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by Bill Shields
Wed Feb 14, 2018 4:38 pm
Forum: Live Steam Marketplace
Topic: Now available: Charlie Purinton 3-1/2" gauge 4-4-2 castings
Replies: 7
Views: 792

Re: Now available: Charlie Purinton 3-1/2" gauge 4-4-2 castings

Our Tich, at 19# wet and running would pull 300# of passengers around NJLS and PLS tracks.

Tom Thumb at 50# wet will pull 350# of passengers completely around WLS track, which has a long grade...

Locos are more fun when you make them WORK.

Anyone can run a loafer around.....giggle....
by Bill Shields
Wed Feb 14, 2018 4:32 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Oil Firing 3/4" Scale
Replies: 21
Views: 946

Re: Oil Firing 3/4" Scale

It is really tough to get an oil flame to burn completely in under a 6" long flame, especially when cold and under a varying load / draught. This is even more difficult when the flame is CONICAL and needs as much HEIGHT as width. The Bagley burner concept has the best chance because you can control ...
by Bill Shields
Mon Feb 12, 2018 4:51 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Worm Oil Substitutes
Replies: 8
Views: 280

Re: Worm Oil Substitutes

considering the load on the gearbox, just use differential oil.

I started using it in my saw about 30 years ago...will probably outlive me.
by Bill Shields
Sun Feb 11, 2018 5:48 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Expanding ¾”-Scale
Replies: 15
Views: 857

Re: Expanding ¾”-Scale

giggle......

There is just something about being a steam loco driver, especially coal powered that just has to be 'hands on' to be appreciated.
by Bill Shields
Sun Feb 11, 2018 7:29 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Expanding ¾”-Scale
Replies: 15
Views: 857

Re: Expanding ¾”-Scale

When you consider the growth / attendance rate of the Gauge 1 tracks that I see, the thought is not without merit, however the attraction of the Gauge 1 appears to include the ability to put loco and long trains all into a small car and head to the track. Clubs and some state regulations that in man...
by Bill Shields
Fri Feb 09, 2018 8:10 am
Forum: Lathes
Topic: Lathe DRO recommendation
Replies: 20
Views: 1604

Re: Lathe DRO recommendation

If you want to see a way to mount one of the DROPRO systems on a SB Heavy Ten, take a look on their www site.
by Bill Shields
Thu Feb 08, 2018 8:48 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Metallurgy of Steam Engines
Replies: 21
Views: 861

Re: Metallurgy of Steam Engines

Just stay away from aluminum bronze unless you really know what you are getting in to.
by Bill Shields
Thu Feb 08, 2018 5:19 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Metallurgy of Steam Engines
Replies: 21
Views: 861

Re: Metallurgy of Steam Engines

absolutely the best place to start..a solid proven design that doesn't require a home mortgage or 3 decades to build.
by Bill Shields
Thu Feb 08, 2018 4:49 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Metallurgy of Steam Engines
Replies: 21
Views: 861

Re: Metallurgy of Steam Engines

heat comes from combustion of coal and inefficient transfer of the gas temperature to the boiler / water...so smokebox inside temps are always higher than steam temp.
by Bill Shields
Thu Feb 08, 2018 4:47 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Brass rod half round 1/8" or German Silver Wire
Replies: 17
Views: 2539

Re: Brass rod half round 1/8" or German Silver Wire

I have done the wind up also and it works great
by Bill Shields
Wed Feb 07, 2018 5:52 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Brass rod half round 1/8" or German Silver Wire
Replies: 17
Views: 2539

Re: Brass rod half round 1/8" or German Silver Wire

The milling fixture looks like this.

Mill a 1/2 slot in the block.

clamps get drilled, block gets tapped.

One clamp has a 1/2 round slot in it, the other does not.

Separate the 'clamps' by a distance that will accommodate an end mill.
by Bill Shields
Tue Feb 06, 2018 10:06 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Wendy suspension vs. 'normal' springing.
Replies: 24
Views: 1862

Re: Wendy suspension vs. 'normal' springing.

I have a 50 year old 1" 2-4-0 on my work bench that has a rigid rear axle, springs on the front (not equalized in any way) and tracks like nobody's business...all this with Southern Valve gear which is also sensitive to real axle position. In many ways, it is suspended very similar to the Raritan (a...