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by makinsmoke
Tue Sep 29, 2020 5:21 pm
Forum: Build Log
Topic: Couple of Shorties
Replies: 135
Views: 31125

Re: Couple of Shorties

Unless you had an entire train of stock cars, they were usually pulled up front to reduce injury due to slack action.

Empty cars, no problem.

Take care,
Brian
by makinsmoke
Sun Sep 13, 2020 7:43 pm
Forum: Riding Scale Railroading
Topic: Caboose door castings in 1/8 scale?
Replies: 1
Views: 491

Re: Caboose door castings in 1/8 scale?

Don’t fear doors. They are easy. Go to Hobby Lobby and buy precut basswood strips ince you know what you need. Build the doors in three layers. Top and bottom layers are identical. Framed just like a real door. The bottom middle is a bottom panel, top middle is glass, Lexan, plexiglass, whatever. Yo...
by makinsmoke
Mon Aug 24, 2020 4:49 pm
Forum: Build Log
Topic: 3/4" Scale J1e
Replies: 429
Views: 137425

Re: 3/4" Scale J1e

That’s beautiful Jack. And yes, a visit to Jeff Smith’s website is well worth your time to drool over his products. Here is a link to RrPuctures.net website and a cab photo of Santa Fe 5011. I know I have good photos of the interior of the 940 but can’t find them at this moment. http://www.rrpicture...
by makinsmoke
Mon Aug 17, 2020 7:14 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Kunkle safety valves
Replies: 15
Views: 3675

Re: Kunkle safety valves

Thanks Gents!
by makinsmoke
Mon Aug 17, 2020 7:13 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Diesel window trim
Replies: 3
Views: 1216

Re: Diesel window trim

McMaster Carr carries many sizes.
by makinsmoke
Fri Aug 14, 2020 7:21 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Kunkle safety valves
Replies: 15
Views: 3675

Kunkle safety valves

I have a friend trying to communicate with the Kunkle folks. Not being an engineer or steam pressure vessel expert he is having a difficult time. We know the working pressure of the boiler and other obvious things, but apparently Kunkle needs something called Pounds per Hour. Is anyone available tha...
by makinsmoke
Fri Aug 14, 2020 7:16 am
Forum: Riding Scale Railroading
Topic: Ballast for RR Work.
Replies: 3
Views: 1449

Re: Ballast for RR Work.

We switched from 1/2” to 3/4” on the C&IG and find it resists movement and stays in place better, and is cheaper.
by makinsmoke
Mon Jul 20, 2020 11:07 am
Forum: Build Log
Topic: 3/4" Scale J1e
Replies: 429
Views: 137425

Re: 3/4" Scale J1e

Santa Fe had flat steel sheet for the cab floor center, and under the seats. On top of the floors in the seat area were steam coils, and wood boards on top of that, with gaps in between to allow the heat to come up through the wood flooring. A separate steam valve for each side provided the engineer...
by makinsmoke
Mon Jul 20, 2020 10:59 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Re-light an oil burner
Replies: 27
Views: 7750

Re: Re-light an oil burner

Mike, This isn’t coal we are talking about. You can light diesel with a match if the air/fuel ratio is correct. I’ve used the little hand held lighters with the long noses. I think everyone migrated to the butane and MAP torches because they have a longer reach, saving your arm hair in a late reigni...
by makinsmoke
Wed Jul 15, 2020 7:35 am
Forum: Build Log
Topic: 3/4" Scale J1e
Replies: 429
Views: 137425

Re: 3/4" Scale J1e

Jack,
I love the idea of a front cab wall that stays put. What a great idea! Can't wait to see how you do it.
Brian
by makinsmoke
Wed Jul 15, 2020 7:30 am
Forum: Riding Scale Railroading
Topic: Water column
Replies: 9
Views: 2066

Re: Water column

As applied to Santa Fe 2-10-2 #940: Water column resize.jpg There is a a sheet metal and wire screen hinged cover over the sight glass as you can see. Its just to the left of the gauge light which is between the column and sight glass. it is a little harder to see the glass through the screen, but i...
by makinsmoke
Wed Jul 15, 2020 7:19 am
Forum: Riding Scale Railroading
Topic: Water column
Replies: 9
Views: 2066

Re: Water column

Baldwin Locomotive Works 12-4A drawing courtesy of John Moore:
Water column.JPG