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by John_S
Mon Jul 17, 2017 8:05 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Technology is great
Replies: 10
Views: 909

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: 514

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: 10
Views: 909

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: 10
Views: 909

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: 10
Views: 909

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: 10
Views: 909

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: 12220

Re: Building a Power Model Water Pump

Here's the injector I have.

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by John_S
Tue Jun 20, 2017 5:41 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Building a Power Model Water Pump
Replies: 100
Views: 12220

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...
by John_S
Wed Jun 14, 2017 8:56 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Building a Power Model Water Pump
Replies: 100
Views: 12220

Re: Building a Power Model Water Pump

This darn thing is still sitting on the workbench unfinished. I really, really need to get back on it and get it on the mogul. The English injector I have on the fireman's side right now is pretty much useless and I need to get the pump done. Married life, career change, and various other things hav...
by John_S
Wed Jun 14, 2017 8:53 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Delrin and Journals
Replies: 21
Views: 1294

Re: Delrin and Journals

What? Delrin... Plastic?!! I thought we were building a steam engine here.......... Cast iron, bronze bearings, STEEL!!! So, I suppose you're also opposed to 3D printing a boiler? :lol: Please don't give anyone that idea... I cant even imagine... "Surely this sintered material will work, right...
by John_S
Wed May 31, 2017 7:16 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Standards and common practices
Replies: 10
Views: 1409

Re: Standards and common practices

Myself and quite a few others in the CSPPRY use Tom Bee brakes on our rolling stock. His system uses 1/4" poly tube between cars with Schrader valves on the end sills. These are positive pressure brakes. Application pressure really depends on the weight of the car and trucks; I have three piece...
by John_S
Mon May 22, 2017 5:47 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Attaching the smokebox
Replies: 12
Views: 1034

Re: Attaching the smokebox

The Central of Georgia tenwheeler that I rebuilt for Mike A was secured with three stainless screws around the periphery of the smokebox into tapped holes in the boiler shell. This is how it was originally built so I kept it the same. I gave those three screws a good coating of anti-seize before the...

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