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by gwrdriver
Sat Mar 06, 2021 8:09 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Southern Railways Ps-4 construction info
Replies: 6
Views: 252

Re: Southern Railways Ps-4 construction info

Out of curiosity, are any of the current PS4 designs/drawings/patterns/castings from those offered during the PS4 building "contest" started by Live Steam in the early 1970s? As I recall those were produced by a guy in Chattanooga named Lee Stephens. I also don't remember ever having a loco called t...
by gwrdriver
Wed Mar 03, 2021 5:53 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Curious what everyone else does after a swarf filled day
Replies: 21
Views: 633

Re: Curious what everyone else does after a swarf filled day

In all the time I knew Bill Connor, whose Connor Grasshoppers are so well known, he NEVER cleaned his workshop of swarf. What was brushed off his machines became deep snowdrifts of oily chips lining the walls. I was astonished, primarily because of the fire hazard, but that was his way. He couldn't ...
by gwrdriver
Wed Mar 03, 2021 10:15 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Curious what everyone else does after a swarf filled day
Replies: 21
Views: 633

Re: Curious what everyone else does after a swarf filled day

I come in, change to my "house" shoes, and plop down in the big chair with a cuppa' tea and a cookie.
by gwrdriver
Mon Mar 01, 2021 8:25 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Lathe cutoff tool
Replies: 7
Views: 2369

Re: Lathe cutoff tool

I'm looking for a blade insert holder to use in a rear-mounted parting toolpost (which I've built.) An insert holder which gets raves by ME/HSMs in England is a Sandvik QD item. Although the particular QD holder they list is mounted for use in indexing toolposts, they have apparently concocted a com...
by gwrdriver
Mon Mar 01, 2021 8:32 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: engine
Replies: 5
Views: 564

Re: engine

I can make out the materials, "pipe panels" would be the heads, but based upon the proportions of the boiler materials my guess would be it's a 3hp-2cyl vertical marine engine.
by gwrdriver
Mon Feb 15, 2021 6:01 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: B&O Bell Drawing
Replies: 0
Views: 385

B&O Bell Drawing

I thought this drawing might be of interest to B&O people, or anyone who wants a good bell drawing. The drawing is by Henry Coventry and was publish in Model Engineer in March of 1959. His accompanying commentary to ME included the opinion that many live steam locomotives suffered from poorly design...
by gwrdriver
Sat Feb 13, 2021 6:47 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Ready for the USS Monitor's Steam Engine ? Part 2
Replies: 22
Views: 1680

Re: Ready for the USS Monitor's Steam Engine ? Part 2

Rich,
Thank you for your major contribution to the World model engineering lexicon.
by gwrdriver
Sat Feb 06, 2021 11:29 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: My boiler leak
Replies: 11
Views: 1338

Re: My boiler leak

The historical way of sealing a new or repaired riveted and peened seam boiler was to throw a few shovel-fulls of horse manure into it and steam it up. The fiber in the manure would find its was into the seams and act as a caulk. Of course the natural fiber would eventually break down but by that ti...
by gwrdriver
Wed Jan 20, 2021 11:17 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: lubricator oil
Replies: 8
Views: 1281

Re: lubricator oil

Private message sent.
by gwrdriver
Wed Jan 20, 2021 8:19 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: lubricator oil
Replies: 8
Views: 1281

Re: lubricator oil

Something IS better than nothing, and steam oil is available from a number of hobby suppliers. Are you in or near a club? Steam oil is still used in many industries so your local petroleum distributors (if you have one) will sell it, or if not in stock can get it. Because their smallest quantity wil...
by gwrdriver
Tue Jan 19, 2021 9:36 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: lubricator oil
Replies: 8
Views: 1281

Re: lubricator oil

A question this raises in my mind. and one I've not seen asked or addressed (it may have been, I just haven't seen it) is this . . . does steam oil have any detrimental effects on O-rings? As for lubrication during testing I think steam oil is too viscous, especially if cool. I use an ISO/60 hydraul...
by gwrdriver
Tue Jan 19, 2021 9:17 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Forming boiler sheets for three 3/4-in. scale Virginias
Replies: 46
Views: 9940

Re: Forming boiler sheets for three 3/4-in. scale Virginias

Andy, I don't know how I managed to miss this thread entirely, but I certainly echo all of the compliments expressed by most everyone so far. I've always employed extra measures to insure proper form, fit, and alignment, but you've taken the forming process it to a new level. I know what you mean ab...