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by gwerhart0800
Thu Oct 31, 2019 8:43 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Little Engines Wendy?
Replies: 11
Views: 2774

Re: Little Engines Wendy?

The other odd thing about that engine is it does not have a traditional firebox. ... 1572529400
by gwerhart0800
Tue May 21, 2019 7:45 am
Forum: Build Log
Topic: Basket case 2-4-0
Replies: 28
Views: 11025

Re: Basket case 2-4-0

There is a member of the Rocky Mountain Rails that rescued a Little Engines 4-4-0 that had been window decoration for a barbershop (I think). He has spent quite a bit of time getting it running, but seems to have enjoyed the rebuilding process. I hope you find the same satisfaction.
by gwerhart0800
Wed Feb 06, 2019 10:27 am
Forum: Build Log
Topic: Building the 2.5" Scale Shay
Replies: 837
Views: 185090

Re: Building the 2.5" Scale Shay

I am about to start the "solder sealing" step on the water legs of the tender I am building and wanted to know, do you use a big soldering iron or a torch for heat?
by gwerhart0800
Fri Dec 14, 2018 6:19 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Penberthy Injector question
Replies: 9
Views: 2890

Re: Penberthy Injector question

I had a Penberthy BB-21 on a traction engine it was mounted about 18 inches higher than the spot that it entered the boiler. I loved that injector ... it worked every time without fail.
by gwerhart0800
Wed Nov 14, 2018 12:16 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Ed Perry
Replies: 10
Views: 4986

Re: Ed Perry

As a data point, Rich Ulin just got a new boiler from Ed a few weeks ago. It took longer than originally promised, but it was a bit complicated because it has a copper firebox, copper tubes, but the rest is steel. (Don't ask me why Rich wanted the copper firebox ... I don't really know why.)
by gwerhart0800
Thu Nov 08, 2018 10:49 am
Forum: Live Steam Marketplace
Topic: New Tender Tank Kits
Replies: 4
Views: 2490

Re: New Tender Tank Kits

Steve, First off, thanks for all that you are doing to make building a locomotive more achievable for those of us with less skill (and less time). I ordered one of the 30" kits for the Fitchburg Northern project engine that I purchased recently. I had also ordered the casting set for the tender fram...
by gwerhart0800
Thu Nov 01, 2018 10:25 am
Forum: Live Steam Marketplace
Topic: New laser cut tender tank kits from Allen Models!
Replies: 11
Views: 4257

Re: New laser cut tender tank kits from Allen Models!

I placed my order for the smaller tank (for a Fitchburg Northern) this morning as soon as I saw this.

Any recommendations for the rivet tools?
by gwerhart0800
Thu May 31, 2018 8:08 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Stainless steel boiler/exchanger?
Replies: 100
Views: 30626

Re: Stainless steel boiler/exchanger?

There is a 4" scale porter on DLS that has been up for sale for a while. The owner proudly describes the boiler: "New Boiler in 2010- 10-1/4" x 33" EXTRUDED STAINLESS STEEL with mild steel sheets front & back with 17 schedule K copper flues. " When I saw that, I immediately factored a new, non-stain...
by gwerhart0800
Tue Apr 17, 2018 12:01 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Locomotive Roller Test Stand
Replies: 15
Views: 4297

Re: Locomotive Roller Test Stand

The main reason for asking is the problem of valve timing. This is a Maxitrak locomotive that i have running smoothly in reverse but is terrible forward. Using a roller stand should help get the timing right. Valve gear is Marshall Bill I am working on a Maxitrak Lil'Jo "Mogul" and the timing is a ...
by gwerhart0800
Wed Mar 14, 2018 7:19 am
Forum: Live Steam Marketplace
Topic: E-Mail today, Offer casting fully Machine
Replies: 16
Views: 5085

Re: E-Mail today, Offer casting fully Machine

As a founder of a MakerSpace (, I can whole heartedly endorse the idea of using a makerspace to gain access to equipment needed to construct a locomotive. However, that comes with some constraints. For example, you can't do a setup on a mill and leave it for a week until...
by gwerhart0800
Sun Jul 16, 2017 10:52 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Low/No water ...
Replies: 4
Views: 1791

Low/No water ...

Let me first say, that all of my steam experience is with running G-Scale live steam and an 1891 Groton Traction engine I used to own. Yesterday, we had a situation at our track where a new member with a 1" scale steam engine had a low/no water situation. The engine is one that he and his father pur...