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by rkcarguy
Tue Jun 25, 2019 5:56 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: nuts and bolts in scale
Replies: 33
Views: 5939

Re: nuts and bolts in scale

years ago, a fellow gave me good advice when I first got iinto live steam......don't join the r.c.a. club.....river counters association........h.o. model railroading, and live steam don't mix Hmmmm. I'm not so sure. If that's true, someone should have, long ago, advised Barry Hague that his high q...
by rkcarguy
Mon Jun 24, 2019 9:04 pm
Forum: Grand Scale Railroading
Topic: Woodinville Shops
Replies: 214
Views: 44179

Re: Woodinville Shops

I really like BDD's design, where he uses ball bearings ( you could use bushings too) in the place of those slide bearings to allow the truck to pivot front to back independent of the springs in the truck. For our rolling stock which may see heavier capacities and have stiffer springs to suit, it ma...
by rkcarguy
Mon Jun 24, 2019 5:13 pm
Forum: Grand Scale Railroading
Topic: Woodinville Shops
Replies: 214
Views: 44179

Re: Woodinville Shops

Looking good Glenn. Will that setup have any forward/back swivel, or will the bearings simply be flat and limit the swivel of the truck to where it can only be flat in relation to the frame?
by rkcarguy
Mon Jun 24, 2019 4:51 pm
Forum: Riding Scale Railroading
Topic: Kick-Switches
Replies: 8
Views: 255

Re: Kick-Switches

I created a post awhile back looking for the same info, the design I like the most was a bearing on a sprung arm that rode on a "triangle" that was mounted to the point bar or throw bar. The angle of the sides of the triangle and the spring stiffness could be easily played with for fine tuning and i...
by rkcarguy
Sat Jun 22, 2019 2:55 pm
Forum: Grand Scale Railroading
Topic: 12" working railroad
Replies: 497
Views: 75841

Re: 12" working railroad

I know the Athearn model is a bit wider in scale than the prototype and that is what I have copied. Despite that, I'm glad I did because of the offset of the crankshaft exiting the GX390 mounted sideways in the end of the cab, the hydraulic pump wouldn't have cleared the right side of the body. If I...
by rkcarguy
Fri Jun 21, 2019 4:15 pm
Forum: Grand Scale Railroading
Topic: 12" working railroad
Replies: 497
Views: 75841

Re: 12" working railroad

mufflerairtankinstalled.jpg
The muffler and air tanks fit nicely.
by rkcarguy
Thu Jun 20, 2019 2:01 pm
Forum: Riding Scale Railroading
Topic: Signal Complexity
Replies: 80
Views: 15535

Re: Signal Complexity

Or you could just accept a non safety circuit that works like a switch and move on. I'll insert the disclaimer here as I been witness to a rear ending where a diesel ate a caboose because the non safety detection circuit failed. It was a temporary wire that had been screwed down to the tops of the ...
by rkcarguy
Thu Jun 20, 2019 1:14 pm
Forum: Grand Scale Railroading
Topic: Woodinville Shops
Replies: 214
Views: 44179

Re: Woodinville Shops

The only thing I can think of is to try some anti-spatter spray? Might keep the "berries" from sticking to the steel around the weld and ease cleanup.
by rkcarguy
Thu Jun 20, 2019 10:33 am
Forum: Grand Scale Railroading
Topic: Woodinville Shops
Replies: 214
Views: 44179

Re: Woodinville Shops

You're making some good progress Glenn. I haven't really found a cheap option for a MIG welder you typically get what you pay for. I got lucky and grabbed a Miller-matic 250 from a fence and gate shop that closed in the "great recession" for $800 with a large tank, tub of tip dip, and all the extra ...
by rkcarguy
Tue Jun 18, 2019 1:47 pm
Forum: Grand Scale Railroading
Topic: 12" working railroad
Replies: 497
Views: 75841

Re: 12" working railroad

I got my building permit so I am going to be changing gears on this build. I'm hoping to finish up these wheel sets and get the riding car rolling, and then I will be transitioning into site work and grading my ROW as extra dozer time and weather allows....maybe laying some track and my first turnou...
by rkcarguy
Tue Jun 18, 2019 1:26 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Technology is great
Replies: 17
Views: 3247

Re: Technology is great

I found that when I welded my first two together the ends of the rails that extend beyond the legs wound up pulling downwards a little bit. This is hard to get rid of, the welded side will always shrink unfortunately. If you were to use two different sizes of tube, and have one go through the other...
by rkcarguy
Tue Jun 18, 2019 1:15 am
Forum: Live Steam Marketplace
Topic: Laser cut turnout stands, kit or assembled ****SOLD OUT**** (more coming)
Replies: 12
Views: 2241

Re: Laser cut turnout stands, kit or assembled ****SOLD OUT**** (more coming)

I sold several of the ones I was planning on keeping lol, and then our laser got really busy at work. I'll see if I can work another run of parts into the cutting schedule and update this post when I have more.