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by Rwilliams
Sun Apr 21, 2019 10:56 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Sourcing pig iron
Replies: 11
Views: 495

Re: Sourcing pig iron

Engine blocks and heads are heavy and tough to break up. Even with a big hammer they resist your efforts but will save a trip to the gym. Better to look for smaller items of cast iron to begin with. Internal combustion engine crankshafts, cam shafts are much more easy to work with. A friend discover...
by Rwilliams
Sun Apr 14, 2019 10:28 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: East Coast Locomotive Works
Replies: 9
Views: 819

Re: East Coast Locomotive Works

I was considering a purchase of some tender trucks from the owner when the business was Klamath Locomotive Works in CA. Suddenly the father passed on and castings/materials were suddenly hard to get from the foundry for some unknown reason. The son acted like he was going to keep the business going ...
by Rwilliams
Fri Apr 12, 2019 12:21 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: How to fixture a stack casting?
Replies: 7
Views: 563

Re: How to fixture a stack casting?

Stack castings are one of the more difficult castings to deal with as there are no flat surfaces to take advantage of during the holding of the stack. Seems like I have done more than a few stack castings in the past and each one presented different problems. One time the stack was wrapped in some s...
by Rwilliams
Wed Apr 03, 2019 7:59 pm
Forum: I.C. Engines
Topic: Coles Models Holt 75 engine model
Replies: 2
Views: 279

Coles Models Holt 75 engine model

Long ago Cole's Power Models offered prints and a casting set for the Holt 75 motor. I considered building the model more than once but never did. A friend bought the casting set but was not a machinist. He had a machinist begin working on the castings, but the parts were never completed and returne...
by Rwilliams
Fri Feb 08, 2019 12:41 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: What Engine Is This
Replies: 21
Views: 2889

Re: What Engine Is This

Placement of the pumps on the front of the smoke box not only gave a more massive appearance to the front end, but also served other real engineering purposes. One was to get more weight on the front end of an articulated locomotive which often suffered from less than perfect weight distribution cau...
by Rwilliams
Thu Jan 31, 2019 11:40 pm
Forum: Live Steam Marketplace
Topic: 1.6” Scale “LEACH” Sander Fittings
Replies: 3
Views: 1149

Re: 1.6” Scale “LEACH” Sander Fittings

That is a U S Metallic Packing Co. sander valve which Baldwin used extensively on shortline and logging locomotives. They were also known as King Sanders from what I have seen.
by Rwilliams
Wed Jan 30, 2019 11:44 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Safety Valves
Replies: 5
Views: 1366

Re: Safety Valves

Those safety valves look like the ones RRSC used sell when they were located in Burbank CA. Their reputation for operation was not the best based on my observations. They sounded like a buzzing bee when venting steam. Never did actually hear them make a sudden pop release. Just the slow buzzing soun...
by Rwilliams
Fri Jan 18, 2019 10:30 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Amazing skill and talent -- blacksmithing
Replies: 14
Views: 1778

Re: Amazing skill and talent -- blacksmithing

There are a few truly gifted and talented craftsmen in our midst. Now and then we get a peek into their world which is truly stunning. This is Jack Bodenmann level work and certainly an inspiration to those of us who strive to even get close to this level of quality. It would be nice to follow him a...
by Rwilliams
Mon Jan 14, 2019 5:14 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: New Injector Nozzles for SP #18
Replies: 13
Views: 1619

Re: New Injector Nozzles for SP #18

Great job on the new set of injector nozzles. Should last a long time being made from 416 material. It would seem that a size 9 Monitor is a bit large for such a small boiler. A size 7 or 8 might be more suitable for the capacity of the boiler. Perhaps the SP had nothing smaller that was serviceable...
by Rwilliams
Sat Dec 22, 2018 6:46 am
Forum: Live Steam Marketplace
Topic: RRSC dummy single-cylinder air compreesor ****SOLD****
Replies: 5
Views: 985

Re: RRSC dummy single-cylinder air compreesor ****SOLD****

Those are nice models of the 9.5 inch model air pump. Seldom does one see the lifting eye at the top. The other major missing items are the steam cylinder drain cocks, the automatic oil cup for the steam cylinder, both with their related plumbing. The big ticket item is the nice cast look Westinghou...
by Rwilliams
Tue Dec 18, 2018 9:57 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Smoke generator
Replies: 7
Views: 1502

Re: Smoke generator

There are some interesting smoke generator presentations to be found on Youtube with some searching. Trouble is that most if not all require an oil substance to be heated to produce the smoke. Worse is the oil residue that will most likely be deposited on the roof and surrounding areas of the caboos...
by Rwilliams
Fri Dec 07, 2018 1:44 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Hydrostatic Lubricator
Replies: 12
Views: 2113

Re: Hydrostatic Lubricator

I work at a local museum where the steam supply valves for most of the appliances come off of the big turret housing. Best to be sure of the seating of the steam supply valve for the lubricator to insure it does not leak when refilling the lubricator with steam oil. I am now including an additional ...