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by Pontiacguy1
Tue May 22, 2018 1:29 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Is Good Boiler Care Enough?
Replies: 5
Views: 261

Re: Is Good Boiler Care Enough?

You would not believe the amount of scale/corrosion in quite a number of boilers that I've torn down/cut apart. The pictures you are showing are very mild compared. Of course, if you treat the boiler like a tin can and never do anything to it, it's going to rust up and scale up really quick anyway. ...
by Pontiacguy1
Tue May 22, 2018 7:55 am
Forum: Build Log
Topic: SP NG Diesel #1 (GE 50T) - Triennial or Bust
Replies: 208
Views: 10290

Re: SP NG Diesel #1 (GE 50T) - Triennial or Bust

The go-kart drum brake will work well as long as you have a good lever length to get enough force to apply it properly. The problem with those is that they will rattle around, vibrate, and become quite annoying after a while. They usually work pretty quietly in the direction they were intended to go...
by Pontiacguy1
Fri May 18, 2018 3:09 pm
Forum: Riding Scale Railroading
Topic: Ballast tipple design request
Replies: 7
Views: 320

Re: Ballast tipple design request

There is an old video on Youtube somewhere that has a few shots of the C&IG tipple being used to load ballast cars sometime during the early 1990s.
by Pontiacguy1
Wed May 16, 2018 6:23 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: RANT THREAD?
Replies: 92
Views: 2792

Re: RANT THREAD?

The grim reaper is gaining on EVERYONE, young and old alike! That's why you need to go run when you have the chance to, do something fun while you have the chance to, play with the kids when you have the chance to, etc... I always think: well, I'll make it next year, or, I'll come back next time, or...
by Pontiacguy1
Wed May 09, 2018 2:31 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Mid-South LS Spring Meet
Replies: 22
Views: 1131

Re: Mid-South LS Spring Meet

That is not the ICRR mountain that was built by Bob Wilson. That one is very nice, but it looks like it was based on LE castings, and Bob's was not. Bob's locomotive sits in the Lynnville Railroad Museum about 20 miles south of Columbia, TN. 1328941773711-img_0352.jpg I think it took Bob about 30 ye...
by Pontiacguy1
Wed May 09, 2018 7:22 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Mid-South LS Spring Meet
Replies: 22
Views: 1131

Re: Mid-South LS Spring Meet

Found out that a Doctor from over near Memphis, TN owns that nice MP Pacific. I was told that a lot of the work on it was done by the late Bob Wilson, who also built a beautiful I.C.R.R. Mountain in 7 1/2" gauge. I haven't seen the pacific at one of our meets in several years.
by Pontiacguy1
Mon May 07, 2018 7:29 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Mid-South LS Spring Meet
Replies: 22
Views: 1131

Re: Mid-South LS Spring Meet

Haven't seen that engine in a while. Don't know who owned it, but I do remember it. There have been a lot of engines visit over the years. Some I see periodically, some just once or twice and that's it. There are some locomotives that I used to see at every single meet that disappeared a long time a...
by Pontiacguy1
Fri Apr 27, 2018 10:35 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: WRENCHES!!!!
Replies: 20
Views: 1559

Re: WRENCHES!!!!

Actually, AME says that the #4-40 hex heads are 11/64", which is 0.172". A 4.5mm is 0.177" so it's the closest you're likely to find. I'm going to have to get one of those as well, so thanks for the part number. I ordered a bunch of #4-40 hex bolts, and no nut driver set that I've found has an 11/64...
by Pontiacguy1
Mon Apr 23, 2018 7:25 am
Forum: Build Log
Topic: SP NG Diesel #1 (GE 50T) - Triennial or Bust
Replies: 208
Views: 10290

Re: SP NG Diesel #1 (GE 50T) - Triennial or Bust

Almost everyone whom I've ever had tell me something on my equipment was 'wrong' were people who didn't actually build anything themselves. Ditto for most of the people I know in the hobby who have had a similar experience. I just told them that they should build their own and then they can make it ...
by Pontiacguy1
Mon Apr 23, 2018 7:12 am
Forum: Riding Scale Railroading
Topic: Narrow gage/Standard gage
Replies: 7
Views: 512

Re: Narrow gage/Standard gage

Most items were definitely smaller. That was the appeal of 3' gauge was that you had smaller equipment which would allow you to turn tighter curves, make smaller tunnels, use lighter rails, and also not have to clear nearly as wide a roadbed or use as long of crossties. Some of the D&RGW locomotives...
by Pontiacguy1
Tue Apr 17, 2018 7:29 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Tips for a newbie
Replies: 17
Views: 1357

Re: Tips for a newbie

Most people eventually want some type of large locomotive... 4-8-4s, 2-10-2s, Berkshires, Pacifics, etc... Just realize that for most people, that is a the realization of their ultimate goal in the hobby. Most usually start out with some small electric or gas-mechanical something, not with a huge st...
by Pontiacguy1
Mon Apr 16, 2018 7:44 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Passing of Doug Van Veelen
Replies: 5
Views: 1161

Re: Passing of Doug Van Veelen

What is that locomotive in the picture? Looks interesting.