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by James Powell
Sun Nov 28, 2021 5:39 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: The William Harris Steam Donkey Engine in 2.5 inch Scale
Replies: 49
Views: 1749

Re: The William Harris Steam Donkey Engine in 2.5 inch Scale

I know of at least 3 around here- I drive past this one every day I come to work: https://www.vicnews.com/news/sooke-museum-steam-donkey-moved-to-permanent-home/ ( Identification: Now on museum grounds. The steam boiler is not the original, as the Phillips donkey was converted to gas in the 1930s . ...
by James Powell
Sat Nov 20, 2021 9:55 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Kozo A3 3/4 scale up and running sort of
Replies: 53
Views: 15356

Re: Kozo A3 3/4 scale up and running sort of

Best was my wife- we (dad and I) told her to add a shovel full every trip around at Montreal in 2000. Come about 330, she says she can't put another shovel full in... I was running till about 415 burning all the coal out of the box- there was coal all the way up to the cross tubes in the combustion ...
by James Powell
Tue Nov 16, 2021 8:37 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Accucraft 2-1/2" scale 2-4-0 ?
Replies: 19
Views: 1561

Re: Accucraft 2-1/2" scale 2-4-0 ?

Charlie, it depends on the company making the kits- if they are well made, and the company supports them, then it can be quite a good proposition if you have more money than time to spend on the hobby. OS springs to mind, as do the Polly kits from the UK. RMI and Accurcraft over here... If the kit i...
by James Powell
Sat Nov 06, 2021 8:17 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Welding
Replies: 20
Views: 1873

Re: Welding

I'd advise against learning to weld to weld a boiler. Find a friend to weld said boiler for $ or Beer. But, if you are going to, well...the advise above is all fairly sound. I'm making track (which I should go to right now...) and I started with a 90A/115V MIG, and fairly quickly found I needed rath...
by James Powell
Sat Oct 30, 2021 11:50 pm
Forum: Grand Scale Railroading
Topic: Minimum radius for 2 ft. gauge
Replies: 8
Views: 2379

Re: Minimum radius for 2 ft. gauge

2" gauge minimum radius can be...very tight.
ImageRoger2 by Peach James, on Flickr
by James Powell
Wed Oct 27, 2021 5:14 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Suggestions on transporting 7.5" equipment
Replies: 45
Views: 4046

Re: Suggestions on transporting 7.5" equipment

I don't think he's on here, but a VIME member had an incident ~10 years ago with a loco in the van. make sure it is well secured... (Write up might be in the VIME newsletter, or in the Train Mountain one- incident happened near TM). We had a underwear changing experience in the mid 1980's (perhaps 8...
by James Powell
Wed Oct 20, 2021 8:18 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: best way to get started?
Replies: 95
Views: 9823

Re: best way to get started?

Now, if it were I, I'd make something like what I did- start with making a 3/4"x 3/4" stationary engine (or 7/8") (Reeves, Tiny Power, Stuart, PM research or from bar stock), then "motorize" a 0-4-0 with it. Sure, the lap times are somewhat in the calendar range, but it allows you to build each part...
by James Powell
Sun Oct 03, 2021 7:27 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Friends models hudson
Replies: 40
Views: 6926

Re: Friends models hudson

Bill, 9/16 OD copper tubes- so something like .510 ID. Our experience with small tubes left a very bitter taste in our mouth- dad built the 2nd boiler for the roller with 3/8" tubes (as per LBSC in the 30's), and it was always a dog to steam. The Britannia boiler as drawn by LBSC steams like a witch...
by James Powell
Sun Oct 03, 2021 7:53 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Friends models hudson
Replies: 40
Views: 6926

Re: Friends models hudson

So, while we had a Hoffman Hudson, rather than a Friends one, the combustion chamber... I have a Britannia with a commercially made boiler, with combustion chamber. It's a delight to fire. It will burn the best part of anything, and make steam with it. (Bishop's made the boiler, in 1979) The Hudson ...
by James Powell
Tue Sep 28, 2021 12:34 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: C.P. Huntington
Replies: 108
Views: 39804

Re: C.P. Huntington

Small engines require more attention...it's a laws of physics thing, not subject to repeal :) Little and often is the way ahead. Get your shovel of coal ready, open the door, add it, close the door, repeat as required. You want to dark the fire at the top of the hill, and put the pump on too...and s...
by James Powell
Wed Jun 16, 2021 2:41 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Any of you folks familiar with this layout?
Replies: 36
Views: 13279

Re: Any of you folks familiar with this layout?

We did ground level 3.5" at COAL's- https://live.staticflickr.com/5346/7161338750_50ffd41a08_m.jpg OmletHudson by Peach James , on Flickr with a much younger Dad. (about 1/2 younger...). Steaming bays were raised, but even running on the ground can be a bit of an adventure. I'm not sure what I'm goi...