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by B&OBob
Sat Apr 18, 2020 8:43 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Just a Note -- Don Ashton
Replies: 4
Views: 2013

Re: Just a Note -- Don Ashton

Thanks for your note, Dave.
Very sorry to learn we lost Don, whose valve gear design booklets were concise and informative without being stuffy.
B&O Bob
by B&OBob
Wed Apr 08, 2020 11:27 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Paint help
Replies: 27
Views: 7186

Re: Paint help

Most external surfaces of my 2.5" Ga B&O B-18 ten wheeler and tender are brass. Forty years ago, before painting, I grit blasted everything prior to assembly with 450-grit aluminum oxide. Admittedly, this is a messy process having to be done outside and requiring a meticulous effort to eliminate eve...
by B&OBob
Sat Nov 09, 2019 12:30 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Running a live steamer "1930s style"
Replies: 31
Views: 14584

Re: Running a live steamer "1930s style"

Actually some riding cars did have brakes. Our 2.5" Ga. car had a steel-clad wood plank about 9" long under the center of the car. The pad was normally retracted by a coil spring on each corner. Actuating the brake lever caused an eccentric cam in the center of the pad to force the brake pad against...
by B&OBob
Thu May 02, 2019 11:25 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Steam Distraction
Replies: 11
Views: 3321

Re: Steam Distraction

Congratulations -- looks great!
How about a descripion and some closeup pictures of the works?
B&OBob
by B&OBob
Mon Apr 15, 2019 11:25 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: 12VCompressor for a Brake Car
Replies: 64
Views: 21574

Re: 12VCompressor for a Brake Car

Nothing is perfect. The pressure switch and high current relay (especially if "automotive" quality) are subject to failure, possibly allowing the compressor to run indefinitely. While compressor maximum output pressure is self-limiting to some extent, it's worthwhile to incorporate a safety valve in...
by B&OBob
Sun Apr 14, 2019 2:09 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: 12VCompressor for a Brake Car
Replies: 64
Views: 21574

Re: 12VCompressor for a Brake Car

Those compressors run at high speed, generarting considerable noise and some vibration. You might want to consider using a ventilated housing with moderate soundproofing and vibration isolation for the compressor. Also, the more air storage capacity in the system, the better to keep the compressor f...
by B&OBob
Sun Apr 07, 2019 8:17 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Vincent Astor's railroad
Replies: 16
Views: 5528

Re: Vincent Astor's railroad

Oops! I apologize for the multiple near-identical posts above. I did not realize the topic had gone to a second page and thought my comments had not been posted. Sorry about that.
B&OBob
by B&OBob
Sat Apr 06, 2019 9:36 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Vincent Astor's railroad
Replies: 16
Views: 5528

Re: Vincent Astor's railroad

A brief Google search reveals a mine of information on this topic.The URL below is for an IBLS page with photos, advertisements, and comments by Keith Taylor on Calvert Holt and his business. http://ibls.org/mediawiki/index.php?title=Calvert_Holt Another IBLS page has additional information, includi...
by B&OBob
Sat Apr 06, 2019 8:14 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Vincent Astor's railroad
Replies: 16
Views: 5528

Re: Vincent Astor's railroad

A brief Google search reveals a mine of infromation on this topic. The URL below for an IBLS page contains photos, advertisements and further comments by Keith Taylor on Calvert Holt's business. Photos of LBSC are also included. http://ibls.org/mediawiki/index.php?title=Calvert_Holt Another IBLS pag...
by B&OBob
Sat Apr 06, 2019 1:35 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Vincent Astor's railroad
Replies: 16
Views: 5528

Re: Vincent Astor's railroad

Looking a little deeper, the URL below to IBLS reveals a little more about LBSC, his brief visit to the U.S., and additional comments on this forum by John K.in 2007.

http://ibls.org/mediawiki/index.php?title=LBSC#1930

B&OBob
by B&OBob
Sat Apr 06, 2019 11:54 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Vincent Astor's railroad
Replies: 16
Views: 5528

Re: Vincent Astor's railroad

Curly's return to England had nothing to do with Wall Street; it was sudden and involuntary. Anyone with a deep interest in the early years of the live steam hobby should consider acquiring back issues of the British Model Engineer magazine, from its 1898 inception at least through the 1960s. Additi...
by B&OBob
Tue Mar 19, 2019 9:23 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Romney, Hythe & Dymchurch tips?
Replies: 7
Views: 2689

Re: Romney, Hythe & Dymchurch tips?

In addition to coseup viewing, I also enjoyed parking a hundred yards from a level crossing to whatch the trains roar through. There was a tragic accident several years later when some moron ignored the flashing warning lights. During our two-week self-conducted 1970 "Model Engineers' England" tour,...