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by mattmason
Sat Dec 05, 2020 1:04 pm
Forum: Riding Scale Railroading
Topic: Riding Scale 'Diesel" locomotive
Replies: 22
Views: 6303

Re: Riding Scale 'Diesel" locomotive

There are a few gas-electrics out there.
by mattmason
Sat Dec 05, 2020 1:01 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: At what point is a boiler big enough to be steel instead of copper?
Replies: 25
Views: 2876

Re: At what point is a boiler big enough to be steel instead of copper?

jcbrock wrote:
Wed Dec 02, 2020 8:23 pm
mattmason wrote:
Wed Dec 02, 2020 3:23 pm
I run it hard.
Yes sir, you do.

P7084899.jpg
Not always.
by mattmason
Thu Dec 03, 2020 11:31 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: At what point is a boiler big enough to be steel instead of copper?
Replies: 25
Views: 2876

Re: At what point is a boiler big enough to be steel instead of copper?

I run it hard. Yes sir, you do. P7084899.jpg Thanks for the picture, John. I remember that run and replay it in my head often. Taking the train from the Berkshire and walking away with the Chiggen Little was awesome. I asked to use the train and was told, sure, if you can pull it. Barry didn't real...
by mattmason
Wed Dec 02, 2020 3:24 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: What wheel arrangments work best on a high line?
Replies: 24
Views: 2985

Re: What wheel arrangments work best on a high line?

A minimum of three wheels work best. Anything over is even better. :D
by mattmason
Wed Dec 02, 2020 3:23 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: At what point is a boiler big enough to be steel instead of copper?
Replies: 25
Views: 2876

Re: At what point is a boiler big enough to be steel instead of copper?

I have a 5" boiler on my 1" scale Coles 0-4-0. Six flues and 1/4" barrel, 3/8" tube sheets. absolutely free steaming, and I run it hard.
by mattmason
Sat Nov 28, 2020 11:57 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Anyone here go to high lines all over the country?
Replies: 49
Views: 9849

Re: Anyone here go to high lines all over the country?

In California:

Golden Gate Live Steamers outside of San Francisco has a really nice 4 3/4', 3 1/2", and 2 1/2" elevated track.
Jack Bodenman's private track in Southern California is also first rate.
by mattmason
Wed Nov 18, 2020 5:55 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Ever get teased for being a live steamer?
Replies: 38
Views: 9048

Re: Ever get teased for being a live steamer?

Yep. I learned in school a long time ago to keep my hobby private. I have continued that in my work life and don't regret it. Even adults don't understand because they most likely have never made (or repaired) anything themselves.
by mattmason
Thu Oct 15, 2020 10:23 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Pacific turn radius
Replies: 9
Views: 3158

Re: Pacific turn radius

I've seen 20' on my home track, but 25 would be better. Anything 18' and under just does not work.
by mattmason
Sat Oct 03, 2020 11:30 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: 1" Inch Scale Riding Car/Tender Trucks
Replies: 3
Views: 1730

Re: 1" Inch Scale Riding Car/Tender Trucks

I’ve used Nelson Gray trucks for 35+ years. I’m not a light fellow and they are still performing flawlessly. I am also still using the trucks that Francis Moseley built back in the 60’s with no problem. They will last just fine for you. And since the design is the same, you can change them out forev...
by mattmason
Sat Oct 03, 2020 11:26 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Gasket thickness for steam chest & cylinders?
Replies: 17
Views: 3972

Re: Gasket thickness for steam chest & cylinders?

I use red Loctite. Great and always available. When you need to take it apart, you just scrape off the dried bits with a knife or screwdriver, apply some more When reassembling and presto. On my water pump, I used the brown paper bag method with oil. Worked great. I love the bill method. I’m going t...
by mattmason
Wed May 06, 2020 6:50 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: weed killer
Replies: 24
Views: 9308

Re: weed killer

Weed burner. No chemicals.