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by James Powell
Tue Sep 10, 2019 6:01 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Passenger Car Maroon
Replies: 11
Views: 1666

Re: Passenger Car Maroon

Equally important is going to be the gloss/varnish effect. Colours which look too dark if they are matt/semi gloss may well look quite a bit brighter if varnished...

by James Powell
Mon Sep 09, 2019 4:55 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Alcalde & Coalfield High Line
Replies: 158
Views: 62892

Re: Alcalde & Coalfield High Line

Well to the north, up here in Canada, I believe you will find Abbotsford MES with about 1200' of 2 1/2", 3 1/2" and 5". BCSME has a back and forth 3 1/2" (not finished, last I heard...) and a mile of 7.5 or so. Vancouver Island Model Engineers has a 1200' 3 1/2, 4 3/4 & 5" raised track & about a mil...
by James Powell
Wed Aug 14, 2019 3:00 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: 730 Gets a Boiler
Replies: 78
Views: 10437

Re: 730 Gets a Boiler

Ok- so from a full sized prospective, with oil fired boilers, the way we treated the fireside was to leave the last 12 hours of soot ON the boilers if they were going to be dry. If you know that the fireside is going to get wet, then you want as little as possible there. It's also the reasoning behi...
by James Powell
Tue Jul 30, 2019 1:11 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Recommendation needed for copper boiler repairs
Replies: 15
Views: 2428

Re: Recommendation needed for copper boiler repairs

Another option is to use low silver content (high melting point) lead solder. Be aware, once you do that particular trick the boiler is nackered for trying again with silver, as they won't stick to each other, or in the vicinity of lead fumes. A lot depends on "how bad" it really is- things you don'...
by James Powell
Wed Jul 24, 2019 9:53 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: DianneB Passing
Replies: 15
Views: 2854

Re: DianneB Passing

I too am surprised about her passing,

James Powell
by James Powell
Tue Jul 16, 2019 9:48 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Oil firing
Replies: 9
Views: 1746

Re: Oil firing

Coal fired Superheated Caribou goes like snot off a shovel. Will do >8 MPH with those little wheels, and will pull >1200 lb. The Fartin' Martin boiler design is sensitive to coal quality in comparison to LBSC's Britannia. Probably a little too small grate and lack of combustion chamber. The unsuperh...
by James Powell
Sat Jun 08, 2019 1:37 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Interlocking tower
Replies: 11
Views: 3067

Re: Interlocking tower

While in OO, I have a mechanical interlocking on Long Marton: Long Marton Signal Box by Peach James , on Flickr There is a video of how it operates on there too, the whole layout is setup around the interlocking. If I want to drive a loc...
by James Powell
Thu Jun 06, 2019 10:50 am
Forum: Build Log
Topic: Basket case 2-4-0
Replies: 22
Views: 5966

Re: Basket case 2-4-0

Good compression fittings are certainly rated high enough for steam, even in brass. (B-400-xx-xxx, like I knew the Swageloc series #'s by memory...9 is a 90% el, the 400 is 1/4" tube). The stainless ones certainly are rated vastly higher than what model steam uses, I used them extensively on 600 PSI...
by James Powell
Sat Apr 06, 2019 10:35 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: types of coal
Replies: 29
Views: 5651

Re: types of coal

Nothing wrong with oil, until you get it WRONG: If you look at the stacks, if you are firing coal (or oil properly, which ^ is not...), there should be an economic haze. Which means that it is probably around 10% opacity. Any less genera...
by James Powell
Thu Mar 28, 2019 10:29 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Women in the hobby?
Replies: 57
Views: 8983

Re: Women in the hobby? MLS (2) by Peach James , on Flickr Nope, she never drives... mind, neither of us have driven an (railway) engine in the last few years. Dad kidnapped that one ! We've been very busy with the boys, so things like Steam have taken a bac...
by James Powell
Thu Mar 28, 2019 10:01 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Please plan ahead
Replies: 24
Views: 4618

Re: Please plan ahead

All my stuff is going to geocache. I thought this was the way to go after seeing all of those guys looking for "the BIG W". Just give me the GPS #'s so I can go collect... (next to be seen running over the hill with a 3.5" loco under each arm...) Dad's got it fairly easy, when he pops off, I have t...
by James Powell
Wed Mar 13, 2019 11:55 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Steam oil
Replies: 20
Views: 4488

Re: Steam oil

I would suggest, as the owner of a somewhat lubrication sensitive 3.5" gauge loco, that a pumped supply is better than a stuart turner style displacement lubricator. The more complicated hydraulic driven displacement style are probably co-equal with a pumped lubricator. The type of steam oil can mat...