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by Marty_Knox
Mon Jun 11, 2018 2:24 pm
Forum: Riding Scale Railroading
Topic: First Train on the F&CC
Replies: 15
Views: 1231

Re: First Train on the F&CC

Hi Bernie - I didn't use plastic wood. What I used are the molded plastic ties from Enterprise, like Russ said.
by Marty_Knox
Mon Jun 11, 2018 10:27 am
Forum: Live Steam Marketplace
Topic: The Green Goddess is for sale
Replies: 6
Views: 1639

Re: The Green Goddess is for sale

Another picture of the Green Goddess, taken by Al Francis at NEOLS in Medina, Ohio.
by Marty_Knox
Sun Jun 10, 2018 7:20 pm
Forum: Live Steam Marketplace
Topic: The Green Goddess is for sale
Replies: 6
Views: 1639

Re: The Green Goddess is for sale

I will be running the Green Goddess at the Lake Shore Live Steamers next Friday and Saturday, June 15 and 16.
by Marty_Knox
Tue Jun 05, 2018 3:39 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Fusible Plug Thoughts
Replies: 21
Views: 864

Re: Fusible Plug Thoughts

I wouldn't use teflon in the firebox. Burning teflon gives off toxic fumes.
by Marty_Knox
Mon Jun 04, 2018 1:32 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Fusible Plug Thoughts
Replies: 21
Views: 864

Re: Fusible Plug Thoughts

Ben Nixon used to make his own, he used 50/50 solder and put a copper rivet in the middle so it used less solder.
I think cleaning and inspecting it regularly is more important than the filler metal used.
by Marty_Knox
Mon Jun 04, 2018 1:03 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Fusible Plug Thoughts
Replies: 21
Views: 864

Re: Fusible Plug Thoughts

ASME fusible plugs are filled with pure tin.
FRA rules require that a fusible plug be removed, cleaned, and inspected every time the boiler is washed, but not less frequently than 31 service days.
Here is a fusible plug I removed during a boiler wash. It was caught just in time.
by Marty_Knox
Wed May 09, 2018 2:15 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Steel Prices
Replies: 12
Views: 2209

Re: Steel Prices

Well, I just ordered some 1/4" seamless pipe.
Last year I paid $3.17 a foot for 1/4" Schedule 80.
Yesterday the cost was $4.45 a foot for Schedule 40!
by Marty_Knox
Mon Apr 30, 2018 4:23 pm
Forum: Riding Scale Railroading
Topic: First Train on the F&CC
Replies: 15
Views: 1231

Re: First Train on the F&CC

I like the plastic ties. The tie plate and screw holes are molded in. Assembly is really fast. I don't know about the tamping - we haven't done much yet. First we graded the right of way, then spread the sub-ballast. We are laying the track on the sub-ballast. I'm going to wait until all the track i...
by Marty_Knox
Sun Apr 29, 2018 12:28 pm
Forum: Riding Scale Railroading
Topic: First Train on the F&CC
Replies: 15
Views: 1231

Re: First Train on the F&CC

Some more F&CC pictures
by Marty_Knox
Sun Apr 29, 2018 12:24 pm
Forum: Riding Scale Railroading
Topic: First Train on the F&CC
Replies: 15
Views: 1231

First Train on the F&CC

Saturday, April 28, 2018, we ran the first train on the Freeland & Copper Creek. We started building the railroad Labor Day weekend 2017. We finally have enough track down to run a work train. Thanks to John Atkinson, Bill Felton, Al and Alan Francis, George Neuenfeldt, and especially my wife Karen ...
by Marty_Knox
Thu Apr 26, 2018 8:43 pm
Forum: Riding Scale Railroading
Topic: Tom Bee Electric
Replies: 2
Views: 562

Re: Tom Bee Electric

Why not call Tom and ask him?
His number is 248-935-8234
by Marty_Knox
Wed Apr 25, 2018 10:55 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Hello, I am new here and am trying to build an Atlantic without a metal lathe.
Replies: 39
Views: 2781

Re: Hello, I am new here and am trying to build an Atlantic without a metal lathe.

I built my first two locomotives before I owned a lathe. I built my first, a Little Engines 4-4-0, while in college. I was an Industrial Education major specializing in Metalworking. I was able to use the machines in the machine shop. My second locomotive, an Allen Ten-Wheeler, I paid a friend to ma...