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by Soot n' Cinders
Mon Jan 14, 2019 1:15 pm
Forum: Build Log
Topic: Building the 2.5" Scale Shay
Replies: 747
Views: 109600

Re: Building the 2.5" Scale Shay

Thanks Tristan, I'm not sure what a scarf joint is but it looks like I'll have to do the same. LOL A scarf joint is just cutting the ends of the mating boards at a shallow enough angle to give the glue good surface contact. On mine. The scarf is centered over a screw hole so the mounted board also ...
by Soot n' Cinders
Mon Jan 14, 2019 12:53 pm
Forum: Build Log
Topic: Building the 2.5" Scale Shay
Replies: 747
Views: 109600

Re: Building the 2.5" Scale Shay

Very nice. Thank you! One more question, Where did you purchase your wood for the running boards? I cant find any sources that will offer 6+ feet for the fireman's side. Thanks, B You’re welcome Brian! The wood is reused red oak floorboards. My fireman’s side boards aren’t one continuous piece eith...
by Soot n' Cinders
Mon Jan 14, 2019 12:04 pm
Forum: Build Log
Topic: Building the 2.5" Scale Shay
Replies: 747
Views: 109600

Re: Building the 2.5" Scale Shay

Looking good! how did you do the curve sections? just bent it around a piece of pipe? Yep! I clamped the sheet between a piece of angle iron and a pipe a little smaller than the desired diameter, and then I used a crescent wrench to roll the pipe and sheet against the bench till its roughly the ben...
by Soot n' Cinders
Mon Jan 14, 2019 11:36 am
Forum: Build Log
Topic: Building the 2.5" Scale Shay
Replies: 747
Views: 109600

Re: Building the 2.5" Scale Shay

So its been a while since Ive posted anything here... I've been busily working away on the water tank for the shay. I settled on using 18ga galvanized steel for the tank and then sealing it with plumbers solder. This seemed the most cost effective route with a proven service life from other locomoti...
by Soot n' Cinders
Fri Jan 11, 2019 11:50 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Steam in Nashville
Replies: 26
Views: 1859

Re: Steam in Nashville

G&W and the state of Georgia have invested a lot in the C&C track. Track speeds are back up to where they were years back and rising. But for the trains we run mostly, 630 more than enough, but we have the 4501 running so it goes there, much better on those trips than the local, plus the stoker is ...
by Soot n' Cinders
Thu Jan 10, 2019 10:04 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Steam in Nashville
Replies: 26
Views: 1859

Re: Steam in Nashville

I cant imagine them trying to take 576 down to Summerville.... That track was pretty rough last time I rode that trip and Im not sure the bridges could stand the extra weight. For just the locomotive sans tender, 576 outweighs 4501 by around 130,000lbs
by Soot n' Cinders
Wed Jan 09, 2019 12:57 pm
Forum: Build Log
Topic: 2-1/2" NG class A shay.
Replies: 206
Views: 48840

Re: 2-1/2" NG class A shay.

Wow! Your mounts are fancier than mine. I just dressed up some angle iron
by Soot n' Cinders
Tue Jan 08, 2019 3:41 pm
Forum: Build Log
Topic: 2-1/2" NG class A shay.
Replies: 206
Views: 48840

Re: 2-1/2" NG class A shay.

Looking good Brian! Interesting to see the different interpretations everyone is building off of Johns drawings and castings
by Soot n' Cinders
Thu Jan 03, 2019 3:20 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Green velvet oil
Replies: 13
Views: 1238

Re: Green velvet oil

5gal is how youre going to find any other steam oil though. Mobil Super 600 and Chevron Cylinder W both come in 5gal as the smallest size. Ive drifted away from Green Velvet myself because of availability issues and ease of replacing with other products. I do wish their soda grease was still availab...
by Soot n' Cinders
Mon Dec 24, 2018 12:28 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Steam cylinder oil
Replies: 10
Views: 872

Re: Steam cylinder oil

Theres no real tallow in it anymore, its all synthetic fats now.
by Soot n' Cinders
Sat Dec 22, 2018 2:21 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Steam cylinder oil
Replies: 10
Views: 872

Re: Steam cylinder oil

Mobil Super 600 is a good cylinder oil. I use Chevron Cylinder W 460 because my neighbor is a chevron dealer and it’s comparable to Mobil 600
by Soot n' Cinders
Sat Dec 15, 2018 12:17 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Hydro Test
Replies: 23
Views: 1842

Re: Hydro Test

A friend of mine is a boiler inspector and he says common practice in the refinery boilers is hydro to the setting of the upper safety. Over pressuring while cold could actually damage the boiler