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by Fender
Sun Sep 23, 2018 8:57 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Coal purchase
Replies: 9
Views: 340

Re: Coal purchase

My experience: Anthracite burns differently than soft coal. If you are burning straight anthracite, the smaller sizes (rice or pea) work better. The smaller sizes have more surface area and are easier to keep a hot fire. In a narrow firebox (such as on a 4-6-0) it works better to mix about 50-50 wit...
by Fender
Tue Sep 18, 2018 5:21 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: fire door openning( right /left)
Replies: 12
Views: 836

Re: fire door openning( right /left)

On a live steam loco that burns coal (and assuming the operator is right-handed) it would be logical for the door to swing to the left. This way, you can get a scoop of coal with your right hand, open the door with your left, throw in the coal, and quickly close the door. The less time the door is o...
by Fender
Sun Sep 09, 2018 9:25 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Understanding types of copper?
Replies: 26
Views: 1058

Re: Understanding types of copper?

A pipefitter once told me (tongue in cheek) that the definition of pipe is “that round stuff with a hole down the middle”!
by Fender
Thu Sep 06, 2018 9:04 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Re-facing Slide Valve & Ports
Replies: 53
Views: 1893

Re: Re-facing Slide Valve & Ports

David, I’m sure the bronze on bronze will work, but lubrication problems in the valve chest is a frequent problem, especially with mechanical lubricators. Bronze wearing against bronze would never be used in industry.
by Fender
Thu Sep 06, 2018 8:38 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Re-facing Slide Valve & Ports
Replies: 53
Views: 1893

Re: Re-facing Slide Valve & Ports

Bronze sliding on bronze is not a good combination. To reduce future wear problems, consider changing the valve to another metal such as cast iron or even glass-filled ptfe. Usually, you want dissimilar metals bearing on each other, such as bronze on steel or bronze on cast iron. An exception is cas...
by Fender
Wed Sep 05, 2018 10:28 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Foundry Question
Replies: 7
Views: 1030

Re: Foundry Question

If you are looking to have single castings made from loose patterns, you’d be better off using Cattail foundry or something similar. The setup charges for mounting patterns on a matchplate will be expensive with oitfits like OK or Acheson.
by Fender
Sun Sep 02, 2018 9:25 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Foundry Question
Replies: 7
Views: 1030

Re: Foundry Question

I’ve used both Acheson foundry in Chattanooga and OK foundry in Richmond. Both are very accommodating to small jobs such as what live steamers want. It’s been a few years since I used OK, but they were able to do the pattern work to mount my patterns on a matchplate for a reasonable cost.
by Fender
Mon Aug 27, 2018 8:06 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: 14 ga. Steel Material cutting
Replies: 11
Views: 640

Re: 14 ga. Steel Material cutting

DavidF wrote:
Mon Aug 27, 2018 1:20 pm
just clamp a length of angle iron to what your cutting for a guide and let the side of the wheel ever so lightly run on it to keep you straight.
Nifty idea!
by Fender
Mon Aug 27, 2018 12:41 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: 14 ga. Steel Material cutting
Replies: 11
Views: 640

Re: 14 ga. Steel Material cutting

With practice you can make straight cuts very accurately with a cutting disk in an angle grinder. A trick to use with a bandsaw is to back up the metal with scrap plywood (put the plywood underneath). This help to keep the saw teeth from catching/snagging on the sheet metal.
by Fender
Sun Aug 12, 2018 4:31 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: steam lines to cylinders
Replies: 6
Views: 837

Re: steam lines to cylinders

I have had exactly that problem. But it took several years before the tubes began leaking. Someone suggested wrapping the part of the copper tubing that is directly in line with the fire tubes with soft copper wire, such as #14 wire, to protect it. Or, you could put a woven stainless sheath over the...
by Fender
Mon Aug 06, 2018 7:33 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: An "OH SHYTE!" moment!
Replies: 7
Views: 722

Re: An "OH SHYTE!" moment!

Reminds me of a good story. About 1970 I was speaking with an old-timer who worked in a railroad shop in the 1920s. They were working in the smokebox of a locomotive, and had removed the exhaust nozzle. Someone accidentally knocked the nuts holding it in place down into the exhaust passage in the cy...
by Fender
Sun Aug 05, 2018 10:01 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Un Lucky 7 Stack
Replies: 22
Views: 1671

Re: Un Lucky 7 Stack

🍺 A toast to the machinist!