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by Soot n' Cinders
Wed Jul 18, 2018 8:20 pm
Forum: Build Log
Topic: Building the 2.5" Scale Shay
Replies: 699
Views: 86534

Re: Building the 2.5" Scale Shay

I think you have the wrong thread Fender... More fiddling done today on the shay, valve should be here tomorrow. I have an idea on how I’m going to do my blower, going to start with a simple elbow with a short nipple attached and go from there. Playing with it on compressed air it seems to draft pre...
by Soot n' Cinders
Tue Jul 17, 2018 8:16 pm
Forum: Build Log
Topic: Building the 2.5" Scale Shay
Replies: 699
Views: 86534

Re: Building the 2.5" Scale Shay

Im getting bad at remembering to update this... Too much time spent at work I guess lol. Either way, the petticoats now have a frame and are bolted inside the smokebox. Put my PVC test stack on as well and ran some air through the engine and it seems to have plenty of draft, so hopefully she'll have...
by Soot n' Cinders
Wed Jul 11, 2018 9:06 pm
Forum: Build Log
Topic: Building My 2.5" 20 Ton Shay
Replies: 9
Views: 780

Re: Building My 2.5" 20 Ton Shay

Id get the steady rest on there personally. For my crosshead guides I milled the bottoms flat and drilled the lower mounting holes, then I had a faceplate for the lathe with the same bolt pattern drilled and tapped in it. From there I used a live center in the tailstock to hold the casting steady so...
by Soot n' Cinders
Tue Jun 26, 2018 9:52 pm
Forum: Build Log
Topic: Building My 2.5" 20 Ton Shay
Replies: 9
Views: 780

Re: Building My 2.5" 20 Ton Shay

Tristan, I chose 1018 for the bars for the sharp square edges, but I traded ease of bending for final looks! The jig my grandfather made was very simple. It’s a block milled woth the proper angles for the bends with proper spacing, and is bolted to a heavy steel plate. I can probably re use his wit...
by Soot n' Cinders
Mon Jun 25, 2018 9:37 pm
Forum: Build Log
Topic: Building the 2.5" Scale Shay
Replies: 699
Views: 86534

Re: Building the 2.5" Scale Shay

After much head scratching, I finally spent the day hogging off metal and machining the smokestack base. The radius isnt exact, but neither is the diameter of the smokebox. I scribed a line matching the radius of the smokebox on the side of the base casting where I'd get a 3/16" thick flange. Then I...
by Soot n' Cinders
Mon Jun 25, 2018 9:31 pm
Forum: Build Log
Topic: Building My 2.5" 20 Ton Shay
Replies: 9
Views: 780

Re: Building My 2.5" 20 Ton Shay

Welcome to the 20t club!
I bent mine in my 20 ton press. The bars arent perfect, but they were close enough. Personally, I dont think making a jig is worth it for two trucks. If you were batch making freight car arches, thatd be a different story.
by Soot n' Cinders
Sun May 20, 2018 11:00 pm
Forum: Build Log
Topic: Building the 2.5" Scale Shay
Replies: 699
Views: 86534

Re: Building the 2.5" Scale Shay

Been a while since Ive posted an update here.... School kept me busy and Ive been running an experimental signal system at the railroad so both have cut into shay time, but things are moving a long. First the brake cylinder has been finished and mounted. Its a little stiff on air but I think it will...
by Soot n' Cinders
Mon Apr 23, 2018 10:27 am
Forum: Riding Scale Railroading
Topic: Narrow gage/Standard gage
Replies: 7
Views: 941

Re: Narrow gage/Standard gage

I know the East Broad Top was an oddity with this, a lot of rolling stock that they handled was standard gauge cars that had been fitted with 3ft gauge trucks.
by Soot n' Cinders
Mon Apr 09, 2018 10:39 am
Forum: Build Log
Topic: Building the 2.5" Scale Shay
Replies: 699
Views: 86534

Re: Building the 2.5" Scale Shay

I remember what I did, it just came back to me. What I did for the big gears was drill and counter bore the holes in the face of the gear with the mill, holding it by the factory hub. I then used screws to attach the gear to the fixture in the lathe and cut the factory hub off with a handheld band s...
by Soot n' Cinders
Sun Apr 08, 2018 2:02 pm
Forum: Build Log
Topic: Building the 2.5" Scale Shay
Replies: 699
Views: 86534

Re: Building the 2.5" Scale Shay

John, I bored the hole through the gear with the gear held on a fixture with bolts and then turned the lip by holding the gear through the center hole. I believe I used some spacers of soft metal between the jaws of the chuck and the gear so I could turn the whole of the lip, but I don’t remember fo...
by Soot n' Cinders
Fri Feb 23, 2018 12:01 am
Forum: Live Steam Marketplace
Topic: TAKING ORDERS FOR SAFETY AND STARTER VALVES
Replies: 8
Views: 1273

Re: TAKING ORDERS FOR SAFETY AND STARTER VALVES

125 and 130. Hope that tube isnt too much of a pain for you
And Id say theyre catching on! They nice looking and work well. Every pair I've seen snaps open and closed perfectly every time
by Soot n' Cinders
Thu Feb 22, 2018 11:09 pm
Forum: Live Steam Marketplace
Topic: TAKING ORDERS FOR SAFETY AND STARTER VALVES
Replies: 8
Views: 1273

Re: TAKING ORDERS FOR SAFETY AND STARTER VALVES

Any idea when the next run will be? Im going to need safeties for my shay in the next couple months but never received a PM or an email from you that this batch was ready. I dont check this section of the board much so I haven't found out till now