail on track
Replies: 10
Views: 836

Re: Joining rail on track

We use the slip on joiners. They do kink a little easier than fish plates but not enough to worry about for us. We put the joiner over a tie and put two spikes on the outside of the curve. If it continues, we put a strip of 18ga sheet metal on top of the tie and screw both tails down through it, th...

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