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by Kimball McGinley
Mon Jan 07, 2019 3:13 pm
Forum: Live Steam Marketplace
Topic: FS: 1” scale passenger car
Replies: 3
Views: 442

Re: FS: 1” scale passenger car

You are correct about Mike's home RR having tight curves. It ran around a typical 1960's house in Anaheim CA.
by Kimball McGinley
Tue Dec 04, 2018 3:53 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: grey iron
Replies: 43
Views: 4377

Re: grey iron

As far as what temperature; when it no longer attracts a magnet, you are hot enough.
by Kimball McGinley
Mon Dec 03, 2018 3:02 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: grey iron
Replies: 43
Views: 4377

Re: grey iron

Not yet mentioned was whether the majority of the running will be on aluminum or steel rail. Iron and steel wheels are not really bothered by aluminum rail. There have been many reports of iron wheels grooved by steel rail.
by Kimball McGinley
Thu Nov 29, 2018 7:59 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Engine stand
Replies: 16
Views: 2389

Re: Engine stand

Casters with brakes or a brake/swivel lock combo are also handy to keep it stable as needed. A couple screws that can be run down to hit the floor will also work in a pinch.
by Kimball McGinley
Mon Nov 26, 2018 3:12 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Steam-operated cylinder drains
Replies: 13
Views: 2194

Re: Steam-operated cylinder drains

So, in the "Heald" drawing posted by Fred V., is it possible for the steam applied to close the drain to leak past the plunger and get into the cylinders? If so, would the loco move, or would the pressure be equal on both sides of the piston?
by Kimball McGinley
Fri Nov 09, 2018 1:29 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Pump
Replies: 47
Views: 6355

Re: Pump

Seems like the rear tube sheet shot forward, carrying the tubes and flues with it?
by Kimball McGinley
Fri Nov 02, 2018 6:48 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Pre heating boiler water
Replies: 38
Views: 4021

Re: Pre heating boiler water

Slightly off topic, I had good results filling my G-scale Mamod loco and tractor with hot water.
by Kimball McGinley
Fri Oct 26, 2018 2:17 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Pioneer Valley coffee maker
Replies: 2
Views: 858

Re: Pioneer Valley coffee maker

A few years ago, I attended a big show at a farm and tractor museum. A local Fie Department brought their horse-drawn vertical boilered steam pumper. Boy, was it pretty! They drew a big crowd when they started pumping water about 100 feet! As I got closer, I could not discern a water level on the ga...
by Kimball McGinley
Tue Oct 23, 2018 2:16 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Trailer w. trains stolen in Texas Saturday
Replies: 23
Views: 3101

Re: Trailer w. trains stolen in Texas Saturday

For what it is worth, I have a 24 foot SeaRay motor boat that sits on a trailer most of the year. I have hardened chains and hardened padlocks through the frame and the wheel in two places. I try to make them tight enough so they cannot be defeated by a lugwrench; I once 3-wheeled a 2 axle trailer w...
by Kimball McGinley
Tue Oct 16, 2018 7:06 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Making a boiler without a lathe
Replies: 20
Views: 3627

Re: Making a boiler without a lathe

The 90 elbow idea in the water space will ruin the gauge. The idea behind the siphon is that it fills up with condensation and still transfers the boiler pressure to the gauge, but not the heat. It probably also helps that it places the gauge some distance away from the shell too, both in tube lengt...
by Kimball McGinley
Mon Oct 15, 2018 2:38 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Looking for prints for the "Doc Fixit" loco
Replies: 9
Views: 1711

Re: Looking for prints for the "Doc Fixit" loco

Just a thought: An SP "Daylight" pacific ran at Traveltown in LA for a number of years around the '70's. It was billed as Gene Autry's "Melody Ranch Special" IIRC?
by Kimball McGinley
Mon Oct 15, 2018 2:29 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Main crank pin on different axle then Eccentric on
Replies: 7
Views: 1300

Re: Main crank pin on different axle then Eccentric on

The Marie Estelle and E have springs as optional; one axle is solid-mounted and one just has a center pivot. This makes a classic 3-point suspension. I built mine as- designed, the solid rear axle goes right through the ashpan. The front pivoting axle does carry the eccentrics. I considered switchin...