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by jscarmozza
Fri May 31, 2019 5:10 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Blue Gem Coal
Replies: 6
Views: 567

Re: Blue Gem Coal

Dan, I was talking to Adam today and he tried a bag of blue gem in his engine and had the same experience as kbarnett above, heavy smoke and it fouled his flues.
John
by jscarmozza
Thu May 30, 2019 3:05 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Blue Gem Coal
Replies: 6
Views: 567

Re: Blue Gem Coal

That's the real life experience I was looking for, thank you.
John
by jscarmozza
Thu May 30, 2019 9:01 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Blue Gem Coal
Replies: 6
Views: 567

Blue Gem Coal

I recently found out about the Blue Gem coal seam in KY, and that the coal is very high quality, high carbon, low sulfur and ash. Does anyone have have knowledge of its properties or experience using this coal to fire a live steam engine? Thanks, John
by jscarmozza
Mon May 27, 2019 2:33 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Suspension problems
Replies: 36
Views: 2951

Re: Suspension problems

Quick update on the performance of my engine since adjusting the weight on the wheels: it ran 100% better, still slipped a little, but I was able to pull 7 cars, one with an adult and child on board. It's not perfect but it pulls much better than ever before. John P.s. Thanks for the good advice Mic...
by jscarmozza
Sat May 18, 2019 7:35 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Suspension problems
Replies: 36
Views: 2951

Re: Suspension problems

I couldn't access the spring hangers to shorten them as per Michael's recommendation, with the LE assembly method I couldn't do it with the boiler in place. What I did was remove the trailing truck (again) and shorten the adjustable hangers between the rear driver leaf spring and trailing truck walk...
by jscarmozza
Thu May 16, 2019 6:15 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Suspension problems
Replies: 36
Views: 2951

Re: Suspension problems

The following are the observations I made experimenting with the adjustments available on my 1" LE Atlantic without making any modifications to the plan dimensioned parts.I moved the trailing truck walking beam pins to the front holes, it only shifted 10 lbs from the leading truck to the front drive...
by jscarmozza
Thu May 16, 2019 9:58 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Suspension problems
Replies: 36
Views: 2951

Re: Suspension problems

I weighed each axle as per Trainman's video: Lead Tr front 35 lbs Lead Tr rear 35 lbs Front Dr 90 lbs Rear Dr 65 lbs Trailing Tr 60 lbs With a total engine weight of 285 lbs, roughly 25% of the weight is carried by the leading truck, only 54% (32% & 22%) by the two drivers and 21% by the trailing tr...
by jscarmozza
Wed May 15, 2019 2:32 pm
Forum: Welding
Topic: Phoson 0 brazing rod
Replies: 13
Views: 1974

Re: Phoson 0 brazing rod

Thanks guys. John
by jscarmozza
Tue May 14, 2019 6:59 pm
Forum: Welding
Topic: Phoson 0 brazing rod
Replies: 13
Views: 1974

Re: Phoson 0 brazing rod

Bill, what is the correct silver solder to use on a boiler?
John
by jscarmozza
Tue May 14, 2019 3:30 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Suspension problems
Replies: 36
Views: 2951

Re: Suspension problems

I just came in from working on my engine, read the posts, and went back to check a few things. I can get over 3/16" lift on a leading truck wheel before seeing the front driver begin to lift, so I guess that's good. I didn't move the trailing truck walking beam pin forward yet, I want to do it and w...
by jscarmozza
Mon May 13, 2019 5:00 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Suspension problems
Replies: 36
Views: 2951

Re: Suspension problems

Do you have any idea how he did it? I've been working on it all day today...very difficult, and I really don't know what I'm doing.
by jscarmozza
Mon May 13, 2019 7:16 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Suspension problems
Replies: 36
Views: 2951

Suspension problems

I need advice on how to properly balance the wheel loads on my 1" LE Atlantic, the drivers are slipping badly. Is the purpose of the equalized suspension just to maintain wheel contact with the rails, or is it also a means to adjust the weight distribution on the wheels? If it is a means to adjust t...