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by James Powell
Thu Jul 12, 2018 10:38 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: 3-1/2" OS Porter Live steam need help
Replies: 29
Views: 1297

Re: 3-1/2" OS Porter Live steam need help

I'm sure someone will be along from St Croix, as I seem to think some of the posters on here are from that area :). Steam oil- I'm using Chevron TK460, which I find a bit lightweight in my engines, but is OK. What you should do is use 2 different oils- the steam cylinder oil for the cylinders, and a...
by James Powell
Wed Jul 11, 2018 9:32 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: 3-1/2" OS Porter Live steam need help
Replies: 29
Views: 1297

Re: 3-1/2" OS Porter Live steam need help

Hi Mat_Steamer, The first thing I would suggest is give us a location - not your home address, but at least a country ! The next thing I would suggest is join a local club- (see above !) As far as OS engines go, I would think they may be able to support you with a manual. Have you tried a politely w...
by James Powell
Tue Jul 10, 2018 10:07 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Pipe Wrap?
Replies: 4
Views: 362

Re: Pipe Wrap?

Lashing. Find some moderate sized thread, and do a lot of half hitches...

James
by James Powell
Sun Jul 08, 2018 10:58 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: How do you guys feel about the "Just get it done" attitude?
Replies: 20
Views: 1156

Re: How do you guys feel about the "Just get it done" attitude?

Having made my living with steam for 10 years, it all depends. Really determined was having me turn a V into a flange, at sea, so that one other person could lay weld into it. It didn't look great, but it was more than serviceable, and I trusted my life to it. Same sort of thing for the various leak...
by James Powell
Sun Jul 08, 2018 10:24 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Rapid Steam Pressure Loss
Replies: 21
Views: 1247

Re: Rapid Syeam Pressure Loss

15x3=45 000 btu/hr, 2544 btu/h = 1 hp, so you should be able to generate around ( (0 .03x45 000) /2544=.5 hp, so if your train weighs 1000 lb, then you should be able to move uphill at (0.5*550)/1000 lb = 0.275 ft vert/sec, assuming your train weighs about 1000 lb (that's everything, loco, tender, f...
by James Powell
Tue Jul 03, 2018 9:20 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: the Hunchbacks of MLS (and others)
Replies: 9
Views: 826

Re: the Hunchbacks of MLS (and others)

We've been there, way back in 1986. I think it was 104F in the shade at COALS for OMLET that year. I suggested that perhaps dad had missed quite the trick, and should have painted the boiler flat black, and added some mirror surface area to aid with steam production...

James
by James Powell
Thu Jun 21, 2018 8:33 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Storing Aluminum LP tanks
Replies: 5
Views: 681

Re: Storing Aluminum LP tanks

so I told the local fire chief that if they ever respond to a fire at my shop, to just get people safely away and let it burn! :shock: We went to a garage fire here about 2 years ago, and the chief asked if anyone knew what was inside... my reply was "Everything" ! I'd been in the garage about a we...
by James Powell
Mon May 28, 2018 5:12 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Stainless steel boiler/exchanger?
Replies: 84
Views: 7129

Re: Stainless steel boiler/exchanger?

I am aware of one, in the form of a 3.5" gauge copper boiler that the side stays pulled away due to poor penetration of silver solder. By the most part, I suspect that the physics of the situation mean that the cubic roots are working in our favor, and that it is unlikely to cause a death or injury ...
by James Powell
Mon May 21, 2018 9:02 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: MEG Wendy on Coal
Replies: 15
Views: 1414

Re: MEG Wendy on Coal

I'd think Harlock will be best placed to answer this, but the one that is here (VIME) runs regularly on coal, on up to 2% grades. The grades aren't that long, in that the property is fairly flat. As to how it will do on a really long hard grade, I can't answer, and I don't think the owner is online ...
by James Powell
Sat May 19, 2018 10:50 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Looking for Quarter Scale Donkey plans
Replies: 8
Views: 776

Re: Looking for Quarter Scale Donkey plans

John, I'd suspect that you have to decide what size of donkey you want, then work backwards from that. Because a 1/4th scale model of a big one is going to be a LOT bigger than a 1/4 scale model of a small one... There are at least 2 full sized around here- one in Sooke, one at SHAS (Vancouver Islan...
by James Powell
Thu May 17, 2018 12:58 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: RANT THREAD?
Replies: 95
Views: 6668

Re: RANT THREAD?

... but one that frustrates me is not being able to find the most noxious cuss word to use to satisfy my rant. ... Obviously, you weren't in the Navy. ... I retired at 55, but had to go back to work for 20 more years due to financial concerns, like eating. It's a matter of priorities, Ron. Ah, but ...
by James Powell
Thu May 10, 2018 8:02 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: RANT THREAD?
Replies: 95
Views: 6668

Re: RANT THREAD?

Dad's spectacular special water pump design for my VFT loco. It would have been fine, had the bolts been far enough away to use a socket on them. They weren't... and they were quite long too. Oh, and the wrench- it had about 15.5 ' of swing. To add insult to injury, the pump didn't work right either...