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by pat1027
Sun Apr 21, 2019 8:11 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Sourcing pig iron
Replies: 12
Views: 605

Re: Sourcing pig iron

What is the advantage of supplying the raw materials? Maybe a little mark up on the materials. I think you'd be better off specifying the grade of iron you want the castings to be.
by pat1027
Sun Apr 07, 2019 11:46 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: types of coal
Replies: 29
Views: 2056

Re: types of coal

Just want to say I really enjoyed the video. My Grandfather was a Fireman on the Erie Railroad. He was later promoted to Hostler. I never knew how involved the Fireman's job was. You'd probably enjoy "Set Up Running: The Life of a Pennsylvania Railroad Engineman, 1904–1949" by John Orr ISBN 978-027...
by pat1027
Thu Apr 04, 2019 9:15 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: types of coal
Replies: 29
Views: 2056

Re: types of coal

"The old fireman's motto, little and often." It's an interesting video.

by pat1027
Tue Mar 19, 2019 9:22 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Romney, Hythe & Dymchurch tips?
Replies: 7
Views: 887

Re: Romney, Hythe & Dymchurch tips?

The foot plate is a nice ride and worth doing. A second for the open cars. You can't see much from the roofed cars. If they still run the express in the afternoon ride that. We went non-stop from New Romney to Dungeness and back north to Dymchurch. When we got back to New Romney the driver didn't ba...
by pat1027
Sun Mar 17, 2019 11:29 am
Forum: Riding Scale Railroading
Topic: Need storage ideas!
Replies: 8
Views: 824

Re: Need storage ideas!

I like John's idea for a movable lift. Ratcheting boat trailer winches are less than $30. I have a Harbor Freight worm gear drive hand winch for moving heavier things up and down my basement stairs. It was around $30 as well. In my trailer I built a three level rack from 2" x 2" x 1/8" angle. It han...
by pat1027
Wed Jan 23, 2019 7:18 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Firebox Arch?
Replies: 8
Views: 1521

Re: Firebox Arch?

I have an arch in a 10" boiler burning coal. It makes a noticeable difference in how the boiler steams and minimizing derbies that get pulled into the lower tubes. The arch is a simple stainless plate that fits into a slotted bracket mounted just above the grate on the rear tube sheet. Tubes are bru...
by pat1027
Sun Dec 30, 2018 8:15 pm
Forum: Buy, Sell, Trade, Wanted, Free!
Topic: Atlas MFC Mill Table and Screw
Replies: 0
Views: 1171

Atlas MFC Mill Table and Screw

I have a table, screw and brass nut from an Atlas MFC milling machine. The table and screw are in good shape. The nut has a little wear. If you're interested let me know.

Pat
by pat1027
Sat Dec 22, 2018 11:44 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Coal dust bricks again
Replies: 37
Views: 5215

Re: Coal dust bricks again

Paraffin melts around 100°F. Would you end up with the paraffin melting too quickly? You could get a chunk of paraffin and toss it into the firebox.
by pat1027
Thu Dec 20, 2018 12:25 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Hydro Test
Replies: 23
Views: 3045

Re: Hydro Test

How reasonably priced ultrasonic tester is suitable? I see a unit from Dwyer (a name I know) for $270. The no name models on Amazon for less than $200. Then they march on up over $1000.
by pat1027
Fri Dec 14, 2018 12:03 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Water treatment for iron boiler?
Replies: 24
Views: 3630

Re: Water treatment for iron boiler?

If you order black iron pipe what you will get is steel pipe with a coating on it. I do a white vinegar wash once a year with a camera inspection to make sure the interior is clean. I also store the boiler dry. The first steel boiler failed in 12 years due to build up on the firebox sheets accelerat...
by pat1027
Fri Dec 14, 2018 11:58 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Hydro Test
Replies: 23
Views: 3045

Re: Hydro Test

150% is most common. Depending on the service factor some people like to go higher with a new boiler. Mostly you are looking for leaks. A 150% hydro won't reveal firebox sheets and stay bolts that are nearing failure. I have seen two locomotives fire box sheets down to 1/32" in places that passed a ...
by pat1027
Mon Dec 10, 2018 3:03 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Pump
Replies: 47
Views: 8525

Re: Pump

Kimball McGinley wrote:
Fri Nov 09, 2018 1:29 pm
Seems like the rear tube sheet shot forward, carrying the tubes and flues with it?
It's super heater tubes blown out of the boiler after a failure at the firebox end. Locomotive was C&O 2-10-4 3020. 1948 near Chillicothe OH I believe.