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by rkcarguy
Thu Sep 24, 2020 9:25 pm
Forum: Grand Scale Railroading
Topic: Mesa Grande fire
Replies: 8
Views: 540

Re: Mesa Grande fire

Looks like the switcher and the one hopper barely escaped the fire inside the tunnel!
It's sad to see the damage indeed, looks like they have a good volunteer base to help and will rebuild quickly?
by rkcarguy
Fri Sep 18, 2020 5:43 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: How to get a hold of the owner of Tom Bee?
Replies: 15
Views: 1367

Re: How to get a hold of the owner of Tom Bee?

Covid-19 has or had a lot of post offices closed. I was able to request a pickup of USPS priority packages but it took a couple days for them to come get them. My bank's lobbies have been closed, only drive throughs open. As a result, the drive through wait has exceeded 90 minutes during lunch and ...
by rkcarguy
Fri Sep 11, 2020 5:18 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: How to get a hold of the owner of Tom Bee?
Replies: 15
Views: 1367

Re: How to get a hold of the owner of Tom Bee?

Having shipped a few things this summer, I can say: Covid-19 has or had a lot of post offices closed. I was able to request a pickup of USPS priority packages but it took a couple days for them to come get them. My bank's lobbies have been closed, only drive throughs open. As a result, the drive thr...
by rkcarguy
Fri Sep 11, 2020 11:43 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Is Train Mountain OK? Fire @ Collier St. Pk.
Replies: 10
Views: 1389

Re: Is Train Mountain OK? Fire @ Collier St. Pk.

It looks like the cameras are back up and live, about 15 mins ago there was some forest service guys and a truck there surveying the damage and then they moved on. Steiger Butte did burn and the extent of the damage can be seen on the two camera's. The rest of TM's camera's appear to show everything...
by rkcarguy
Fri Aug 28, 2020 11:54 pm
Forum: Grand Scale Railroading
Topic: Woodinville Shops
Replies: 336
Views: 122518

Re: Woodinville Shops

Ryan, Interesting. I’ve thought about 12 v systems several times. Some folk build tenders with a battery and controls compartment, which enables all sorts of modern goodies. Unfortunately, mine is all water tank. Now, a quick google search showed a variety of small rev pumps, but all I saw were lim...
by rkcarguy
Thu Aug 27, 2020 12:08 am
Forum: Grand Scale Railroading
Topic: Woodinville Shops
Replies: 336
Views: 122518

Re: Woodinville Shops

Glenn, I watched a youtube video of some DRG&W narrow gage live steam builds running on a 7-1/2" RR and could hear the noise of what sounded like an electric pump to feed water from the tender to the boiler. The operator pushed a button and watched as the water level rose in the sight glass. They ha...
by rkcarguy
Mon Aug 24, 2020 5:38 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Swanton pacific
Replies: 9
Views: 1760

Re: Swanton pacific

The side view of the remains of one of the locomotives shows a "belly" on the boiler (looks like it sagged under the weight and heat) and I think the stack looks partially melted on one of them....that fire got hot! Some of the cast iron wheels and detail parts may be able to be saved as they can to...
by rkcarguy
Fri Aug 21, 2020 7:50 pm
Forum: Grand Scale Railroading
Topic: Swanton Pacific RR burned in Santa Cruz complex fire
Replies: 12
Views: 2020

Re: Swanton Pacific RR burned in Santa Cruz complex fire

I pulled a couple more photos from their facebook page :cry:
Swanton Fire.jpg
Swanton Fire2.jpg
by rkcarguy
Fri Aug 21, 2020 6:56 pm
Forum: Grand Scale Railroading
Topic: Swanton Pacific RR burned in Santa Cruz complex fire
Replies: 12
Views: 2020

Re: Swanton Pacific RR burned in Santa Cruz complex fire

Glenn Brooks wrote:
Fri Aug 21, 2020 1:25 pm
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Geeze that's awful! I've been through a lot of the pictures and history on the Swanton Pacific as inspiration for my own 12" build and it's sad to see that its burned up. :cry:
by rkcarguy
Wed Jul 29, 2020 5:55 pm
Forum: Grand Scale Railroading
Topic: Woodinville Shops
Replies: 336
Views: 122518

Re: Woodinville Shops

Looking good, will be interesting to see how much better it steams once you get it fired up.
by rkcarguy
Wed Jul 29, 2020 5:35 pm
Forum: Riding Scale Railroading
Topic: Ballast for RR Work.
Replies: 3
Views: 1236

Re: Ballast for RR Work.

I've done quite a bit of research on ballast for scale RR use. I liked the idea of using 3/8" clear, but the island pond RR's owner said he had trouble with it migrating under heavy rain, and the finer stones retain more water. If you research ballast for real RR's, they use a large clear stone to k...
by rkcarguy
Fri Jul 24, 2020 11:55 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Piston rings
Replies: 58
Views: 6425

Re: Piston rings

What is your piston/bore clearance? Because you say you have no motion when on steam(?), the heat of the steam may be causing the piston or ring to expand and get tight in the bore.