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by Pontiacguy1
Wed Nov 13, 2019 8:28 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: West Coast Live Steam BOOK Project
Replies: 12
Views: 1060

Re: West Coast Live Steam BOOK Project

Ken said that after they lost the house in Oakland, the one with the big basement, that the 1/2" scale track had to come out. His grandfather was already working in 3/4 and larger scales some by that time, and there was the track in the park that the GGLS were starting on, so that may partially expl...
by Pontiacguy1
Tue Nov 12, 2019 9:26 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: West Coast Live Steam BOOK Project
Replies: 12
Views: 1060

Re: West Coast Live Steam BOOK Project

Ken sent me a 'very' rough copy of the outline of the book and some of the first chapter just to read through. That was about 10 years ago, now. As far as I know, he didn't get too much further than a rough copy of any of the chapters. The stuff he had was very interesting, though. A shame to say th...
by Pontiacguy1
Mon Nov 11, 2019 9:24 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Alcalde & Coalfield High Line
Replies: 182
Views: 73205

Re: Alcalde & Coalfield High Line

I would LOVE to have a sketch or outline drawing of that steel boiler on that raritan! What thickness of plates did he use? One of these days I'm going to finish my raritan chassis. I have built quite a few steel boilers, but never have built a copper one.
by Pontiacguy1
Fri Nov 08, 2019 5:29 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: 0-6-0 L9 Switcher, differences
Replies: 41
Views: 5442

Re: 0-6-0 L9 Switcher, differences

Building ANY steam locomotive is a very large undertaking... Doubly so for a grand scale locomotive... Doubly so again for an articulated. That's why there aren't very many of them. It's like building two locomotives. You're not a novice so I'm sure you can do it, it will just take a while to get 'e...
by Pontiacguy1
Thu Oct 31, 2019 1:10 pm
Forum: Grand Scale Railroading
Topic: Little Toot Railroad
Replies: 2
Views: 671

Re: Little Toot Railroad

Awesome history!
by Pontiacguy1
Thu Oct 31, 2019 10:58 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Little Engines Wendy?
Replies: 9
Views: 1017

Re: Little Engines Wendy?

Those descriptions are very indicative of someone who doesn't know jack about what they are selling! Look at that MEG locomotive, the drivers, smoke box, cylinders, etc... Doesn't look like there is a single Little Engines casting on it anywhere to me. Maybe I'm wrong, but I've never seen or heard o...
by Pontiacguy1
Thu Oct 31, 2019 10:47 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Run out of steam pressure after 100 feet
Replies: 25
Views: 2233

Re: Run out of steam pressure after 100 feet

Sounds to me like you have a leak inside the smoke box somewhere in your dry pipe-the pipe that delivers the steam from the boiler down to the cylinders. Without seeing it, I can't make that determination, but if you do have such a leak, it will kill your draft, your pressure will drop like a rock w...
by Pontiacguy1
Fri Oct 25, 2019 10:17 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Alcalde & Coalfield High Line
Replies: 182
Views: 73205

Re: Alcalde & Coalfield High Line

room mate of mine in college had a dove grey mustang notchback, 1990 model. It looked white, and everyone thought it was white until you parked it next to one that was bright white or arctic white or something like that. Then you could see that it was grey. One thing about that color grey, it didn't...
by Pontiacguy1
Fri Oct 25, 2019 7:41 am
Forum: Build Log
Topic: Building the 2.5" Scale Shay
Replies: 825
Views: 166532

Re: Building the 2.5" Scale Shay

Started a few grass fires in Texas with my 0-4-2 Chloe. That thing had a fully enclosed ash pan, but would really draft and would throw hot embers out the stack fairly regularly. They would sometimes land a couple of feet to the side of the tracks, and that's what started the fires. It also didn't h...
by Pontiacguy1
Wed Oct 23, 2019 8:40 am
Forum: Riding Scale Railroading
Topic: Lathe for turning wheels
Replies: 34
Views: 2967

Re: Lathe for turning wheels

I still say that for what you are wanting to do, the SB heavy 10 is a bit on the small side. For a 9" diameter wheel, you really need a 12" lathe or larger, especially if you are planning on doing a bunch of them. Look around at old equipment sales and for places that are going out of business. Ofte...
by Pontiacguy1
Wed Oct 23, 2019 7:56 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Radius for Allen Mogul?
Replies: 9
Views: 1163

Re: Radius for Allen Mogul?

If you can: Keep everything to 45 foot radius or larger. That's pretty good for a home layout. That way, you should be able to handle MOST 6-coupled steamers, and all diesels including 6-axle versions. You probably won't be able to run most pacifics or hudsons there, but some might can if they've be...
by Pontiacguy1
Mon Oct 21, 2019 3:30 pm
Forum: Riding Scale Railroading
Topic: Lathe for turning wheels
Replies: 34
Views: 2967

Re: Lathe for turning wheels

I have a 9" south bend lathe, and had one other before this one. They are great little machines, little being the major word here. They don't have a lot of power and definitely not nearly as rigid as a larger machine. I wouldn't want to turn anything larger than about a 5" or 6" wheel on one. You wi...