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by kcameron
Thu Aug 22, 2019 8:59 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Question about coal
Replies: 12
Views: 2828

Re: Question about coal

Good blacksmithing coal should clump up while burning. Some of the work, we make caves in the fire for some operations on the iron. So in an engine, you need to beat the fire regularly to break it up. If you don't it won't let the air into the fire right. And you end up with a choked off fire. That ...
by kcameron
Fri Aug 02, 2019 7:37 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: New bridge open at FLLS
Replies: 5
Views: 1596

Re: New bridge open at FLLS

During the construction of the bridge approaches, I thought it would be a great photo shoot for Woodland Scenics. It looked just like their products but just much larger.
by kcameron
Wed Feb 20, 2019 9:39 am
Forum: Riding Scale Railroading
Topic: Train detector, welded rails - ideas???
Replies: 14
Views: 4380

Re: Train detector, welded rails - ideas???

My understanding of wheel detector setups are the sensor is really a pair of them. This lets it compute which direction each wheel is passing. That gives you a shot at keeping the count right when a train enters, but then backs out of the block. The sensors are close enough so it starts to detect at...
by kcameron
Wed Dec 12, 2018 12:28 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Intermediate Injector testing (Video)
Replies: 4
Views: 1647

Re: Intermediate Injector testing (Video)

A friend at FLLS put a new outflow pipe on his injector for his 0-6-0. The issue was he couldn't use it while running since the outflow was well under the cab. The new pipe puts it out enough to the side so you can tell what it's doing while you are running. Makes it much nicer than the little stub ...
by kcameron
Tue Sep 11, 2018 8:52 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Re-facing Slide Valve & Ports
Replies: 53
Views: 7372

Re: Re-facing Slide Valve & Ports

Going over the issue of which types of material, I want to hear about a general guide on metal wear. My background says that when two surfaces contact, you want one of them to be the 'sacrificial' metal. Usually of the two parts, one is going to be easier to replace that the other. In David's case, ...
by kcameron
Fri May 18, 2018 12:33 pm
Forum: Riding Scale Railroading
Topic: Ballast tipple design request
Replies: 12
Views: 6211

Re: Ballast tipple design request

A lot of the design for a tipple will depend on the land around your track, if you have bucket loader, a conveyor, or what. For example one layout south of Indianapolis has one built into the roof of a tunnel. The dump truck drops on top and a chute is on the side of the inside of the tunnel. Bill H...
by kcameron
Wed Dec 13, 2017 8:18 am
Forum: Riding Scale Railroading
Topic: Capture/Release type circuit?
Replies: 6
Views: 2297

Re: Capture/Release type circuit?

The circuit I've been using is from Michigan. It uses three wires between endpoints for the two lamp version, and four wires if you want three lamps. It uses an AC 24V feed and then a small rectifier and cap to feed the DC relay. The claim button energizes the relay which also interrupts the circuit...
by kcameron
Sat Oct 21, 2017 8:12 am
Forum: Riding Scale Railroading
Topic: Switch Point Detection continued
Replies: 47
Views: 9136

Re: Switch point position detection

On how to mount or protect the sensors: My thought is mounting the parts below the rails and between the ties. Any derailment will fall onto the rail heads and ties and not put much force further downward. I'm thinking that a form of whisker or finger is the better way to feel the movement of the po...
by kcameron
Mon Aug 28, 2017 11:47 am
Forum: Live Steam Marketplace
Topic: 1 inch scale steam engine
Replies: 10
Views: 2612

Re: 1 inch scale steam engine

1" steam engines don't come on the market too often. It seems that very few have been made lately since Little Engines (1" that is) went into storage. Even Friends pulled the few designs they had been offering for sale. From the best I can put together, there are three areas of the US that have much...
by kcameron
Fri Jul 21, 2017 6:49 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Please Help Identify This Loco
Replies: 19
Views: 3551

Re: Please Help Identify This Loco

Since you say it will run on air, there is a chance. Absence of suspension makes me wonder about how it would do on real track. So for that question you'd have to say where you are and if there are any 3.5" tracks in your area. If there isn't a track around, I'd question the value of the work it mig...
by kcameron
Wed Jun 21, 2017 9:02 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: International Small Scales Meet - Montreal 2017
Replies: 21
Views: 5068

Re: International Small Scales Meet - Montreal 2017

I'm kind of surprised there hasn't been any other talk about this for the last month. While the webpage is up, it has limited data and a gap or two (bad link or template page), so kind of odd for a big event about to happen.
by kcameron
Sat Jun 10, 2017 6:47 pm
Forum: Riding Scale Railroading
Topic: need advice on backyard track
Replies: 3
Views: 2108

Re: need advice on backyard track

Matt S, A whole bunch of your questions could be best answered by visiting a club running 4.75" track. FLLS is one in CNY that could show you lots of ideas. Tonawanda is another with some 4.75" track. I'm not sure if the East Aurora group has 4.75", but I thought they had some. But one of your quest...