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by pat1027
Tue Mar 19, 2019 9:22 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Romney, Hythe & Dymchurch tips?
Replies: 7
Views: 480

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: 466

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: 1397

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: 884

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: 4836

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: 2853

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: 3378

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: 2853

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: 7929

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.
by pat1027
Sat Dec 08, 2018 3:48 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Coal dust bricks again
Replies: 37
Views: 4836

Re: Coal dust bricks again

The City Coal Yard found blacksmiths favored coal with lots of fines and live steam buyers didn't like fines. They used to screen their coal and bagged a product for both. One of our club members tried a mix using cement as a binder. He had didn't have much success. Poor burning and lots of crud in ...
by pat1027
Fri Dec 07, 2018 9:06 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Coal dust bricks again
Replies: 37
Views: 4836

Re: Coal dust bricks again

Fred_V wrote:
Fri Dec 07, 2018 6:14 pm
My concern is with live steam not full size stuff.
SteveM was asking what car load users do with the dust. For most dust is what they want in the end.

Out of curiosity though do coal dust bricks hold some shape as they burn or do they break up?
by pat1027
Fri Dec 07, 2018 11:20 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Coal dust bricks again
Replies: 37
Views: 4836

Re: Coal dust bricks again

Modern boiler use pulverized coal sprayed in.