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by David Powell
Fri Apr 05, 2019 9:43 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Vincent Astor's railroad
Replies: 16
Views: 4660

Re: Vincent Astor's railroad

Reading between the lines of his Model Engineer columns written between about 1927 and 1930 it would appear that L Lawrence, known as LBSC emigrated to America at the encouragement of Calvert Holt and that he worked on and ran engines on the Astor.s railway as a favour to Holt. He returned to Britai...
by David Powell
Sat Nov 10, 2018 5:12 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Weight Distribution Question on a Live Steam Locomotive
Replies: 10
Views: 2601

Re: Weight Distribution Question on a Live Steam Locomotive

The experiences have not been " bad", I have never hurt anyone else with a model steamer .Indeed I have not had more than a scratch or minor burn, or fright myself. My partner and I have 6 workable locos ranging from a 3 1/2" Tich to a 7 1/4" Dart all of which get occasional runs on local tracks.Now...
by David Powell
Sat Nov 10, 2018 12:51 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Weight Distribution Question on a Live Steam Locomotive
Replies: 10
Views: 2601

Re: Weight Distribution Question on a Live Steam Locomotive

In 30 odd years of running model railway engines, mine and other peoples, I suffered a number of derailments and dealt with a few engines which would not consistently stay on tracks, or which would run well on one club track and derail on another. I have a number of model traction engines of 1 1/2" ...
by David Powell
Sat Nov 10, 2018 11:15 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Weight Distribution Question on a Live Steam Locomotive
Replies: 10
Views: 2601

Re: Weight Distribution Question on a Live Steam Locomotive

You do NOT need to know the actual weight, what you need to know is" Will the loco run safely on the track you are running on" . With the engine in steam on the track stand straddling the track and put one index finger between the spokes of the carrying wheels on the front axle and lift about 1/8" i...
by David Powell
Thu Oct 25, 2018 10:15 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Cleaning a smoke box?
Replies: 8
Views: 2716

Re: Cleaning a smoke box?

` It is almost impossible to properly clean ashes and soot from an assembled working model. Washing with any liquid cleaner will leave likely some parts unprotected and liable to corrosion. Models are best put away dry of water , brushed out of all loose soot and ash and very oily. Give a blast of L...
by David Powell
Tue Sep 27, 2016 11:48 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Sensible working load for 71/4" Dart.
Replies: 6
Views: 2609

Re: Sensible working load for 71/4" Dart.

Steel rails, cast iron wheels, and from the way she runs jacked up there will not be any question of stalling lacking power, My main concern was that weight transfer when pulling hard will reduce grip enough to make nonsense out of theoretical loadings. As yet I do not have a single photo of her and...
by David Powell
Mon Sep 26, 2016 9:29 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Sensible working load for 71/4" Dart.
Replies: 6
Views: 2609

Sensible working load for 71/4" Dart.

I have recently purchased a 71/4" Gauge Dart in full working order. She is alleged to weigh about 300 lbs. Given the rather unusual wheel arrangement 0-4-2 I wonder what would be a sensible maximum load to expect her to pull without excessive wheel slip. Can anyone with experience of this or similar...
by David Powell
Tue Aug 02, 2016 5:49 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: D-type Boilers
Replies: 16
Views: 3427

Re: D-type Boilers

Bill, the OP did, you didn't! I am sure you can see that George,s plant was reasonably safe, the limited amount of fuel which was arranged to run out before the water did meant there was no need for a feed pump nor level controls, the one safety valve perhaps could have been supplemented by another,...
by David Powell
Tue Aug 02, 2016 4:46 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: D-type Boilers
Replies: 16
Views: 3427

Re: D-type Boilers

George Williams certainly was not crazy !. He started as second man helping out with a full size Aveling steam roller in the hungry thirties and retired in the 70s after 26 yrs driving a Marshall compound S class steam roller in a quarry where his work saved thousands of dollars in tyre wear on the ...
by David Powell
Tue Aug 02, 2016 4:45 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: D-type Boilers
Replies: 16
Views: 3427

OLd George's plant.

George Williams certainly was not crazy !. He started as second man helping out with a full size Aveling steam roller in the hungry thirties and retired in the 70s after 26 yrs driving a Marshall compound S class steam roller in a quarry where his work saved thousands of dollars in tyre wear on the ...
by David Powell
Mon Aug 01, 2016 9:20 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: D-type Boilers
Replies: 16
Views: 3427

Re: D-type Boilers

HI, I am James' dad. I have been involved with steam and steam engines for over 50 years. In that time I have met, talked with , and seen the results of the efforts of many steam men who have had schemes much like yours. None of them ever built a plant which filled all the needs, some built beautifu...
by David Powell
Mon Aug 01, 2016 8:47 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Maisie with outside Walschaerts valve gear.
Replies: 1
Views: 861

Maisie with outside Walschaerts valve gear.

I have recently acquired a 3 1/2" gauge Maisie with outside valve gear. It appears to have been modelled on Ivatt atlantic #292 a 4 cylinder compound. My model has just 2 outside cylinders. It is obviously a vey old model, and has lead a hard life Some of the threads are BA, some of them are BSF and...