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by Bill Shields
Tue Aug 21, 2018 5:29 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: 3 1/2 ha riding car drawings/ for sale
Replies: 15
Views: 720

Re: 3 1/2 ha riding car drawings/ for sale

I would put brakes and iffset link couplers on your 1" cars and enjoy.

See you saturday.
by Bill Shields
Sun Aug 19, 2018 5:41 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: 3 1/2 ha riding car drawings/ for sale
Replies: 15
Views: 720

Re: 3 1/2 ha riding car drawings/ for sale

I also prefer use of steel links and pins instead of couplers in small scale. Much less headache.

But rhen I am not known for being a rivet counting model maker.
by Bill Shields
Sun Aug 19, 2018 11:00 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: 3 1/2 ha riding car drawings/ for sale
Replies: 15
Views: 720

Re: 3 1/2 ha riding car drawings/ for sale

Labor day weekend. Saturdau for sure...maybe friday also.

If you like I can bring a 3/4" track car so that you can see. There will be many 1" riding cars there anyway so that ypu can compare stability. Brittany rides on a 1" car that I built for her that she pulls behind her 3/4 loco.
by Bill Shields
Sun Aug 19, 2018 6:38 am
Forum: Grand Scale Railroading
Topic: Shortest steam up in history
Replies: 16
Views: 337

Re: Shortest steam up in history

the fellows that I have seen run are doing it on a lot less than 40 HP.

I don't know exactly, but I would guess 5 HP or less....with no load drawbar load except the compressor on a flat car
by Bill Shields
Sat Aug 18, 2018 8:15 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Choice of prototype
Replies: 35
Views: 971

Re: Choice of prototype

only TWICE the work? Giggle....

I would rather build 2 boilers than go through the headaches of the articulation...but then I have always been a little odd about things like that.
by Bill Shields
Sat Aug 18, 2018 4:00 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Choice of prototype
Replies: 35
Views: 971

Re: Choice of prototype

Ah...so you are not going to take the loco to a 'club' and run it around a track? Or you have a track at the location where you will build? I am a simple locomotive builder (now) and am building something that I can almost 'hand carry' to / from my car. Being a LIVE STEAMER here in the USA means (to...
by Bill Shields
Sat Aug 18, 2018 2:56 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Choice of prototype
Replies: 35
Views: 971

Re: Choice of prototype

transport 'by parts' translates as separating locomotive from the tender. How long will the LOCOMOTIVE ALONE be? Do / will you have a trailer large enough to transport just the loco? if you have such transport available, that is good -> you are 1/2 way to the solution. NOW consider -> where you will...
by Bill Shields
Sat Aug 18, 2018 11:15 am
Forum: Grand Scale Railroading
Topic: Shortest steam up in history
Replies: 16
Views: 337

Re: Shortest steam up in history

Really inspiring video.

I have seen more than one 'steamer under construction' going around a track, dragging an IC powered air compressor on a flat car.

It's a good (and cool) way to troubleshoot all sorts of problems.

There are very few things less manageable than a hot steam locomotive.
by Bill Shields
Fri Aug 17, 2018 7:11 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Choice of prototype
Replies: 35
Views: 971

Re: Choice of prototype

consider what it will weigh and how you will move it during and after construction

a 7.25" gauge challenger is a HUGE piece of equipment (having seen one)...
by Bill Shields
Thu Aug 16, 2018 9:13 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: 3 1/2 ha riding car drawings/ for sale
Replies: 15
Views: 720

Re: 3 1/2 ha riding car drawings/ for sale

Suggest you consider a 1" scale set of trucks for your 3/4" loco...

They are a lot easier to balance on (especially as we get older)…..
by Bill Shields
Wed Aug 15, 2018 4:11 pm
Forum: Milling Machines
Topic: My new mill
Replies: 24
Views: 443

Re: My new mill

You are going to have to be quite agile to wiggle in there to attach the DRO...giggle...
by Bill Shields
Wed Aug 15, 2018 12:16 pm
Forum: Milling Machines
Topic: My new mill
Replies: 24
Views: 443

Re: My new mill

Yes..an eye loaded so that it is not coaxial with the threaded area can bend and /or snap off unless it has a SHOULDER on it to prevent such. do a google search on LIFTING SWIVEL and /or SWIVEL EYE BOLTS and if you have a RIGGING HANDBOOK...the Bible from which I learned rigging in the previous mill...