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by kcameron
Tue Sep 11, 2018 8:52 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Re-facing Slide Valve & Ports
Replies: 53
Views: 3739

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: 3301

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: 1309

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: 4493

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: 2029

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: 2711

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: 3827

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: 1370

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...
by kcameron
Tue May 30, 2017 2:44 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Time table and train order?
Replies: 4
Views: 1094

Re: Time table and train order?

One of the larger issues I've seen with TT&TO is the issue of who copies the orders?? Either you need some folk happy to be operators at key stations (maybe they like rail fanning) to copy the orders or you need the crew of the train to do it, usually acting as a station operator. The other key feat...
by kcameron
Mon May 22, 2017 7:30 am
Forum: Riding Scale Railroading
Topic: Steam Up Day at FLLS
Replies: 4
Views: 1416

Re: Steam Up Day at FLLS

I must say that almost all of the information and help I was passing to David was what I had learned from Joe Scales. As a steam engineer instructor, he is great. So for every question or event that David came up with, I was pulling from memory of what Joe had taught me. Granted Joe's locomotives ar...
by kcameron
Thu May 18, 2017 7:47 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Screeching Halt!
Replies: 32
Views: 4215

Re: Screeching Halt!

I would view the spreadsheet as only a measurement. One key thing you might be missing is those 100's of others with related designs may not be 'efficient' either. As I understand it, steam engines are not efficient but many work great. Think of it as your design is only 30%, but 'works great' may o...
by kcameron
Mon May 15, 2017 9:36 pm
Forum: Riding Scale Railroading
Topic: Fire In the Hole! - (Keeping the Fire Going)
Replies: 13
Views: 2798

Re: Fire In the Hole! - (Keeping the Fire Going)

David,

It might make a nice display for the FLLS Open House. If you get it further, so much the better. We are trying to improve our 'information displays' for the visitors. Give it a thought.