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by Steve Goodbody
Sat Jan 02, 2021 9:14 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Firebox wrapper on a 1.5" scale 2-8-0
Replies: 12
Views: 1375

Re: Firebox wrapper on a 1.5" scale 2-8-0

Holy cow Adam, that’s magnificent!
Looking forward to seeing it in the flesh....
Keep up the good work,
Steve
by Steve Goodbody
Fri Jan 01, 2021 9:59 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Condensation
Replies: 20
Views: 1448

Re: Condensation

Hi Tom, Along the same lines as the above, and although it may be difficult to do so now your loco is finished, it's worth considering adding a drain cock to each steam chest, ideally at a low point. With the loco in mid-gear, you can use this to warm up the cylinders before each run by venting stea...
by Steve Goodbody
Sat Dec 12, 2020 4:58 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Foaming boiler water
Replies: 25
Views: 2475

Re: Foaming boiler water

Hi Tom, I follow Marty's guidance, quoted below. I have two steel boilers, one with steel tubes and the other with copper tubes, hence I aim for a slightly different pH in each case. "The target for pH is between 9 and 10 for boilers with copper tubes, and between 10 and 11 with steel tubes. Copper ...
by Steve Goodbody
Fri Dec 11, 2020 6:18 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Foaming boiler water
Replies: 25
Views: 2475

Re: Foaming boiler water

No problem Tom, If you do a quick search on "Water Treatment Targets and Method" you'll find the 2015 thread that was behind this rig. The arrangement is based on the information in that thread and the credit should go to those contributors. Ultimately the practices used to store the boiler when not...
by Steve Goodbody
Fri Dec 11, 2020 11:07 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Foaming boiler water
Replies: 25
Views: 2475

Re: Foaming boiler water

Hi Tom, While your hard water may not be the cause of foaming, if you want to soften the water without resorting to a whole-house setup then it's worth considering the cartridge-style softeners - they do the job without much hassle or cost. I made up a simple portable rig consisting of an initial gr...
by Steve Goodbody
Wed Dec 09, 2020 9:55 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: tie work
Replies: 10
Views: 1508

Re: tie work

Great job Dan, looking forward to trying it out next year! You may get a kick out of the photo below. A handful of us spent a couple of years building an 800ft 7.25/5/3.5 inch multi-gauge track at Bentley Wildfowl park in the UK. Literally everything was dug/carted/manufactured/installed by hand ( I...
by Steve Goodbody
Thu Dec 03, 2020 10:11 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Share your special tools
Replies: 37
Views: 10923

Re: Share your special tools

Hi Greg - I've dropped you a PM.

Karl - thanks also for sharing - that's an elegant little gadget!

Best regards
Steve
by Steve Goodbody
Thu Nov 12, 2020 9:43 am
Forum: Live Steam Marketplace
Topic: 3/4-in scale LBSC Lickham Hall castings and drawings
Replies: 3
Views: 1651

Re: 3/4-in scale LBSC Lickham Hall castings and drawings

Hi Andy - have sent you a PM.
Best regards
Steve
by Steve Goodbody
Fri Nov 06, 2020 8:59 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Valve Lap vs. Eccentric Angular Advance
Replies: 2
Views: 2321

Re: Valve Lap vs. Eccentric Angular Advance

Dave,
Don Ashton, who died recently, is very highly regarded in the UK for his valve gear work. You may want to post your question on the Model Engineer forum for live steam locomotives (https://www.model-engineer.co.uk/) where you'll likely get some first-hand feedback.
Best regards
Steve
by Steve Goodbody
Tue Nov 03, 2020 11:04 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Smoke Box Stack Ratio
Replies: 12
Views: 4278

Re: Smoke Box Stack Ratio

Johnny - I received your PM but need an Email address to send you the file. Please can you PM that to me.

Timmy - you 've hopefully received the file by Email.

Best regards
Steve
by Steve Goodbody
Mon Nov 02, 2020 11:28 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Smoke Box Stack Ratio
Replies: 12
Views: 4278

Re: Smoke Box Stack Ratio

Hi there, In case this is of help, I've found the following guidelines to be reliable to get you in the right ballpark for a single-chimney design for burning coal. - Blast nozzle diameter (in inches) = 0.005 x grate area (in square inches) - Choke diameter (in inches) = 0.06 x grate area (in square...
by Steve Goodbody
Thu Oct 29, 2020 8:32 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: First Steaming of "A Long Term Project"
Replies: 6
Views: 2527

Re: First Steaming of "A Long Term Project"

Many thanks to all.

Pontiacguy - we're in NJ. The yard has been, and continues to be, another long-term project!

Best regards
Steve