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by Fender
Sun Jan 13, 2019 4:42 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Steam in Nashville
Replies: 26
Views: 1867

Re: Steam in Nashville

Originally, the move was scheduled to begin at 7:00 AM. Then, a few days ago, this was changed to be 9:00 AM. But they actually started at 7:00, which is exactly what I expected to happen!
by Fender
Sat Jan 05, 2019 10:25 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Riding a sidewinder
Replies: 9
Views: 738

Re: Riding a sidewinder

No, Bill, my aerobic capacity has diminished!
by Fender
Sat Jan 05, 2019 6:57 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Riding a sidewinder
Replies: 9
Views: 738

Re: Riding a sidewinder

Roaring Camp is a great place for steam loco immersion. Back about 30 years ago, I engaged in a footrace with this same engine going upgrade. It wasn’t too difficult. Don’t think I’d try that now. ☹️
by Fender
Wed Jan 02, 2019 7:53 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Steam Dome Throttle
Replies: 42
Views: 5543

Re: Steam Dome Throttle

There wasn’t a problem with the teflon slide lifting off with pressue in the boiler. But when moving the loco with a cold boiler, it could get out of position. I think he used a coil spring, but a leaf spring would be better.
by Fender
Mon Dec 31, 2018 5:44 pm
Forum: Build Log
Topic: N&W S1a Project - Tender Build
Replies: 23
Views: 3273

Re: N&W S1a Project - Tender Build

One other thought, if the photos are indicative of your turning setup, there may be excessive overhang with the tool bit. You want a minimum of the bit sticking out of the turret tool holder, and the tool to be as close to the center of the carriage as possible, not hanging to one side. With the arb...
by Fender
Mon Dec 31, 2018 5:29 pm
Forum: Build Log
Topic: N&W S1a Project - Tender Build
Replies: 23
Views: 3273

Re: N&W S1a Project - Tender Build

If there is a big difference between your "test" wheel and the steel you ordered, I suspect the problem is that you're not dealing with mild steel, but something else. Don't know if annealing will help, but here's a discussion on annealing cast iron wheels: https://www.chaski.org/homemachinist/viewt...
by Fender
Sun Dec 30, 2018 5:36 pm
Forum: Build Log
Topic: N&W S1a Project - Tender Build
Replies: 23
Views: 3273

Re: N&W S1a Project - Tender Build

If the wheels were torch-cut, then removing the hardened edge with a grinder may speed things up, so the first cut in the lathe is softer stuff. What speed are you turning the wheels? When taking a heavy cut with hss, I get better results with a surface speed about 100 feet per minute or less, and l...
by Fender
Thu Dec 27, 2018 6:00 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Steam Dome Throttle
Replies: 42
Views: 5543

Re: Steam Dome Throttle

About Artzberger’s throttle valve: a friend had to put a spring on top of the sliding teflon valve for positive downward pressure on the valve. Otherwise back pressure could pop it off the seat.
But I have to say, that the “feel” of this throttle is very prototypical!
by Fender
Wed Dec 26, 2018 9:57 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Clyinder Cocks for the LE American
Replies: 9
Views: 883

Re: Clyinder Cocks for the LE American

Charlie, a suggestion: if you were to get some rectangular section bar stock, say 3/8 x 1/2, and bolt that to the underside of the cylinders (flat side against the cylinder) into the cylinder drain holes, then mount the cylinder cocks on the bar pointing outwards, they would not hang down as low. Yo...
by Fender
Sat Dec 22, 2018 1:35 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Coal dust bricks again
Replies: 37
Views: 3086

Re: Coal dust bricks again

That would make it an oil burner. Paraffin is a component of diesel oil.
by Fender
Fri Dec 21, 2018 11:23 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Injector blowing steam back into the tender
Replies: 5
Views: 655

Re: Injector blowing steam back into the tender

+1 on the stuck overflow. Many locomotive injectors had a manual valve that closed the overflow, so the injector could be used to blow steam back into the tender, to keep the water lines from freezing in the winter. The handle on the left side of this photo controlled this valve. So if the overflow ...
by Fender
Thu Dec 20, 2018 10:20 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Smoke generator
Replies: 7
Views: 941

Re: Smoke generator

Incense burner. Put the burning stick inside a pipe that leads to the smokejack on the roof. Unfortunately, they aren't available in "coal smoke" aroma.