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by Pontiacguy1
Tue Feb 19, 2019 4:11 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Coupler Standards ?
Replies: 16
Views: 646

Re: Coupler Standards ?

The only real problems I've ever had with couplers was with some of the old Miller Backyard Rails, the old square looking couplers. They won't hardly couple with anything else without some pretty extensive modifications. I had a couple of pairs of them on some equipment, but have gradually replaced ...
by Pontiacguy1
Mon Feb 18, 2019 8:29 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Plumbing a lubricator
Replies: 5
Views: 333

Re: Plumbing a lubricator

The LE 0-4-0 has 2.375" bore X 3" stroke cylinders. You will need a mechanical double-ram oil pump for your locomotive to keep it properly lubricated. Even though your locomotive is small, those are bigger cylinders than most of the locomotives out there running around.
by Pontiacguy1
Thu Feb 14, 2019 8:52 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Favorite train movie
Replies: 24
Views: 1117

Re: Favorite train movie

October Sky. Good movie, good story (though embellished quite a bit), and several shots of Southern 4501 pulling coal hoppers. For the movie it had Norfolk and Western markings on it. There was even a cameo with O. Winston Link as the locomotive engineer at one point in the movie. https://www.youtub...
by Pontiacguy1
Mon Feb 11, 2019 8:31 am
Forum: Live Steam Marketplace
Topic: Old Alu stock Parts 1/2 off.
Replies: 4
Views: 661

Re: Old Alu stock Parts 1/2 off.

I would like to say that Steve's service is first-rate. Ordered stuff on Thursday, it arrived on Saturday!
by Pontiacguy1
Fri Feb 08, 2019 2:45 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: What Engine Is This
Replies: 21
Views: 1353

Re: What Engine Is This

longer trains= more air required for brakes, which means bigger pumps to keep the air pressure up. I just figured the pumps were getting large enough that they wouldn't fit in/around/under the running boards any more, and thus they moved them up front. Also, putting them on the smokebox front of an ...
by Pontiacguy1
Fri Feb 08, 2019 8:26 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Indiana railway museum #97
Replies: 3
Views: 474

Re: Indiana railway museum #97

Where all did it go after it was retired from service in 1970?
by Pontiacguy1
Wed Feb 06, 2019 11:54 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Mogul info
Replies: 40
Views: 1972

Re: Mogul info

Well, sorry to say that their mission was not to preserve a locomotive, but to run a business. A lot of the class 1 railroads were no better, scrapping all of their steam power with no thoughts of preserving or anything else. Executives looked at them as something to be disposed of, not as something...
by Pontiacguy1
Wed Feb 06, 2019 8:29 am
Forum: Build Log
Topic: 3/4" Scale J1e
Replies: 36
Views: 2988

Re: 3/4" Scale J1e

They say good machinists make very few mistakes, but the best machinists know how to cover and/or correct their mistakes without scrapping the part!
by Pontiacguy1
Tue Feb 05, 2019 8:43 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Mogul info
Replies: 40
Views: 1972

Re: Mogul info

I'm sure it COULD run again, but with all the stuff you said is wrong with it, and also not knowing what shape the boiler is in or the running gear... you could restore a larger and more powerful locomotive for about the same money, or less, which is what I would do if I was a museum and had very li...
by Pontiacguy1
Mon Feb 04, 2019 8:55 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Disney American
Replies: 410
Views: 72699

Re: Disney American

What kind of shaft material do you use for that? In the past, my problem with a roller clutch was not the clutch unit itself, it is that after a few years of use, the shaft would wear down a few thousandths and then the clutch would stop working consistently. I would just replace the shaft, and a co...
by Pontiacguy1
Fri Feb 01, 2019 11:52 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Mogul info
Replies: 40
Views: 1972

Re: Mogul info

This may be taboo for you, but I would suggest that you don't have to build to an exact prototype. You can build a locomotive that has all the features you want, and make up a name for the road or even pretend it was an experiment by your favorite railroad on upgrading older equipment. The tendency ...
by Pontiacguy1
Thu Jan 24, 2019 8:14 am
Forum: Build Log
Topic: Building the 2.5" Scale Shay
Replies: 762
Views: 115962

Re: Building the 2.5" Scale Shay

I have used that Alabama coal a lot... Got a free load of it from someone that I know back a long time ago, mine was in central Alabama around Jasper somewhere. It does indeed burn hot, but people will accuse you of burning rubber tire chips as it produces lots of black smoke that hangs in the air f...