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by Dick_Morris
Fri Nov 01, 2019 6:26 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Steam railroading to return to Alaska!
Replies: 133
Views: 52829

Re: Steam railroading to return to Alaska!

October was another productive month. Parts are being put back together and much progress was made. The latest progress report is at http://www.557.alaskarails.org/restore/progress-reports/2019_10/index.html. Not to limit himself to the preservation of a single locomotive, Project Manager Patrick Du...
by Dick_Morris
Thu Oct 24, 2019 10:12 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Which steam pump would you build?
Replies: 25
Views: 2415

Re: Which steam pump would you build?

@Dick_Morris Do you happen to know what issue had the corrected information on the BSCSP? So far I only have up to April 85.
September 85, page 60.
by Dick_Morris
Wed Oct 23, 2019 11:28 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Which steam pump would you build?
Replies: 25
Views: 2415

Re: Which steam pump would you build?

Be advised that some errors were corrected on the BSCSP pump a couple of months after the initial article.
by Dick_Morris
Tue Oct 22, 2019 7:50 am
Forum: Riding Scale Railroading
Topic: Lathe for turning wheels
Replies: 34
Views: 3080

Re: Lathe for turning wheels

I've had 6" and 12" Craftsman/Atlas lathes and a 12"x36" Asian (Taiwan?) lathe. The Asian lathe was far heavier and more rigid than the others and a better choice for wheels. A few years ago I did a run of 32 car wheels on the Asian lathe without problems. Note that one way to decrease chatter is to...
by Dick_Morris
Tue Oct 22, 2019 7:28 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Truck history
Replies: 7
Views: 1107

Re: Truck history

It's been a while since I looked at it, but my recollection is that White's book on railroad passenger cars (not on the Internet, though) has information on the development of trucks.
by Dick_Morris
Fri Oct 04, 2019 6:07 pm
Forum: Riding Scale Railroading
Topic: 0-6-0 diesel yard switcher
Replies: 11
Views: 1632

Re: 0-6-0 diesel yard switcher

Then you have all the advantages of an 0-4-0 with the added traction of an 0-6-0.
Everything I've read says the weight on the drivers is primarily what affects traction. Adding wheels without adding weight shouldn't make a significant difference.
by Dick_Morris
Wed Oct 02, 2019 3:26 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Southern Pacific Blueprints
Replies: 4
Views: 1352

Re: Southern Pacific Blueprints

Norfolk Southern Historical Society also has a number of suppliers' accessory drawings that were redrawn by the RR for their internal use.

Steamtown has an extensive collection of Nathan drawings.
by Dick_Morris
Tue Oct 01, 2019 5:32 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Steam railroading to return to Alaska!
Replies: 133
Views: 52829

Re: Steam railroading to return to Alaska!

With adequate funds we could do steam tests late next year and operational tests the following year. Without adequate funds we will work on it at a slower pace.
by Dick_Morris
Mon Sep 30, 2019 4:24 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Steam railroading to return to Alaska!
Replies: 133
Views: 52829

Re: Steam railroading to return to Alaska!

September was a very busy and productive month for the Engine 557 restoration. Test fitting the accessories on the backhead is just one of the accomplishments chronicled in the the most recent status report. It, and previous reports can be reached at http://www.557.alaskarails.org/restore/index.html.
by Dick_Morris
Fri Sep 27, 2019 5:06 pm
Forum: Build Log
Topic: USATC S-160 Consolidation
Replies: 47
Views: 27079

Re: USATC S-160 Consolidation

Glenn - The short answer is yes. I have two 3D printers which use different technologies, both bought within the past three months. (These things have become unbelievable cheap - I paid about $275 each. The total cost for both was $100 less than I spent on my first dot matrix printer 35 years ago.) ...
by Dick_Morris
Fri Sep 27, 2019 4:14 am
Forum: Build Log
Topic: USATC S-160 Consolidation
Replies: 47
Views: 27079

Re: USATC S-160 Consolidation

VOG has been at it again. This is what he did with the 3D drawing we used to make a replacement builder's plate for the prototype Alaska Railroad #557. I got a copy and sent it to him and this is what his efforts produced at 1/8 scale, 1.125" diameter. He has a video of it being produced at https://...
by Dick_Morris
Fri Sep 27, 2019 3:06 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Modified D-valve dimensions from print
Replies: 16
Views: 3269

Re: Modified D-valve dimensions from print

Just thinking - I I were to use the "sandwich" with the steam chest holding the plate in place I might use a couple of taper pins or tight fitting rust proof pins to ensure that the plate would return to the same location if it moved when the steam chests have to be removed.