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by ChuckHackett-844
Fri Jul 13, 2018 2:56 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Rapid Steam Pressure Loss
Replies: 24
Views: 1873

Re: Rapid Steam Pressure Loss

... forgot to add: I have a gauge on the blower feed line in the cab. This gauge has a piece of tape on it which indicates the blower pressure that supports full fire (about 10 psi in my case). Excess pressure is just wasting steam and - again - bringing in too much air. If I let someone run my engi...
by ChuckHackett-844
Fri Jul 13, 2018 2:48 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Rapid Steam Pressure Loss
Replies: 24
Views: 1873

Re: Rapid Steam Pressure Loss

Hi Dave, Driving cross country at the moment (wife currently driving :-) ) so I'll try to be brief (difficult for the engineer in me :-) ) ... Getting propane burners setup correctly can take a lot of fiddling or trial and error so patience is required. I am returning from Train Mountain where my 4-...
by ChuckHackett-844
Mon Jun 18, 2018 1:55 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Can you test a Superscale economy injector on air?
Replies: 13
Views: 1881

Re: Can you test a Superscale economy injector on air?

In the car at the moment (wife driving :-) ). Arrange something on top of the injector that the 10-32 screw will pass through but will not damage the injector/threads. Put a nut on the screw then pass the screw through the block/whatever and screw it all the way into the steam cone. Tighten the nut ...
by ChuckHackett-844
Mon Jun 18, 2018 12:07 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Can you test a Superscale economy injector on air?
Replies: 13
Views: 1881

Re: Can you test a Superscale economy injector on air?

In case I wasn't clear: the 'vinegar treatment' is done on the parts after disassembly. Remove the injector, remove the bottom cap, remove the exit cone (the washer is on this) using a thin-wall socket, etc., remove the steam cone from the top using a screw/bolt that threads into it (I forget the th...
by ChuckHackett-844
Mon Jun 18, 2018 11:54 am
Forum: Riding Scale Railroading
Topic: Speaking of Signalling....
Replies: 11
Views: 1294

Re: Speaking of Signalling....

Assumption: I assume that you were happy with the system functionality using the 'electrical contact' attempt except for the reliability of the contacts? i.e.: you didn't have problems with false occupied or false unoccupied situations. If you did, we need to discuss your approach in the circuit tha...
by ChuckHackett-844
Sun Jun 17, 2018 8:44 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Can you test a Superscale economy injector on air?
Replies: 13
Views: 1881

Re: Can you test a Superscale economy injector on air?

20 minutes in vinegar is a good start (depends on how much scale buildup you have). I would not use any abrasive as suggested by Vance. This approach done year after year will damage it. The vinegar will accomplish the task without danger of taking metal away. If the washer is stuck on I'll bet, aft...
by ChuckHackett-844
Sun Jun 17, 2018 3:01 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Can you test a Superscale economy injector on air?
Replies: 13
Views: 1881

Re: Can you test a Superscale economy injector on air?

No, injectors work on the physics involved with steam. Do you dissassemble it and soak in white vinegar each year? Take out at least the exit cone and washer. Be sure the washer moves freely and the tiny holes in the cone are not clogged. DO NOT USE HARD WIRE OR DRILL BIT to clear the holes ... at m...
by ChuckHackett-844
Mon Jun 11, 2018 3:25 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Warren Jamison
Replies: 0
Views: 767

Warren Jamison

It saddens me to report that Warren Jamison passed away last night in Dunlap, TN. No further details available. Warren was a long time member of the Florida Live Steam hobby. He was president of Largo Central Railroad for many years and was very active in the state-wide Florida Livesteamers organiza...
by ChuckHackett-844
Fri May 25, 2018 9:55 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Propane orifice size
Replies: 8
Views: 1126

Re: Propane orifice size

I have drawings, photos, etc. for the burner in my Northern but I don't know how to post such here. If you send an email to misccdh@whitetrout.net I can email you a copy.
by ChuckHackett-844
Wed May 23, 2018 7:48 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Propane orifice size
Replies: 8
Views: 1126

Re: Propane oriface size

(I assume we are talking about a 'furnace' type burner, i.e.: one orifice, one mixing tube feeding a single manifold) To calculate the orifice size you need to know how many BTU your burner can produce. From that, and knowing the pressure you want to feed it, you can calculate the orifice size that ...
by ChuckHackett-844
Sun Apr 22, 2018 12:07 pm
Forum: Riding Scale Railroading
Topic: Narrow gage/Standard gage
Replies: 7
Views: 1087

Re: Narrow gage/Standard gage

"Narrow Gauge" equipment is typically larger than standard gauge (assuming we are talking 7.x gauge track). It needs to be a larger scale (~ 2.5 or 3 in-to-foot as opposed to 1.5 in-to-foot for std gauge ) so that the narrow gauge wheel set comes to 7.x inches.
by ChuckHackett-844
Mon Apr 09, 2018 2:21 pm
Forum: Riding Scale Railroading
Topic: Device to rotate cars to work on brakes, etc.
Replies: 6
Views: 1176

Re: Device to rotate cars to work on brakes, etc.

BigDumbDinosaur wrote:
Sun Apr 08, 2018 11:40 pm
... just can't crank out the work the way I could 15-20 years ago. ...
I'm in that group too ... but I still try to make the young kids keep up with me :-)