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by BClemens
Thu Dec 27, 2018 10:22 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Water treatment for iron boiler?
Replies: 24
Views: 2882

Re: Water treatment for iron boiler?

Also try to open up and dry all your piping, injector lines, and steam cylinders. I’ve found water pockets in all these places, sometimes years after last use. Well 'DANG' to that! The physics of mother nature are winning in all aspects - it's her desire to take everything to it's basic element. Ev...
by BClemens
Fri Dec 14, 2018 7:18 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Water treatment for iron boiler?
Replies: 24
Views: 2882

Re: Water treatment for iron boiler?

Marty Knox; you gave us some great advice recently in answer to these questions so maybe you will reiterate? The 'new place' is on a well and we are certain that it will need 'treatment' too... It has been tested as safe for humans - but probably not safe for our locomotive to 'drink'.
BC
by BClemens
Fri Dec 07, 2018 6:04 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Whistles
Replies: 20
Views: 2231

Re: Whistles

OK, i saw that at Ridge club last Feb. Beautiful engine. She's a sweetie. Marty brought her to Chesapeake & Allegheny Live Steamers track in Baltimore, MD (what a track!) where we ran the #17 for the demonstration - introduction/indoctrination - familiarization run. The 'sweet little' (1/2 ton) eng...
by BClemens
Thu Dec 06, 2018 10:42 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Whistles
Replies: 20
Views: 2231

Re: Whistles

There is an excellent article in Live Steam Magazine on the construction and tuning of steam whistles. I built a four chime one from the article and it sounds pretty nice. It is made using 1 1/2" brass tubing - it's about 10 - 11 inches long.... There is one on the Green Goddess that does that gurg...
by BClemens
Wed Dec 05, 2018 11:32 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Whistles
Replies: 20
Views: 2231

Re: Whistles

Would it be OK to copy and post that article from LS? I ask because because of the magazine being out of print for a while. BC Considering copyright, it likely wouldn't be acceptable. However, there are exceptions to the "rule". Perhaps one of the attorney's who frequent this board could offer a pr...
by BClemens
Wed Dec 05, 2018 5:29 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Whistles
Replies: 20
Views: 2231

Re: Whistles

Would it be OK to copy and post that article from LS? I ask because because of the magazine being out of print for a while.
BC
by BClemens
Wed Dec 05, 2018 5:26 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Whistles
Replies: 20
Views: 2231

Re: Whistles

Carl,
The whistle on the GG is under the firemans side cab - it trys to resemble an air tank. I'll try giving it a slight slant and see what happens next time we're steamed up.
Thanks, BC
by BClemens
Wed Dec 05, 2018 12:17 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: grey iron
Replies: 43
Views: 5374

Re: grey iron

I would be afraid of sand - it can melt. Then you'll have a glass coated casting. BC Oddly enough common sand and iron melt at about the same temperature, so if you haven't melted your casting you won't melt the sand. That depends on the sand, oddly enough.... Glass is still molten even as it hangs...
by BClemens
Tue Dec 04, 2018 7:37 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: grey iron
Replies: 43
Views: 5374

Re: grey iron

Fred, Sometimes an iron casting is cooled too quickly and the result is a 'chilled' casting. That is about as hard as Gray Iron will ever be but that doesn't make it ductile iron - it will become 'chilled' iron. As H_V explains; the conversion from Gray Iron to Ductile Iron is a high temperature pro...
by BClemens
Tue Dec 04, 2018 6:43 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: grey iron
Replies: 43
Views: 5374

Re: grey iron

You will never melt iron in a pottery kiln - so you could go for maximum temperature that the kiln is able to produce for a time period, then do a slow graduated cool down. The maximum temperature and 'soak' time will be variable accordingly with mass of the crystallized casting and max temperature ...
by BClemens
Tue Dec 04, 2018 5:02 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: grey iron
Replies: 43
Views: 5374

Re: grey iron

Thanks. I've been reading about super conducting; very interesting study. Are you any closer to having it work at room temp? The portion of science that we are involved with at the accelerator uses niobium for its cryogenic superconductivity characteristic because it is basically a perfect material...
by BClemens
Tue Dec 04, 2018 4:13 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: grey iron
Replies: 43
Views: 5374

Re: grey iron

Fred, I had a friend that had the same problem with a pile of castings and he fired up his wife's pottery kiln and left them in there for a period of time and then brought them down slowly with the timer and they were able to be machined. This was an electric system that could be controlled well. T...