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by Pontiacguy1
Thu Dec 12, 2019 9:34 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: A Long Term Project
Replies: 46
Views: 7717

Re: A Long Term Project

Awesome Job: Making the 'leastest do the mostest' is a good motto to live by. I had a milling attachment for a 9" south bend lathe, but sold it after I got a mill. Didn't use it any more. Quite a few things were done on that, though, and it helped me to learn a lot. It was slow to say the least, but...
by Pontiacguy1
Fri Dec 06, 2019 11:16 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Kit Iron Castings
Replies: 16
Views: 821

Re: Kit Iron Castings

Grey iron is what most of your casting from any of the major suppliers will be, and it has been used in this hobby for well over 100 years now, and it works. I've not seen a lot of problems with any of it unless you have a huge amount of miles on your locomotive. I had an 0-4-2 Allen Chloe that I li...
by Pontiacguy1
Fri Dec 06, 2019 6:46 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Plate/Pan-Style Propane Burners
Replies: 12
Views: 533

Re: Plate/Pan-Style Propane Burners

This looks very similar to the Vic Shattock plate burner that he used to Alcohol fire locomotives. He used it to fire 1/2" and 3/4" scale locomotives, and maybe some 1" locomotives. There were a lot of steam engines built with that burner. Since it was alcohol, you had to heat the burner plate up en...
by Pontiacguy1
Wed Nov 27, 2019 5:37 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: 0-6-0 L9 Switcher, differences
Replies: 45
Views: 7883

Re: 0-6-0 L9 Switcher, differences

Having seen that thing in person, and having seen it in operation, I can tell you: It runs excellently and is a beautiful locomotive. When I saw it last (about 2008), it didn't have the steam pump on it, and the counterweights were just painted on the wheels. He told me that he had a budget of $20 p...
by Pontiacguy1
Wed Nov 27, 2019 8:22 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Which pressure gauge to use?
Replies: 27
Views: 1906

Re: Which pressure gauge to use?

Put your vacuum tube on the side of the smoke box, and then take your shop vac and stick it in the stack and see if your tube levels change. That will verify that your manometer tube is working.
by Pontiacguy1
Mon Nov 25, 2019 9:25 am
Forum: Live Steam Marketplace
Topic: 2.5" scale "Fulton" 4-4-0 castings now available from Allen Models
Replies: 9
Views: 1392

Re: 2.5" scale "Fulton" 4-4-0 castings now available from Allen Models

Ordered Domes, headlight kit, and diamond stack casting for this engine last week for a different project i'm working on. Everything was delivered on Friday and Saturday. Great service and Response from Allen Models of Nevada!! All of these detail parts are all cast iron and are HEAVY!!! Gonna reall...
by Pontiacguy1
Thu Nov 21, 2019 8:49 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Do wheels have to be cast iron?
Replies: 15
Views: 1247

Re: Do wheels have to be cast iron?

Most are cast iron because that is the easiest and cheapest way to make the wheels with multiple spokes, counterweights, crankpin and axle bosses, etc... and on freight cars, a lot of them are cast iron so that they can have the fluted backs on them, and possibly raised lettering as well. It is the ...
by Pontiacguy1
Thu Nov 21, 2019 8:30 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Verifying Blast nozzle height
Replies: 28
Views: 1865

Re: Verifying Blast nozzle height

It may not be just the insulation... Also remember that your water temps will usually be lower with a lower ambient temperature. Most municipal water supplies are taken from rivers and lakes, whose temperatures definitely will change with the seasons. I can tell this easily at my own house. In the s...
by Pontiacguy1
Wed Nov 20, 2019 4:40 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Low water mark
Replies: 16
Views: 1467

Re: Low water mark

If you can't get that atomizer to quit getting water sloshed into it, you might want to just run the thing on compressed air all the time. Charlie Pipes has a really nice boxcar that he made to go behind his LE 4-4-0, and it also contains the brakes. A small compressor and tank and a battery in that...
by Pontiacguy1
Tue Nov 19, 2019 4:46 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Low water mark
Replies: 16
Views: 1467

Re: Low water mark

It is not unheard of for someone designing a boiler to try to pack in an extra row of tubes and end up putting the crown sheet up too high, not leaving much room for steam and water space above it. I have run engines like that: They tend to be very finicky and tricky, and you have to constantly add ...
by Pontiacguy1
Tue Nov 19, 2019 4:38 pm
Forum: Build Log
Topic: Des Peres Valley #4 - Baldwin 0-6-0 using Allen Models parts.
Replies: 20
Views: 1677

Re: Des Peres Valley #4 - Baldwin 0-6-0 using Allen Models parts.

An Allen 0-4-0 or even your 0-6-0 is a GREAT choice as a first live steam project in 1/8th scale! Castings are readily available and easily replaced if you mess one up, the costs for these castings are fairly inexpensive compared to a lot of others out there, a lot of the parts are made from bar sto...
by Pontiacguy1
Tue Nov 19, 2019 7:38 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Verifying Blast nozzle height
Replies: 28
Views: 1865

Re: Verifying Blast nozzle height

One way to get some quick references on petticoat pipe and nozzle heights and such is to look at the Allen Models smoke box for a reference. There are literally hundreds of them out there and they all seem to steam really good unless there is something made wrong or some other non-design problem. It...