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by STRR
Sun Mar 31, 2019 8:19 pm
Forum: Grand Scale Railroading
Topic: 12" or 15" gauge, what is available?
Replies: 11
Views: 1701

Re: 12" or 15" gauge, what is available?

Gentlemen, Uhrich Locomotive Works in Strasburg, Colorado has or will make anything you desire. He has his own foundry, pattern shop, machine shop, and build shops. He also specializes in 15" trains, has built several of his own and for sale as well. Merrick is also another great place to work with....
by STRR
Sat Mar 09, 2019 7:41 pm
Forum: The Junk Drawer
Topic: Petroleum Jelly (aka Vaseline) shelf life
Replies: 8
Views: 1536

Re: Petroleum Jelly (aka Vaseline) shelf life

That expiration date is only for eating it. If you're using it to make things slippery, the expiration year is multiplied by 100. Since that one is out of date, take it to the manager and ask for a disposal discount of $2. After all, they shouldn't be selling expired Vaseline, somebody could die fro...
by STRR
Sat Mar 09, 2019 7:27 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Spinning bearings with air
Replies: 11
Views: 1314

Re: Spinning bearings with air

The reason you are not supposed to spin bearings with air it two-fold. First: You have NO lubrication on a freshly cleaned bearing. High rpm with no lube spells short life of the bearing. Second: As said earlier, it's easy to exceed the rated speed of the bearing. When cleaning and drying the bearin...
by STRR
Tue Feb 12, 2019 3:57 pm
Forum: The Junk Drawer
Topic: Is there a Civil Engineer in the house?
Replies: 20
Views: 3568

Re: Is there a Civil Engineer in the house?

While I'm not a CE, I have been part of many bridge builds. This is a fairly common joint. The first problem to solve is how to allow expansion without the bridge moving ON the piers. Thus, the off-pier expansion joint. The joint, pictured, allows for sliding action of the section to the right of th...
by STRR
Tue Nov 20, 2018 8:07 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Turning radius
Replies: 3
Views: 1426

Re: Turning radius

Hoppercar,

I sent you a PM with a web site link. See if that answers your questions. Also, if you have access to Grand Scales Quarterly Issue #29, Kell Schmidt wrote a 5 page article on minimum radius curves. He did a pretty good job on the whole subject.

Good Luck,
Terry
by STRR
Sun Nov 11, 2018 8:11 pm
Forum: The Junk Drawer
Topic: Something good about Harbor Freight
Replies: 54
Views: 16250

Re: Something good about Harbor Freight

If you purchase Pittsburgh PRO tools, the steel is very comparable to high quality supplier's tools. If you are buying for a single use or very limited uses, most of their stuff will work. For some of us who demand more of our tools, we need to evaluate the price vs. quality factors keeping safety f...
by STRR
Sun Nov 11, 2018 8:02 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Bucyrus steam crane
Replies: 12
Views: 2833

Re: Bucyrus steam crane

Go to the Grand Scale section and visit this link (if this works) http://www.chaski.org/homemachinist/viewtopic.php?f=51&t=107339&p=398865&hilit=crane#p398865 A little larger than you want but he found the plans somewhere and might be willing to share with you. This one is MASSIVE and TOTALLY AWESOM...
by STRR
Mon Oct 15, 2018 6:36 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Looking for prints for the "Doc Fixit" loco
Replies: 9
Views: 2333

Re: Looking for prints for the "Doc Fixit" loco

Kimball, You are correct. That and one other Pacific were built by George Reddington in L.A. The first was called the Oakland Acorn and the other the Melody Ranch Special. The Acorn train was scrapped after many years of use. The Special was donated to Griffith park. The Acorn boiler needed to be re...
by STRR
Fri Oct 05, 2018 7:40 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: RR Coupler for Trailer hitch?
Replies: 9
Views: 2759

Re: RR Coupler for Trailer hitch?

Kimball, You may want to try a phone order or at least talk to them. Schrader has sold the business and his railroad if I remember correctly. I always loved getting his catalog and seeing all the great things they sold, but you couldn't find them anywhere else. You'll want to make sure you can still...
by STRR
Wed Oct 03, 2018 7:02 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Looking for prints for the "Doc Fixit" loco
Replies: 9
Views: 2333

Re: Looking for prints for the "Doc Fixit" loco

Does anyone know anything about the riding cars Doc Fixit used behind his train? I have the exact same cars, with the exact same trucks, and the exact same capacity. I see the same trucks under Doc's tender. I have had a hard time finding info on the train I own and have found traces here and there ...
by STRR
Wed Sep 19, 2018 7:17 pm
Forum: Riding Scale Railroading
Topic: New and shiny or weathered?
Replies: 12
Views: 4220

Re: New and shiny or weathered?

This hobby is supposed to be fun! rkcarguy, do what makes YOU happy! If you like new and shiny, so be it. If you like the weather beat up look, so be it. They are your trains and you are wasting time worrying about how others see YOUR trains. I say WASTING because you will NEVER make them all happy....
by STRR
Mon Sep 17, 2018 6:39 pm
Forum: Grand Scale Railroading
Topic: New grand scale trucks
Replies: 3
Views: 2310

Re: New grand scale trucks

The side frames are approximately 24" long with an approximate 18 1/2" center to center axle distance. The wheels are 8" tall overall with a 7" tread. Gauge is 18" but can be built at 15" to 18". Double tapered roller bearings on the axle ends makes for extremely low rolling resistance. Sprung and e...