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by gwerhart0800
Tue May 21, 2019 7:45 am
Forum: Build Log
Topic: Basket case 2-4-0
Replies: 22
Views: 6154

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: 811
Views: 159250

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: 2386

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: 3634

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: 2052

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: 3490

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: 25019

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: 3719

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: 4604

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: 1624

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...
by gwerhart0800
Sun Jul 02, 2017 11:00 am
Forum: Home Shop CNC
Topic: Controller conversions for a 1991 HAAS VF-1?
Replies: 9
Views: 5890

Re: Controller conversions for a 1991 HAAS VF-1?

After reading your inputs, we went back to the folks that donated the mill to us and they are going to have their chief machinist come out to help us restore the mill to working order or at least as close as we can get. It does not appear the conversion to a different controller is in the cards for ...