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by ccvstmr
Fri Jun 07, 2019 9:34 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Interlocking tower
Replies: 10
Views: 1305

Re: Interlocking tower

John, think this is what you're referring to from Pat McCarthy's Big Creek and Southern RR...wasn't easy to squeeze into that tower to get a decent photo of the CTC panel. IMG_4911.JPG Just goes to show, there's something in this hobby for everyone. The guy "manning the tower"...signalling was his b...
by ccvstmr
Fri Jun 07, 2019 9:24 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Boiler treatment
Replies: 23
Views: 900

Re: Boiler treatment

Russ...not saying your idea of venting steam during steam up is valid or not...but would say, I don't leave the steaming bay area until at least one...or both...of the safeties have lifted. Creates a shower under the canopy, but it's more important to know the safeties will lift as needed during ope...
by ccvstmr
Wed May 29, 2019 3:19 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Mini Hitch-pin Clip Source
Replies: 1
Views: 334

Re: Mini Hitch-pin Clip Source

Kimball...another name for those is "R" clips, hairpin clips or hairpin cotter clips. McMaster Carr seems to have a good size selection and in various materials such as zinc plated spring steel and stainless. Personally prefer the clips that have to go thru a hole and not held in place in a slot. Go...
by ccvstmr
Wed May 22, 2019 10:28 am
Forum: Riding Scale Railroading
Topic: Clippard QC's
Replies: 4
Views: 600

Clippard QC's

I've been down this path before. Might have posted something on Chaski some years back. However, this problem arose recently and thought I'd share with the Chaski community...for those using Clippard quick connectors (QC) for air brake systems (or other), take note... While bringing my loco back to ...
by ccvstmr
Wed May 22, 2019 9:03 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Engine Cleaner (exterior)
Replies: 26
Views: 1893

Re: Engine Cleaner (exterior)

Agree with comments made about using WD-40. Leaves a film on metal surfaces. Took some effort to get that "film" off the rods. For rods and valve links now...started using citrus scented wipes to cut thru oil and grease. Sometimes follow that with a towel wipe down. Used to use those same wipes on t...
by ccvstmr
Wed May 22, 2019 8:57 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Super heated Steam Throttle Lag
Replies: 28
Views: 2310

Re: Super heated Steam Throttle Lag

Dave...you might consider stainless Swagelok fittings. These use ferrules that compress around the outside of the tubes...with the ferrule outside having a tapered surface that seals against the mating fitting. Would steer clear of brass compression fittings due to softness. Carl B.
by ccvstmr
Tue May 21, 2019 11:21 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Nathan Monitor Injector in 2.5"
Replies: 19
Views: 1584

Re: Nathan Monitor Injector in 2.5"

Anthony...KUDOS to you! Not only have you envisioned a fantastic piece of live steam "jewelry", you gave ample consideration to injector operation AND another important aspect...service! Over the years, have showed many live steamers how to service a few different types of injectors...while the loco...
by ccvstmr
Fri May 03, 2019 9:13 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Bending stake pockets- how thick?
Replies: 10
Views: 1272

Re: Bending stake pockets- how thick?

Glen, as you can tell, there's lots of ways to get from start to finish. Depends on your abilities and capabilities...and what kind of appearance you're shooting for with your end product. You didn't say if you're fabricating for yourself or will be offering pockets for sale to others. From your res...
by ccvstmr
Thu May 02, 2019 4:48 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Bending stake pockets- how thick?
Replies: 10
Views: 1272

Re: Bending stake pockets- how thick?

Glenn, just happened to wander over when I saw your post. Have made several simple dies to press 1/8" wire for 1.5" scale grab irons. Made similar dies for pressing 1/16" sheet metal into offset links. Used a 12 ton laboratory hydraulic press to do my forming. Some thoughts and comments for your con...
by ccvstmr
Thu May 02, 2019 11:56 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Steam Distraction
Replies: 11
Views: 1044

Re: Steam Distraction

...so what are you going to do with the dinghy? :oops: Sorry...couldn't resist!

But let's get to the really important details...are you going to rename the boat? ...to what? ...and what kind of flag will be flying from the bow? Carl B.
by ccvstmr
Mon Apr 29, 2019 11:33 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Test against air pressure vs. water pressure?
Replies: 4
Views: 833

Re: Test against air pressure vs. water pressure?

Doublereef'd...went thru something similar when working with a friend to get my Van Brocklin 2-cylinder water pump operational. This was after several attempts to rebuild the pump and eliminate blow-by. Wasn't about to let my friend hurl the pump across the room and embed it in the shop wall! Took t...
by ccvstmr
Wed Apr 24, 2019 6:14 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Are dynamos too noisy?
Replies: 25
Views: 3188

Re: Are dynamos too noisy?

Used to set up a G gauge RR in the family room for the holidays. Got an LGB box car with a sound module that would plug into the back of any number of LGB locos. Would simply turn the train on and let if run in circles for entertainment (watching the cat deal with the train was a real hoot). As the ...