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by DianneB
Thu Dec 13, 2018 7:33 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Penberthy Injector question
Replies: 9
Views: 479

Re: Penberthy Injector question

I had both a 3/8 and a 1/2 inch Penberthy on my 1/2 scale traction engine and neither had any trouble lifting 2 feet.

Having minimal resistance in the discharge is also important so I think what you loose on one hand you will make up for on the other.
by DianneB
Wed Dec 05, 2018 8:06 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Illuminating Water Glass?
Replies: 8
Views: 699

Re: Illuminating Water Glass?

FLSTEAM wrote:
Tue Dec 04, 2018 4:39 pm
I tried an LED on my site glass only to find out it couldn't take the heat. John B
How close to the glass was your LED?
by DianneB
Wed Dec 05, 2018 8:04 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Night Running & Lights?
Replies: 23
Views: 1697

Re: Night Running & Lights?

Thanks for all the suggestions folks! We have only a simple track and don't run opposing movements but, if "overly bright" were a concern. I would have no reservations about adding a "low beam" switch but I don't expect to have THAT bright a light! Wolfgang: I may have to turn a reflector to fit my ...
by DianneB
Tue Dec 04, 2018 4:36 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Illuminating Water Glass?
Replies: 8
Views: 699

Re: Illuminating Water Glass?

Today's project was to make a "light strip" with LEDs.

I used a strip of Plexigas and drilled every 0.15" for small yellow LEDs. They are in 2 groups of 5 (to run on 12 volts). I'll mount it tomorrow and see how it looks.
Strip Illuminated.jpg
Strip Back.jpg
by DianneB
Tue Dec 04, 2018 7:26 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Night Running & Lights?
Replies: 23
Views: 1697

Re: Night Running & Lights?

What kind of "3 watt warm light LED" did you use? Was it an automotive bulb?
by DianneB
Mon Dec 03, 2018 2:17 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Illuminating Water Glass?
Replies: 8
Views: 699

Illuminating Water Glass?

The water glass in my LE American sits pretty low in the cab and can very hard to see in the shadows on a sunny day. Last winter I put in a larger diameter glass on an angle to make it easier to see but still needed a small 12 volt bulb behind it to see the water level. I experimented with LEDs and ...
by DianneB
Thu Nov 29, 2018 7:37 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Night Running & Lights?
Replies: 23
Views: 1697

Re: Night Running & Lights?

Wouldn't marker lights be considerably more modern than your locomotive? Yes, that's why I am thinking of just a kerosene lantern (which date back to 1846). I guess that wouldn't be too hard to freelance. One note on the cab lights, make sure the white ones are not too bright. I have tested the two...
by DianneB
Wed Nov 28, 2018 12:09 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Night Running & Lights?
Replies: 23
Views: 1697

Re: Night Running & Lights?

Make sure that whatever reflector you get can handle the heat. The Little Engine's American carries the head lamp high in front of the stack on brass brackets so I am hoping heat wont be a problem. I have had a cheap flashlight reflector in there for a few years and it is still okay. For the cab I ...
by DianneB
Wed Nov 28, 2018 7:58 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Night Running & Lights?
Replies: 23
Views: 1697

Night Running & Lights?

I am adding lighting for night running to my 1.5" scale American. I have a small 12 volt battery in the 'gas car'. Headlamp: I have up to 2.5" overall diameter for the headlamp and would prefer a 12 volt LED spot light. Sort of taking a tape measure from store to store and measuring all the flashlig...
by DianneB
Sat Nov 24, 2018 12:10 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: D valves not seating - how do I fix?
Replies: 10
Views: 1092

Re: D valves not seating - how do I fix?

.... Or could something else be causing this problem? Before you get into D valve seating you need to confirm that is the problem. A likely problem could be timing that is off and for that you need to open the valve chests and be sure the valves are centred over the ports in neutral gear. Since you...
by DianneB
Sat Nov 24, 2018 6:28 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Steam-operated cylinder drains
Replies: 13
Views: 1692

Re: Steam-operated cylinder drains

Asteamhead: That looks like a nice valve but it's kind of complicated for a rube like me! Fred_V: Interesting design but requires cylinder pressure or a spring to be "self-opening" at zero pressure. BillShields: You link doesn't work for me :( I haven't come up with anything better myself (yet). I'd...
by DianneB
Wed Nov 21, 2018 9:01 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Steam-operated cylinder drains
Replies: 13
Views: 1692

Re: Steam-operated cylinder drains

I hope to hear from him! ;)