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by Soot n' Cinders
Thu Feb 07, 2019 11:04 pm
Forum: Build Log
Topic: Building the 2.5" Scale Shay
Replies: 761
Views: 115270

Re: Building the 2.5" Scale Shay

No pictures tonight, but all of the side rivets are in and the bottom is held in place with some screws and nuts. One side didnt line up like I thought it was going to, but nothing a drill bit cant fix. I also need to drill the holes for the 3 sides of the coal bunker. In addition to that, I found t...
by Soot n' Cinders
Wed Feb 06, 2019 10:35 am
Forum: Build Log
Topic: Building the 2.5" Scale Shay
Replies: 761
Views: 115270

Re: Building the 2.5" Scale Shay

I am about to start the "solder sealing" step on the water legs of the tender I am building and wanted to know, do you use a big soldering iron or a torch for heat? I used a torch for heating. I use a butane micro torch for most stuff since it’s easier to control and keep from burning the flux, but...
by Soot n' Cinders
Tue Feb 05, 2019 12:40 pm
Forum: Build Log
Topic: Building the 2.5" Scale Shay
Replies: 761
Views: 115270

Re: Building the 2.5" Scale Shay

Lots more rivets are set now, almost throw the first batch of 950 rivets with another 1000 on the way. The sides are almost done with just the upper row on the engineers side left to go. Then I’ll go in with flux and solder and seal up the vertical seams. Interestingly enough, I’ve found that tinnin...
by Soot n' Cinders
Sun Feb 03, 2019 1:24 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Injector Questions
Replies: 5
Views: 465

Re: Injector Questions

Also, too small of a water feed line will also mess up an injector. I had too small of a filter on my injectors and while they would put water in the boiler, probably 20% went on the ground. Granted mine are up in the lifting position, but switching to a larger filter corrected the problems and the ...
by Soot n' Cinders
Thu Jan 24, 2019 9:56 am
Forum: Build Log
Topic: Building the 2.5" Scale Shay
Replies: 761
Views: 115270

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 ...
by Soot n' Cinders
Wed Jan 23, 2019 12:06 pm
Forum: Build Log
Topic: Building the 2.5" Scale Shay
Replies: 761
Views: 115270

Re: Building the 2.5" Scale Shay

On other thing Im considering is how to increase fuel efficiency, since a 2 mile round trip on my home club track takes a little over 1/2 a milk crate full of wood, which adds up over the course of a weekend. Im wondering if a firebox arch would help, or if I just need to give up on wood as a reaso...
by Soot n' Cinders
Wed Jan 23, 2019 11:26 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Firebox Arch?
Replies: 8
Views: 1087

Re: Firebox Arch?

Ok, lots of things to take in this morning! So a few responses... I dont need to worry about getting the arch in and out through the door nor do I need worry about punching the tubes from the rear. Being a Shay, the bottom of the firebox has no obstructions so things can easily go through the bottom...
by Soot n' Cinders
Tue Jan 22, 2019 10:49 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Firebox Arch?
Replies: 8
Views: 1087

Firebox Arch?

I've been thinking about putting an arch in my shay's firebox to increase fuel efficiency, especially when burning wood. To me it seems like it eats way more wood than it should compared to coal, especially considering my wood is good cabinetry oak and maple scraps and my coal is some dirty alabama ...
by Soot n' Cinders
Tue Jan 22, 2019 5:53 pm
Forum: Build Log
Topic: Building the 2.5" Scale Shay
Replies: 761
Views: 115270

Re: Building the 2.5" Scale Shay

Is there a reason not to use a pneumatic hammer for setting rivets? Or is this just working with what was on hand? The rivets are only copper, so an air hammer would be overkill. Plus it wouldnt fit down in the water legs either. I could set them faster with the hammer Im using if I really hit them...
by Soot n' Cinders
Tue Jan 22, 2019 5:13 pm
Forum: Build Log
Topic: Building the 2.5" Scale Shay
Replies: 761
Views: 115270

Re: Building the 2.5" Scale Shay

More updates on the shay tank. The top is mostly cut, the hole for the fill hatch and the opening for the steam siphon stand pipe are all that remain. 01023aeeed2a42256a5f461b4a919074d15da74208.jpg With the the top and bottom cut and bolted down, I decided to give the tank a load test to make sure n...
by Soot n' Cinders
Mon Jan 21, 2019 8:54 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Seeking Superscale-type fast start injector valve
Replies: 5
Views: 654

Re: Seeking Superscale-type fast start injector valve

I just bought 5/16" straight globe valves from PM Research and machined the threads off of the valve stem. Have not steam tested yet, but they seal up nicely on air and theyre effectively the same as the SuperScale starting valves
by Soot n' Cinders
Mon Jan 21, 2019 1:28 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Seeking pics/details for dome sander valves on logging locos
Replies: 5
Views: 784

Re: Seeking pics/details for dome sander valves on logging locos

What about manual sanders like so many logging locomotives had?