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by ChuckHackett-844
Sun Dec 02, 2018 12:27 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Propane Quick Disconnectss
Replies: 19
Views: 1274

Re: Propane Quick Disconnectss

I use accetalyne gas quick disconnects for propane as they are designed for a reliable seal with fuel gases.

They are available at welding supply houses.
by ChuckHackett-844
Thu Nov 29, 2018 10:11 am
Forum: Riding Scale Railroading
Topic: Automatic Signals: How many tracks use them?
Replies: 13
Views: 922

Re: Automatic Signals: How many tracks use them?

Hmmm, it's been quiet on this subject ... I know there are at least 1/2 dozen tracks out there using full-time signals, including, I think Maricopa, LA ... and, of course Illinois Live-steamers (BDD? :-) ) ...

Everybody out Christmas shopping? :D
by ChuckHackett-844
Sun Nov 25, 2018 9:52 am
Forum: Riding Scale Railroading
Topic: Automatic Signals: How many tracks use them?
Replies: 13
Views: 922

Automatic Signals: How many tracks use them?

I'm wondering how many tracks (private, club, park scale, etc.) have automatic signal systems with track-circuit train detection, specifically, how many tracks have systems that: Support train separation only (i.e.: not bi-directional) Support full-time bi-directional running (predominately passing ...
by ChuckHackett-844
Sat Nov 03, 2018 5:56 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Threading to a shoulder?
Replies: 15
Views: 1805

Re: Threading to a shoulder?

Can you make the male part longer to get more thread? You might be able to grind the back side of the die to get closer (don't suppose you have a surface grinder?). Since you said that you reversed the die I assume that this us not a pipe thread. You could turn off the hex from the male, thread the ...
by ChuckHackett-844
Wed Oct 31, 2018 4:01 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Pre heating boiler water
Replies: 38
Views: 3408

Re: Pre heating boiler water

In my old Hudson (now sold) I had 6 or 7 (can't remember exactly) 1/4" copper coils that preheated the water from a duplex steam water pump. There was a bleed valve between the coil and the boiler check. I could get steam out of the bleed valve! So, yes they can recover a lot of heat! :D
by ChuckHackett-844
Wed Oct 31, 2018 12:05 pm
Forum: Riding Scale Railroading
Topic: Signal Complexity
Replies: 50
Views: 2680

Re: Signal Complexity

How does a automatic signal system handle multiple train sections within a block? It depends on the system and what the system uses for the term "block". In my system, a "block" is one or more (usually)bi-directional, detected track sections between "head-end" signals. The "head-end" signals contro...
by ChuckHackett-844
Wed Oct 31, 2018 7:21 am
Forum: Riding Scale Railroading
Topic: Signal Complexity
Replies: 50
Views: 2680

Re: Signal Complexity

The relays I have are overkill, .... I think a 6 volt, 1 amp trigger circuit is going to be the magic number such that wet tracks won't trip the system, a train closing the circuit will reliably trip it, and yet it's a safe power level to have across the rails. .... Be aware that, depending on soil...
by ChuckHackett-844
Tue Oct 30, 2018 9:41 pm
Forum: Riding Scale Railroading
Topic: Signal Complexity
Replies: 50
Views: 2680

Re: Signal Complexity

I like your system Chuck, I think it would work great for a larger multi-user private layouts or clubs. Multi-directional done any other way would be a myriad of relays diodes and wiring amounting to a huge rats nest of mess and still subject to limitations as one circuit somehow has to have priori...
by ChuckHackett-844
Mon Oct 29, 2018 9:39 pm
Forum: Riding Scale Railroading
Topic: Signal Complexity
Replies: 50
Views: 2680

Re: Signal Complexity

What many hobbyists don't realize...automatic block wayside signals (and even cab signals) do NOT indicate the presence of another train! Signals are used to convey TRAIN SPEED...as defined by the RR operating rules. .... Carl B. I'm afraid that 99% in the hobby think the exact opposite (which is y...
by ChuckHackett-844
Mon Oct 29, 2018 9:03 pm
Forum: Riding Scale Railroading
Topic: Signal Complexity
Replies: 50
Views: 2680

Re: Signal Complexity

Another advantage of a good automatic signal system is that it should "do the right thing" even when engineers "do the wrong thing" - like back out of a siding into the block they just exited or pass a Stop (Red) head-end signal, etc. This adds a level of protection for others when someone (accident...
by ChuckHackett-844
Mon Oct 29, 2018 8:57 pm
Forum: Riding Scale Railroading
Topic: Signal Complexity
Replies: 50
Views: 2680

Re: Signal Complexity

Can I elicit some opinions on the acceptable level of complexity of signals on a live steam railroad? I would like to hear any horror stories about making things to complicated or perhaps success stories where in application of "Prototypical" heads achieved the desired result without confounding th...
by ChuckHackett-844
Thu Oct 25, 2018 2:56 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Cleaning a smoke box?
Replies: 8
Views: 1105

Re: Cleaning a smoke box?

Has anyone found a solvent or cleaner that will wash away steam cylinder oil & coal ash? ... Anybody found the "magic elixir"? Ummm, do what I do in my Northern - burn propane :-) ... somebody had to say it :-) ... (Don't get me wrong, I know full well the reasons for burning coal - I burn coal in ...