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by Fender
Thu Apr 18, 2019 9:19 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Little Engines American Boiler
Replies: 16
Views: 958

Re: Little Engines American Boiler

Well, I didn’t know that LE was offering steel boilers! Might have considered that option if we had known.
by Fender
Tue Apr 16, 2019 5:27 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Little Engines American Boiler
Replies: 16
Views: 958

Re: Little Engines American Boiler

Ha! That’s actually Charlie wearing the MSLS shirt!
by Fender
Tue Apr 16, 2019 12:29 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Little Engines American Boiler
Replies: 16
Views: 958

Re: Little Engines American Boiler

Hi, The grates ended up being about 3.5”W X 4.9”L. A bit smaller than with the copper boiler, but I think it will work fine, with the arch design I copied from Charlie Pipes. Charlie said his American doesn’t steam well without the arch, but he was able to run up the grade at Canton, St. Paul & Paci...
by Fender
Mon Apr 15, 2019 5:53 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Shay Tender Side Sheets
Replies: 2
Views: 325

Re: Shay Tender Side Sheets

I agree with RN. That’s the way I did it. If you start at one end and work towards the other, the holes will gradually creep out of alignment.
by Fender
Mon Apr 15, 2019 2:42 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Little Engines American Boiler
Replies: 16
Views: 958

Re: Little Engines American Boiler

Here’s the setup for reaming the front tube sheet for the copper tubes. If the boiler was mich longer I would have needed s taller drill press! The firebox needed to be reamed before it was installed in the boiler, but after all the welding was done on the firebox itself. Rolling the tubes on the fr...
by Fender
Sun Apr 14, 2019 3:35 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Little Engines American Boiler
Replies: 16
Views: 958

Re: Little Engines American Boiler

Here’s the other end, and the firebox.
by Fender
Sun Apr 14, 2019 3:30 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Little Engines American Boiler
Replies: 16
Views: 958

Re: Little Engines American Boiler

NP317 wrote:
Sun Apr 14, 2019 1:04 pm
Nice! Better welding than I could do.
~RN
Me too! So I hired a pro to do the welding!
by Fender
Sun Apr 14, 2019 8:20 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Little Engines American Boiler
Replies: 16
Views: 958

Little Engines American Boiler

Here are some photos of a steel boiler I am building for a friend. It has ten type K copper tubes 5/8” od and about 14” long. I did most of the fabrication, and had it TIG welded. It’s the first boiler I have made.
by Fender
Sun Apr 14, 2019 7:34 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: East Coast Locomotive Works
Replies: 9
Views: 775

Re: East Coast Locomotive Works

Must have been someone else, because I didn’t get anything from them.
by Fender
Sat Apr 13, 2019 7:46 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Stainless steel boiler/exchanger?
Replies: 99
Views: 12756

Re: Stainless steel boiler/exchanger?

Most copper boilers are silver-soldered together, with a few rivets or screws for locating the pieces. Why don’t I hear about silver-soldering a stainless boiler? Seems that this would avoid the weld zone issues, since no welding would be used.
Note: This is a question, not a recommendation.
by Fender
Thu Apr 04, 2019 9:10 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Temporary Trailer-Engine haul
Replies: 35
Views: 1659

Re: Temporary Trailer-Engine haul

If you are making frequent trips back-and-forth to both locations, consider the cost of doing a “local” rental (meaning it is returned to the same location where it was rented) vs. a one-way rental. It may be a lot cheaper.
by Fender
Wed Apr 03, 2019 9:09 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: types of coal
Replies: 29
Views: 1856

Re: types of coal

Yes. A thin fire, frequently replenished by scattering the fresh coal over the fire, will make less smoke. However, from experience the Alabama stuff is still more smoky than good coal. Another issue is the melting point of the ash. Coal that cokes (meaning that the ash fuses into a blob when burnin...