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by Bill Shields
Thu Feb 22, 2018 9:34 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Pennsylvania Boiler Code Requirements
Replies: 7
Views: 436

Re: Pennsylvania Boiler Code Requirements

As long as you have a travel visa from PA to let you into the state... you are good to go...
by Bill Shields
Thu Feb 22, 2018 4:48 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Pennsylvania Boiler Code Requirements
Replies: 7
Views: 436

Re: Pennsylvania Boiler Code Requirements

Steve: If you are coming to PLS without a certificate from another club and will need a boiler test before you run, it is recommended that you contact the club (Lee is a good place to start) and let them know you are coming (date and approx. time) so that they can have someone who can do the test (w...
by Bill Shields
Tue Feb 20, 2018 5:09 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Question for Bill Shields
Replies: 2
Views: 332

Re: Question for Bill Shields

THEORITICALLY yes...however... You cannot just shrink everything to 1" scale since some of the components do not 'scale' correctly and some of the hole clearances for passageways become really tight between 1 and 1-1/2"....which makes the valve timing a little bit off. In reality, if you were to use...
by Bill Shields
Tue Feb 20, 2018 9:27 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Blower
Replies: 44
Views: 3022

Re: Blower

more than enough air. I also use one on my COAL FURNACE.... adapters can be anything you like. I have one that drops into the stack (stack is cast and has a bead on the outside). I have another that fits INSIDE of a stack that is a straight piece of pipe. Here is a picture of the 40 year old critter...
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: 833

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: 1035

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: 313

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: 934

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: 934

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: 1650

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: 937

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: 937

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.