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by makinsmoke
Thu Dec 14, 2017 4:22 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Locomotive classification lights and flags
Replies: 9
Views: 242

Re: Locomotive classification lights and flags

One quick point. A regularly scheduled train, or one on a timetable or schedule would not have any classification flags or lamps, unless it had following sections of the same train. In that case the flag or lamp would be green. So if the Santa Fe Fast Mail was running in two sections, the first engi...
by makinsmoke
Thu Dec 14, 2017 4:17 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Locomotive classification lights and flags
Replies: 9
Views: 242

Re: Locomotive classification lights and flags

Classification lamps and flags indicated the class of train, whereas marker lamps (red) indicated the end of the train, whether it was a train, caboose hop, or light engine. Engines running in reverse outside the yard were required to show red to the rear, in this case on the front of the engine. Cl...
by makinsmoke
Thu Dec 14, 2017 9:53 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Locomotive classification lights and flags
Replies: 9
Views: 242

Re: Locomotive classification lights and flags

Looks like white flags on that bad boy in the in service photo, imho. The standards are shorter than the ones in the museum photo.

Many flag standards had holes in the top to hold flags, many others were cast with brackets on the sides to hold lanterns.

Take care,
Brian
by makinsmoke
Wed Dec 13, 2017 6:49 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Slip Switch
Replies: 14
Views: 681

Re: Slip Switch

Just remember, One of the reasons rock ballast is used is to allow drainage of water down and out of the tie base. It's the same I'm model railroads outside. If you have a dirt, caliche or whatever base compacted, a layer of ballast, then your track and ties, with ballast in between but not over the...
by makinsmoke
Wed Dec 13, 2017 9:10 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Slip Switch
Replies: 14
Views: 681

Re: Slip Switch

Call Mike after 6:00 pm Eastern.

It's not 135.00 from him.
by makinsmoke
Tue Dec 12, 2017 10:25 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Slip Switch
Replies: 14
Views: 681

Re: Slip Switch

The C&IG has had mixed results with concrete ties over the past decades. Yes, rebar in the casting is critical. We have some that even have two bars. Screw inserts are placed in the tie as the concrete sets. The concrete mix is critical. Many have broken over time. Currently we are installing pl...
by makinsmoke
Tue Dec 12, 2017 10:16 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Slip Switch
Replies: 14
Views: 681

Re: Slip Switch

The WB&S has a double slip switch in operation.

I believe the Engineering Handbook sold by
Railroad Supply has a diagram of how one is built.
by makinsmoke
Sun Dec 10, 2017 9:15 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Train brakes for the little Mogul
Replies: 30
Views: 2042

Re: Train brakes for the little Mogul

I would think with a train attached you would use train brakes, and engine brakes when running light.

Not sure of the advantages of using the engine brake only when trying to stop or slow your train.

Maybe I'm misunderstanding something.
by makinsmoke
Thu Dec 07, 2017 9:33 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Train brakes for the little Mogul
Replies: 30
Views: 2042

Re: Train brakes for the little Mogul

I believe Bill S has posted or offered drawings for
the equalized brake gear on the Allen ten wheeler.

Other Allen locos should be easy to do.
by makinsmoke
Wed Nov 29, 2017 4:14 pm
Forum: Riding Scale Railroading
Topic: Hydraulic controls?
Replies: 10
Views: 390

Re: Hydraulic controls?

Make sure you have enough slack in the cable through the entire swing of the riding car front versus the locomotive. I had a similar system on my three truck goose. Swinging through the arc would actually move the cable at the transmission end speeding up the locomotive. FYI, the Lil Gasser setup mo...
by makinsmoke
Fri Nov 17, 2017 9:21 am
Forum: Build Log
Topic: Building the 2.5" Scale Shay
Replies: 657
Views: 68977

Re: Building the 2.5" Scale Shay

Nice work!
by makinsmoke
Fri Nov 17, 2017 9:14 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Blower
Replies: 41
Views: 1913

Re: Blower

The Santa Fe had a valve shutoff just upstream of the steam firing manifold. A line from a valve below and in front of the cab went into the firing manifold. The shop would close the steam input valve and attach shop air to the outside connection, providing air (heck they could have been using shop ...

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