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by Rwilliams
Fri Feb 08, 2019 12:41 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: What Engine Is This
Replies: 21
Views: 1230

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: 600

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: 912

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: 1200

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: 1192

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: 778

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: 1297

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: 1728

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 ...
by Rwilliams
Sat Nov 24, 2018 12:04 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: D valves not seating - how do I fix?
Replies: 10
Views: 1561

Re: D valves not seating - how do I fix?

Often times I have seen D valve equipped models and other D type valve equipped steam appliances that either have too much wear, corrosion of the cast iron seating surface or if new, tool marks from the teeth of the milling cutter used to cut the valve surface. In all cases even the small void like ...
by Rwilliams
Thu Nov 22, 2018 10:34 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: VERTICAL TURRETT LATHE (CNC)? NO WAY
Replies: 19
Views: 2668

Re: VERTICAL TURRETT LATHE (CNC)? NO WAY

I often use a 42 inch Bullard at the railroad museum where I work several days a week. The large parts from the 9.5 inch Westinghouse air pumps are very heavy which precludes easy setup on a regular engine lathe. The big VTL is government surplus and has seen little use during its long life. Each ti...
by Rwilliams
Thu Nov 22, 2018 10:28 pm
Forum: Casting & Foundry Work
Topic: How to gate and runner a car frame?
Replies: 12
Views: 2659

Re: How to gate and runner a car frame?

Have you tried a thin coating of powdered graphite in the mold to speed the flow of the molten aluminum to all parts of the casting?
by Rwilliams
Sat Nov 03, 2018 10:45 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Pre heating boiler water
Replies: 38
Views: 4522

Re: Pre heating boiler water

I have seen a large 15 inch gauge steamer that was being operated at a 3 day meet. Each evening, the owner placed a custom made thick reflective insulated jacket over the boiler from the back of the stack to the front of the cab. Looked like a big silver blanket when installed. He claimed it kept th...