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by James Powell
Thu Dec 14, 2017 12:06 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: New record in South Africa
Replies: 17
Views: 832

Re: New record in South Africa

In 3.5, it may result in a flangeless driver... right dad? (note, it wasn't me who was speeding with the Caribou, and broke a flange !) I think Don and Richard can attest- I go fast on 3.5". Mind, Don broke off a drain cock more than 25 years ago when the J2 came off at COALS. That was the same...
by James Powell
Wed Dec 13, 2017 12:06 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: New record in South Africa
Replies: 17
Views: 832

Re: New record in South Africa

I've done 9 MPH on 3.5" gauge...and contemplated a 24 hr run as a solo driver...I don't think a non stop is possible on 3.5, as you would likely have to pull the fire at least 2x, and sweep tubes. Anyone crazy enough to co drive? (before anyone asks, I have stood watches as boiler operator onbo...
by James Powell
Sat Dec 09, 2017 3:30 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Slip Switch
Replies: 18
Views: 885

Re: Slip Switch

Perfectly OK to have the points outside of the frogs- Great Western Railway (UK) did it all the time. I'm not sure if you could use TEMPLOT to figure out the dimensions or not- http://templot.com/companion/templot_home.php (it's not an easy program to use, but it has some good support). http://www.t...
by James Powell
Tue Dec 05, 2017 9:16 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: How to Dry out a boiler for winter storage?
Replies: 26
Views: 1618

Re: How to Dry out a boiler for winter storage?

To me the most important thing is to wash the boiler thoroughly, both fire side and water side, before storing. If you put it away with soot and scale you are very likely to get corrosion under them. Whereas, the Royal Canadian Navy policy was to store with soot on for moderate (~6 months), and Emp...
by James Powell
Fri Dec 01, 2017 1:22 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: reversing lever notch spacing
Replies: 17
Views: 1015

Re: reversing lever notch spacing

It's a 3 dressed up as a 9 ? (classic Canadian song- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nBrCcYr0y5M ), and don't worry, I love them rough and running...beats pants off too good to ever see a fire. (btw, heres what one of our "runners" looks like- https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3887/1426856765...
by James Powell
Tue Nov 28, 2017 11:57 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: reversing lever notch spacing
Replies: 17
Views: 1015

Re: reversing lever notch spacing

Hi, Just to make things more interesting, no matter what type of valve gear you are using, if you get the gear set up perfectly, the locomotive will run in mid-gear on level track if you are over about 5 miles an hour (for 7 1/4"). The locomotive will have no power to speak of, but it will run...
by James Powell
Wed Nov 22, 2017 12:07 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: LITTLE ENGINES
Replies: 72
Views: 5512

Re: LITTLE ENGINES

... that copyright will not extend to physical parts, even if you want it to. I'd check with a lawyer about that. Here is Section 1308 of the copyright law: Exclusive rights The owner of a design protected under this chapter has the exclusive right to— (1) make, have made, or import, for sale or fo...
by James Powell
Tue Nov 21, 2017 11:57 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: LITTLE ENGINES
Replies: 72
Views: 5512

Re: LITTLE ENGINES

I think there are lots of seperate issues underlying this- and it is going to cause some friction. If the drawing was created by someone who died prior to 50 years ago this year, it is NO LONGER in copyright, and may be freely reproduced by any means. (for example, LBSC- all his designs are no longe...
by James Powell
Sat Nov 18, 2017 1:31 pm
Forum: Live Steam Marketplace
Topic: Oregon: 5-acre property for sale, 1/4-mile 3-foot gauge RR
Replies: 6
Views: 834

Re: Oregon: 5-acre property for sale, 1/4-mile 3-foot gauge RR

This property was Marie & Charlie Meyer's property- they were very kind to me in 1997, hosting me off HMCS Mirimichi (Wooden ships & iron men !), from Portland Rose Fest. I have photos, at that point they had HOSS (Porter 4077, ex Coleman (Alberta) mine, air engine), and a very short piece o...
by James Powell
Thu Nov 02, 2017 12:34 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Machinist's chest drawer lining
Replies: 25
Views: 1120

Re: Machinist's chest drawer lining

Hide Glue:
http://www.leevalley.com/en/wood/page.a ... 2965,20002
(yes, they ship in the US...)
Felt:
http://www.leevalley.com/en/wood/page.a ... 3300,44669

They also have adhesive backed felt,

James
by James Powell
Thu Oct 19, 2017 4:26 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Steam Hose?
Replies: 15
Views: 1058

Re: Steam Hose?

I would second the choice of hose thing. Don't cheap out...

Because 4 of my fellow sailors learned the hardest way what can happen when you decide to misuse flex hose.

https://s0.whitepages.com.au/d73ef9ce-8 ... cument.pdf

James
by James Powell
Sat Oct 14, 2017 7:45 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Valve & fitting drawings?
Replies: 6
Views: 644

Re: Valve & fitting drawings?

LBSC's Shop Shed & Road gives functional descriptions & drawings, but they are aimed at 1/2" and 3/4" gauge stuff, so are made from Hex Brass bar :)

James

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