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by ccvstmr
Wed Jan 17, 2018 5:37 pm
Forum: Riding Scale Railroading
Topic: Surveying techniques?
Replies: 27
Views: 905

Re: Surveying techniques?

Does somebody out there in "Chaski-land" have one of those RRSC engineering manuals? Think there was a table in there that showed a loco has 10% of the pulling power on a 2% or 2.5% grade compared to level track. For some reason, that number sticks in the mind. In my own experience, have never perfo...
by ccvstmr
Sun Jan 14, 2018 8:20 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Cab roof material?
Replies: 19
Views: 797

Re: Cab roof material?

Greg...John described the basic process used when I rebuilt my cupola caboose roof (he did in a lot less words). You can search for the cupola caboose rebuild article I posted here on Chaski a few years ago. When using the SIGS Stix-It heat activated adhesive...make sure you're in a WELL VENTILATED ...
by ccvstmr
Fri Jan 12, 2018 10:28 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Behemoth engines
Replies: 7
Views: 617

Re: Behemoth engines

...I'd suggest contacting Ken Schroeder in Gardnerville, NV. Sorry, don't have contact info readily available. Ken sells various shay castings...think in 1.5/1.6 as well as 2.5" scales. Don't know if he still does contract build projects. Carl B.
by ccvstmr
Thu Jan 11, 2018 10:56 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: The Latest Lineup at Ridge Boiler
Replies: 19
Views: 912

Re: The Latest Lineup at Ridge Boiler

Marty...that IS an impressive line up. Good work!

It's a shame we will most likely never see those boiler mounted to their frames, dressed out and lined up side-by-side under steam at some track. In the meantime, bet you can't wait to regain that open space in the shop! Nice job. Carl B.
by ccvstmr
Thu Jan 11, 2018 10:48 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Places or people to visit in Germany in February
Replies: 4
Views: 269

Re: Places or people to visit in Germany in February

There is a large scale RR club in Oberursel located Northwest of Frankfurt, but don't think you'll see trains running this time of year. If you visit the town website, there is some contact info for the club. You might still be able to link up with someone even if you don't get to see any running tr...
by ccvstmr
Sun Dec 24, 2017 11:27 pm
Forum: Build Log
Topic: 1800s Pilot Construction
Replies: 19
Views: 1023

Re: 1800s Pilot Construction

...aw shucks. After machining helical pilot staves, the rest of the loco ought to be a "piece of cake"! What other neat machining processes have you got up your sleeve(s)? After all...sometimes we find the journey more interesting and fun than the destination! Looks great! Carl B.
by ccvstmr
Sat Dec 23, 2017 8:56 pm
Forum: Riding Scale Railroading
Topic: Track Circuit Occupancy Detection
Replies: 21
Views: 1051

Re: Track Circuit Occupancy Detection

John...have to believe the UP side notes go way beyond good ole American flag-waving! More to the point, the UP (and most likely other Class 1 railroads) tried some inferior foreign made materials that did NOT hold so well. Yes, a corporate bean counter looked good as he/she saved the company a few ...
by ccvstmr
Fri Dec 22, 2017 10:39 am
Forum: Riding Scale Railroading
Topic: Track Circuit Occupancy Detection
Replies: 21
Views: 1051

Re: Track Circuit Occupancy Detection

Dino...have you got a break out photo of all the parts that make up that insulated joint? There's more there than meets the eye...isn't there? Carl B.
by ccvstmr
Thu Dec 21, 2017 1:23 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Cab: Wood or metal?
Replies: 23
Views: 1143

Re: Cab: Wood or metal?

Greg...have you thought about making an aluminum cab like Cal T....and then "distressing" the aluminum with a stiff wire brush to look like wood? Think having a cab sturdy enough to be yanked on is important. If for nothing else, just moving the loco in/out of the steaming bays or other. If you don'...
by ccvstmr
Wed Dec 20, 2017 9:03 am
Forum: Riding Scale Railroading
Topic: Your RR grading methods??
Replies: 14
Views: 759

Re: Your RR grading methods??

One Inch...think you hit it on the head there...a pre-emergent chemical treatment. This is the preventative approach...rather than chasing your tail with repeated weed killing chemicals AFTER-THE-FACT! Understand pre-emergent chemicals aren't cheap and may take a few tries to figure out the proper d...
by ccvstmr
Fri Dec 15, 2017 12:20 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Train brakes for the little Mogul
Replies: 35
Views: 2689

Re: Train brakes for the little Mogul

...looks like a photo out of Reed's book of Train Wrecks. Although I'd have to say, if the loco was doing 70 mph...I doubt very much the engineer had his hand on the brake lever BEFORE the tire came loose. Therefore, heat from braking might not have been a factor. After the fact...no doubt, it was t...
by ccvstmr
Thu Dec 07, 2017 9:16 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: How to post pictures?
Replies: 3
Views: 314

Re: How to post pictures?

...if your camera software does not have adequate photo re-sizing capability...you will most likely have access to something like M/S Paint. You can import the original photo file and by using the IMAGE drop down menu, resize the photo file using STRETCH/SKEW. Use the same percentage to shrink both ...