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by Dick_Morris
Wed Mar 20, 2019 10:04 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Women in the hobby?
Replies: 37
Views: 789

Re: Women in the hobby?

Women in the hobby makes me think of Pam "Hudson Honey" who was regular poster here and a skilled machinist. She has apparently gone on to other pursuits.
by Dick_Morris
Sun Mar 17, 2019 6:13 pm
Forum: Riding Scale Railroading
Topic: Need storage ideas!
Replies: 8
Views: 421

Re: Need storage ideas!

Some brainstorming - How about shelves along the entire length of one wall with a lift mounted on the side of one bay? Use a sideways transfer of cars from the lift to the shelf. The lift would be on vertical tracks (Unistrut?) mounted to the shelf. With hinges and couple of cables to provide suppor...
by Dick_Morris
Wed Mar 13, 2019 9:04 pm
Forum: Riding Scale Railroading
Topic: Old boxcar plans?
Replies: 11
Views: 337

Re: Old boxcar plans?

Try the 1879 Car Builder's Dictionary at Archive.org. https://archive.org/details/carbuildersdict00assogoog/page/n225 https://archive.org/details/carbuildersdict00assogoog/page/n243 (about ten pages of drawings) Railway car Construction by Voss https://books.google.com/books?id=ucM1AQAAMAAJ&printsec...
by Dick_Morris
Wed Feb 27, 2019 5:07 pm
Forum: Riding Scale Railroading
Topic: Inexpensive 7.5" trucks?
Replies: 7
Views: 762

Re: Inexpensive 7.5" trucks?

Dianne - You kicked off a thread in 2014 where a Bob Maynard article on utility trucks was mentioned. The thread mentions and my recollection is that there was an arch bar version. It didn't give the date and I don't have it, but someone may be able to supply you with a copy. http://www.chaski.org/h...
by Dick_Morris
Sun Feb 24, 2019 4:48 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Disney American
Replies: 416
Views: 77100

Re: Disney American

I bought a set of eight WIHA drivers along with a separate 4.5mm within the last six months or so. I think from Amazon. My recollection is that there was more than one set offered so make sure you get the right one.
by Dick_Morris
Wed Feb 20, 2019 9:14 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Disney American
Replies: 416
Views: 77100

Re: Disney American

You can get flat low temperature silver bearing solder. The stuff I have is .250" x .004. Sometimes that is the solution to soldering small parts. Mine came from Ebay, Vulcan's Workshop.
by Dick_Morris
Mon Feb 11, 2019 1:09 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Power Reverser questions
Replies: 20
Views: 2414

Re: Power Reverser questions

As others have said, the steam reverse is just a type of servo. When a movement of the Johnson bar is detected, a valve opens to allow air to a piston until the position of the reversed reach rod is again the same as the reverser piston. For their power reverse gear, Baldwin (which was based on Rayo...
by Dick_Morris
Wed Feb 06, 2019 5:17 pm
Forum: Riding Scale Railroading
Topic: Looking for info about high-speed caboose trucks
Replies: 4
Views: 712

Re: Looking for info about high-speed caboose trucks

From what I've seen, caboose trucks typically had a shorter wheel base than passenger car trucks and had fewer sets of leaf springs. Axles and journals were probably smaller as well, but that is a more subtle difference.
by Dick_Morris
Sat Feb 02, 2019 9:36 pm
Forum: Riding Scale Railroading
Topic: Pacific Fruit Express Reefer Kits - 1½" & 1" Scale
Replies: 70
Views: 10108

Re: Pacific Fruit Express Reefer Kits - 1½" & 1" Scale

A friend made a car from MDO (medium density overlay). Exterior plywood with a smooth, resin impregnated, paper-like coating. It's used for highway signs, so should withstand the weather well.
by Dick_Morris
Fri Jan 25, 2019 12:14 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: How Can I Determine Threads
Replies: 8
Views: 963

Re: How Can I Determine Threads

If they are tapered, they are probably model taper pipe. 5/16-40 is a relatively new variation on MTP threads. http://www.americanmodeleng.com/id13.html If they are straight, it is likely that they are UK fittings using 40 or 32 tpi model engineer threads. Watch out for the thread angle, I believe t...
by Dick_Morris
Sat Jan 19, 2019 8:38 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: 4-4-0 Baldwin Information Needed
Replies: 13
Views: 1623

Re: 4-4-0 Baldwin Information Needed

24 is 15" bore, 26 is 16" bore from the catalog. I wonder if 25 is 15-1/2" bore? The fraction appears to indicate the number and arrangement of the trucks.
by Dick_Morris
Fri Jan 18, 2019 11:33 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: 4-4-0 Baldwin Information Needed
Replies: 13
Views: 1623

Re: 4-4-0 Baldwin Information Needed

It appears that something may be missing from your BLW class designation. These pages are from an 1881 BLW catalog. Baldwin used this Byzantine classification scheme until about 1940. Note that many different designs will fall into the same class, including different gauges and locomotives with insi...