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by James Powell
Sat Apr 06, 2019 10:35 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: types of coal
Replies: 29
Views: 2975

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: 4761

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: 2540

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: 2401

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...
by James Powell
Sun Jan 27, 2019 9:54 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Could this work?
Replies: 9
Views: 1639

Re: Could this work?

It may work. It won't provide enough heat to do much, (it's about 4 hp of heat, if my mental math isn't too bad, which makes it about 1/6th hp output available), but it will provide enough to test & trial. I think we used the 2 kg/h burner with the engine, and I'm currently using a pair of SolarFlow...
by James Powell
Fri Jan 25, 2019 6:02 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: How Can I Determine Threads
Replies: 8
Views: 1193

Re: How Can I Determine Threads

BA pitches are totally rational. You are expecting that they are inch. They are metric...

Yes, an imperial diameter with metric pitches.

No, I don't understand why.
by James Powell
Tue Jan 22, 2019 11:46 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Balanced slide valves?
Replies: 5
Views: 1222

Re: Balanced slide valves?

In full size, you might want to see if you can find info on "Church's" patent slide valves, which were one type used on traction engines. I'm wildly going out on a limb, and going to suggest that a piston valve is a far better option... I know that Suction Hose (Ross) on Traction Talk has done quite...
by James Powell
Sun Jan 20, 2019 10:24 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Coffin Feedwater Heater
Replies: 11
Views: 2009

Re: Coffin Feedwater Heater

Is it a CG type pump? I know that is what was on Red Devil (the SAR 26), so it might be one I don't have access from here, but might at work if it is, to pdf's of the manuals. It depends on what got digitalized...and if they purged the manuals post PRO scrapping. The books were in the 200 series in ...
by James Powell
Mon Dec 31, 2018 11:57 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Tender pump and Steam Water Pump In Line?
Replies: 4
Views: 756

Re: Tender pump and Steam Water Pump In Line?

I'd rather see a completely separate flow path for each way of getting water into the boiler. In particular, you should have at least 2 completely separate ways for most model boiler codes. This would not count as 2 different ways to me if I was inspecting a boiler. Again, it depends on the code as ...
by James Powell
Sun Dec 23, 2018 2:44 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Restored Australian garrett in action
Replies: 9
Views: 1501

Re: Restored Australian garrett in action

Has anyone built a miniature garrett? More than one. Station Road had a AD60 in 5", , Micheal Guy in Toronto is slowly working on a 2x 0-4-0 for 7.25" , my dad has another 0-4-0 in 5" part built (not his work) ...
by James Powell
Sun Dec 02, 2018 12:09 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Propane Quick Disconnectss
Replies: 22
Views: 4066

Re: Propane Quick Disconnectss

I'm using Swage QC4 for propane on the little wagon. They seem to work OK for it, but be aware you are almost certainly outside of the technical advice of the maker by using them for a flammable gas. (I don't have access to the Swage books any more, so can't comment if I am or not- some of the swage...
by James Powell
Wed Nov 14, 2018 8:41 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Ed Perry
Replies: 9
Views: 2218

Re: Ed Perry

Strange that, the GWR did it, as did other UK railways...before they were nationalized. I seem to think the Standards have steel boxes, not copper... (but it's not so important when you scrap a copper box to build a new one- the $ from the old one goes into the new one...not like with steel, where m...