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by DianneB
Thu Mar 29, 2018 5:57 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Equalizing process and "faking-it-out"
Replies: 12
Views: 1209

Re: Equalizing process and "faking-it-out"

I run an older LE American and the equalizing is almost a necessity! The 4-4-0 is so shy on traction that I couldn't get up-grade out of the steaming bays until I cleaned up the suspension and got it all working freely. I even added a "weight-transfer" drawbar to transfer some of the rider's weight ...
by DianneB
Fri Mar 09, 2018 11:41 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Do you guys do wooden parts on your mill/drill or metal lathe?
Replies: 36
Views: 1808

Re: Do you guys do wooden parts on your mill/drill or metal lathe?

I have done wood in my mini-mill and the only problem I had was burning milling tools. Don't know why they burned.
by DianneB
Tue Mar 06, 2018 6:54 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Steam operated cylinder drains?
Replies: 8
Views: 1010

Re: Steam operated cylinder drains?

Thanks for the discussion folks; it was very informative. After careful research and deliberation I decided to overhaul and modify my existing steam-operated drains. I don't know who made them but I managed to reduce the height, re-packed the pistons so they move more freely and hopefully don't stic...
by DianneB
Mon Mar 05, 2018 12:23 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Steam operated cylinder drains?
Replies: 8
Views: 1010

Re: Steam operated cylinder drains?

Unfortunately my cylinders were tapped 1/4-28 for the drains. Don't know if I want to re-tap them ......
by DianneB
Sun Mar 04, 2018 9:58 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Steam operated cylinder drains?
Replies: 8
Views: 1010

Steam operated cylinder drains?

Has anybody build the drains shown here? http://modelengineeringwebsite.com/Drain_cocks.html

Do they work well? Any "tweaks" to improve the design?
by DianneB
Fri Mar 02, 2018 8:01 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Push/pull control cables?
Replies: 16
Views: 1370

Push/pull control cables?

Has anybody used small push/pull cables on a locomotive? Where did you get it and how to determine the size? I want to fit manual cylinder drains on my 1-1/2" American but the route from the cab to the pilot is convoluted so it would be easier to activate the drains with a flexible cable than a whol...
by DianneB
Sat Dec 16, 2017 1:38 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Cole's Worthington pup question?
Replies: 15
Views: 1045

Re: Cole's Worthington pup question?

I have a legal copy of CAD software compatible with Autodesk CAD. I lost my legal access to Autodesk when I retired. NP317 - that's a neat idea! I don't think it would be a free-bee considering how much work I have put into this drawing - probably 4 full days so far. The work of redrawing in CAD is ...
by DianneB
Fri Dec 15, 2017 11:59 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Cole's Worthington pup question?
Replies: 15
Views: 1045

Re: Cole's Worthington pup question?

I think I may just offer paper copies (with a Coles copyright) just to keep things under control. Have already found a couple of measurement errors on the original drawings - one obviously wrong and another "just a little bit wrong" but not enough to effect function. I just may hang on to the drawin...
by DianneB
Thu Dec 14, 2017 4:40 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Cole's Worthington pup question?
Replies: 15
Views: 1045

Re: Cole's Worthington pup question?

Dianne, Looks like you are duplicating the 2D drawings That's what I am doing - duplicating 2D and doing 3 views of each part. I have worked in 3D to make some relatively simple parts on my 3D printer and investment castings but nothing even remotely this complicated! That is a "learning curve" I d...
by DianneB
Thu Dec 14, 2017 2:33 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Cole's Worthington pup question?
Replies: 15
Views: 1045

Re: Cole's Worthington pup question?

Geez, I should start charging for these and get something for my time! :shock: (Just kidding :wink: )
by DianneB
Thu Dec 14, 2017 12:24 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Cole's Worthington pup question?
Replies: 15
Views: 1045

Re: Cole's Worthington pup question?

Sure Russ, I will share. Cole's is out of business so it isn't hurting them any.
by DianneB
Thu Dec 14, 2017 11:35 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Cole's Worthington pup question?
Replies: 15
Views: 1045

Cole's Worthington pup question?

I have been transcribing the drawings for Cole's Worthington pump to AutoCAD to get everything straight in my mind before I start building one, particularly the porting. I am good on everything EXCEPT the front passage from the water cylinder to the vertical 1/8" passage that joins the inlet and dis...