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by gwrdriver
Tue Sep 10, 2019 5:05 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Passenger Car Maroon
Replies: 11
Views: 1786

Re: Passenger Car Maroon

I guess it would boil down to what it would look like using a researched or "historic" color, vs. what you think it should look like. Color is an elusive thing and each of us sees it a little differently. If it were me I think I'd take the Floquil swatches to a paint store to see how they compare wi...
by gwrdriver
Fri Aug 02, 2019 9:32 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Recommendation needed for copper boiler repairs
Replies: 15
Views: 2499

Re: Recommendation needed for copper boiler repairs

Keith, given the locomotive and its age, and lacking any other information, that would be a reasonable assumption to make for the sake of discussion.
by gwrdriver
Tue Jul 30, 2019 9:27 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Recommendation needed for copper boiler repairs
Replies: 15
Views: 2499

Re: Recommendation needed for copper boiler repairs

I agree with Dan. The age of your American suggests that it's boiler may be built using a phos-copper solder AND LE's cast bronze 1-pc firebox, which even in their best years were known to have solder-repelling inclusions and porosity. In fairness, far more of these firebox castings (also used on LE...
by gwrdriver
Tue Jul 16, 2019 4:52 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Anybody recognize these parts?
Replies: 1
Views: 999

Re: Anybody recognize these parts?

I'd say you've guessed right. The long narrow castings are Walscheart valve gear frames (in R & L halves) and I would assume the smaller castings close by are frame mounting brackets. I wouldn't know for what locomotive model.
by gwrdriver
Sat Jul 06, 2019 1:19 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Regauging pressed on wheels
Replies: 14
Views: 2781

Re: Regauging pressed on wheels

All things considered, I think that while I was at it (and after 115 years) I'd go ahead and install new axles, and eliminate the worry I might break a wheel. If not, it would be imperative to bear the entire force of the press on the hubs.
by gwrdriver
Fri Jul 05, 2019 8:44 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Purpose of False Valve Seats
Replies: 8
Views: 1527

Re: Purpose of False Valve Seats

I've used valve face "inserts" (my terminology) on two locomotives. In the first instance it was to save castings with poorly placed steam passage cores. In the second instance it was to enable better design and easier machining of steam passages where there was no coring. In both instances the valv...
by gwrdriver
Tue Jun 25, 2019 6:48 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: graphite twine packing
Replies: 3
Views: 1566

Re: graphite twine packing

A good mechanical/plumbing supply, or maybe the local Big Box.
by gwrdriver
Thu Apr 25, 2019 8:36 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Question about a DLS ad
Replies: 16
Views: 5119

Re: Question about a DLS ad

To answer Harold's question of "How did either of them become a standard?", one needs to understand what things were back in say, 1880. There were commercial producers of designs and castings in 1880 and earlier, as well as lone hands beavering away in relative isolation with little or no communicat...
by gwrdriver
Wed Apr 24, 2019 8:17 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Question about a DLS ad
Replies: 16
Views: 5119

Re: Question about a DLS ad

That's a beautiful model. I know there is 5" gauge in Canada, Ottawa Valley LS, Alberta MES, BCSME, Frontenac, Montreal LS, Saskatoon MES, and Vancouver Island LS to name several. In England (and Australia) 5"ga supplanted 3.5"ga as the most popular gauge a couple of decades ago, so this loco would ...
by gwrdriver
Mon Apr 22, 2019 3:53 pm
Forum: Live Steam Marketplace
Topic: Wanted 1/4" brass angle 36" length
Replies: 10
Views: 2627

Re: Wanted 1/4" brass angle 36" length

There are a couple of old-line suppliers I miss . . Special Shapes is one, and Northeastern Scale Models (milled wood shapes.)

I'll be interested to hear if you get a response from K&S. My guess is their angle will be brake metal (bent) rather than milled.
by gwrdriver
Sun Apr 21, 2019 10:14 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Sourcing pig iron
Replies: 13
Views: 4321

Re: Sourcing pig iron

If this was a home foundry situation I could certainly understand, I'd be looking for rotors too, but one of the first things my first mentor (who spent his entire life in aero tool & die) told me was to avoid material of unknown origin and composition. It might be cheaper (or free) but it may not d...
by gwrdriver
Tue Apr 16, 2019 2:55 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Little Engines American Boiler
Replies: 28
Views: 7827

Re: Little Engines American Boiler

Thanks . . . I like that logo on your shirt.