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by Fender
Fri Dec 06, 2019 9:37 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Kit Iron Castings
Replies: 16
Views: 736

Re: Kit Iron Castings

Iron foundries have been increasingly changing over to ductile iron. I inquired about getting some ductile wheels cast about 15 years ago, and the foundry was only doing ductile occasionally at that time. Now, the same foundry predominantly does ductile, to the exclusion of grey iron. A different pr...
by Fender
Wed Nov 27, 2019 9:59 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: 0-6-0 L9 Switcher, differences
Replies: 45
Views: 7642

Re: 0-6-0 L9 Switcher, differences

rkcarguy wrote:
Wed Nov 13, 2019 4:47 pm
That's quite the project! It's interesting that the Australians model in 2" scale on 7-1/4" gage tracks.
Two-inch scale on 7.25” gauge track corresponds well with 42” gauge full-size railroads.
by Fender
Tue Nov 26, 2019 5:40 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: pneumatic bell ringer
Replies: 10
Views: 1234

Re: pneumatic bell ringer

I'm assuming the bell, just like whistles in this hobby, would have to be made deliberately "out of scale" in order to sound convincing. An oversized "good-sounding" bell should be more than able to accommodate an internal clapper-type ringer. Is my assumption correct? Physics does not scale down, ...
by Fender
Sun Nov 24, 2019 3:35 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Which pressure gauge to use?
Replies: 27
Views: 1749

Re: Which pressure gauge to use?

I don't think that either gauge will give you the results you desire, because you are needing to measure vacuum in fractions of 1 psi. A manometer that shows the smokebox vacuum as the difference in the levels of water in two columns would be more discriminating. There are also inexpensive digital m...
by Fender
Fri Nov 22, 2019 10:26 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Fire in the smokebox?
Replies: 6
Views: 633

Re: Fire in the smokebox?

If they would just remove all the netting in the smokebox, they wouldn’t need to do do this. But then they might have a different problem...


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by Fender
Tue Nov 12, 2019 9:29 pm
Forum: Build Log
Topic: 2.5 Inch Scale Boxcar From the Wheels up
Replies: 38
Views: 13856

Re: 2.5 Inch Scale Boxcar From the Wheels up

Pipescs wrote:
Tue Nov 12, 2019 6:39 pm
Tom Artzberger has the parts from the wheels up !!!!
So at this point I am curious about the above input.

How does one locate Tom?
Tom Arzberger = Hartford Shops = www.tacllc.biz
by Fender
Thu Nov 07, 2019 6:09 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Draft plates
Replies: 6
Views: 896

Re: Draft plates

From my experience burning coal, cinders tend to accumulate below and in front of the front tube sheet. Perhaps this “baffle” would tend to increase the gas velocity there, scour away the accumulation of cinders, and direct them toward the front of the smokebox.
by Fender
Sun Oct 27, 2019 12:43 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: 730 Old Boiler Dissection
Replies: 75
Views: 16420

Re: 730 Old Boiler Dissection

Might be interesting to compare how well the scaled-up tubes are (or aren't) cleaned by the descaler, the CLR or the LSB in boiling hot water (?)
by Fender
Sat Oct 26, 2019 10:49 pm
Forum: Build Log
Topic: Building the 2.5" Scale Shay
Replies: 834
Views: 172732

Re: Building the 2.5" Scale Shay

That’s a good point about the reduced velocity. Some of the embers end up dropping down into the “funnel” around the outside, on the bottom of the stack.
by Fender
Sat Oct 26, 2019 4:18 pm
Forum: Build Log
Topic: Building the 2.5" Scale Shay
Replies: 834
Views: 172732

Re: Building the 2.5" Scale Shay

My understanding of how these “centrifugal separator” stacks (including the Rushton and Radley & Hunter) are supposed to work, is that the larger embers are forced to tumble around inside at the periphery of the stack, until they disintegrate into smaller pieces. Then, their smaller mass allows them...
by Fender
Fri Oct 25, 2019 8:04 am
Forum: Build Log
Topic: Building the 2.5" Scale Shay
Replies: 834
Views: 172732

Re: Building the 2.5" Scale Shay

“ Still plenty of other parts to fabricate too, plus could use some recommendations on the size screen to use in the upper portion as the final filter to catch any sparks.” I used some 6x6 mesh ss screen from McMaster-Carr, which seemed pretty effective. But the R&H stack is supposed to separate the...
by Fender
Mon Oct 21, 2019 3:57 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Truck history
Replies: 7
Views: 1564

Re: Truck history

By 1916 most of the pressed-steel sideframes had disappeared, replaced by cast-steel. Some, like Andrews, Barber, Crown and Barber used standard MCB journal boxes bolted onto the cast sideframe. Others, like Bettendorf and Vulcan cast the journal box integral to the sideframe. And archbar trucks wer...