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by ccvstmr
Mon Jul 27, 2020 7:27 pm
Forum: Build Log
Topic: Building the 2.5" Scale Shay
Replies: 861
Views: 216316

Re: Building the 2.5" Scale Shay

Well Robert...once again, someone had to prove to management how expensive being cheap can be! In business terms, that would fall under the "cost avoidance" category! Most people already know the saying...pay me know, or pay me later. All pays the same for the maintenance staff. How easy it is for m...
by ccvstmr
Tue Jul 21, 2020 9:12 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Lubricator
Replies: 9
Views: 716

Re: Lubricator

Hopper Car... Don't know who made the mechanical lubricators on my 10-wheele. Over the years have been trying to reduce the amount of lube delivered to the cylinders. Not only did I drill more holes in the lubricator crank, drilled more holes in the valve gear yoke that drives the lubricator. Choked...
by ccvstmr
Thu Jul 02, 2020 4:29 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: automatic cylinder cocks
Replies: 24
Views: 2217

Re: automatic cylinder cocks

Asteamhead...that's what I thought too. However, have learned some stainless steels ARE slightly magnetic. Therefore, it's easy to be fooled and the magnet test is NOT a tell all to determine ball material. Unless you've specifically purchased balls that are stainless steel (and someone could still ...
by ccvstmr
Thu Jul 02, 2020 1:23 pm
Forum: Build Log
Topic: A Real Dirty Job
Replies: 172
Views: 80876

Re: A Real Dirty Job

...and as we all know Greg, a bridge is ONLY as good as its weakest link! :oops: Sorry, couldn't resist. Believe there was a bridge built long before the subject bridge, where cast links were used. As you can imagine, one or more of the links broke. Whether due to brittle material or fatigue, the en...
by ccvstmr
Thu Jul 02, 2020 1:19 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: automatic cylinder cocks
Replies: 24
Views: 2217

Re: automatic cylinder cocks

Emfinger...have you opened up the valves and examined the balls? Are you sure the balls are stainless steel? Had problems with safety valves that were always weeping. When I took the valves apart, found the balls were pitted. At sometime chrome plated balls were inserted in the valves. As soon as th...
by ccvstmr
Thu Jun 25, 2020 8:51 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Position of Safety Valves
Replies: 15
Views: 2212

Re: Position of Safety Valves

KC...no steam dome? Okay, it is what it is. Here's an idea for consideration...remove the "T" under your whistle and safety valve and replace that with an "X" or cross fitting. Keeps all the hardware in one location. Would think with 1/8" pipe fittings and both safety valves lifted...you could still...
by ccvstmr
Sat Jun 06, 2020 11:44 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Scale
Replies: 13
Views: 1835

Re: Scale

Hoppercar...in the garden railroading part of the hobby, there are actually several scale factors out there. They are all closely related. Depends on which train manufacturer you were dealing with. Generally speaking...trains in that scale "range" are for the "G-gauge" train stuff. Carl B.
by ccvstmr
Thu Jun 04, 2020 5:20 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: how to design an axle pump in 3/4 scale
Replies: 17
Views: 3143

Re: how to design an axle pump in 3/4 scale

squandt (and others for that matter)...if you're building an axle pump, pay attention to the materials used for the check balls and the check ball seats. A stainless steel ball on a brass/soft bronze seat will get "hammered" over time. This assumes you do a lot of loco running. Had this problem with...
by ccvstmr
Sun May 31, 2020 10:45 am
Forum: Build Log
Topic: Couple of Shorties
Replies: 122
Views: 21598

Re: Couple of Shorties

While writing up the construction of the shorties, was surprised nobody questioned why some detail assemblies were made in lots of (3)...when only (2) such assemblies were needed. Part way thru the construction of the model shorties, was in contact with a former club member that has since moved out ...
by ccvstmr
Sun May 31, 2020 9:47 am
Forum: Build Log
Topic: Couple of Shorties
Replies: 122
Views: 21598

Re: Couple of Shorties

Brian, Peter and Greg...many thanks for your additional thoughts on mounting the marker lamps. Using a phono jack for the electrical connections was interesting. Now if only someone made square-ish phono jacks, that would eliminate the rotating problem. Ran into something like this years ago (during...
by ccvstmr
Sun May 31, 2020 9:28 am
Forum: Build Log
Topic: Some Little Baloney
Replies: 8
Views: 1709

Re: Some Little Baloney

Jack...super details...fantastic workmanship. Beginning to think you have a magic wand. When you close your eyes and wave your wand... something magical appears in your shop. That, or you have some extremely talented gremlins in the shop that are super busy at night while you're sleeping! LOL. Thank...
by ccvstmr
Thu May 28, 2020 5:20 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: FAMC marker lamps
Replies: 5
Views: 1518

Re: FAMC marker lamps

Does anyone have information on whether the Franklin Automatic Machine Company lamps are still being made and sold? I can’t find a website for FAMC, and sadly FlashersRUs is gone with the passing of the owner. Thanks, Brian Brian...yes, the marker lamps (various styles) are still being made. Your b...