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by Fred_V
Sun Jun 09, 2019 8:33 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: linkage pin material
Replies: 3
Views: 354

Re: linkage pin material

I have been using Drill rod for the wrist pins and crank pins. It is easy to machine and wears well without hardening.
by Fred_V
Fri Jun 07, 2019 7:50 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Boiler treatment
Replies: 23
Views: 895

Re: Boiler treatment

I think drying the boiler after running is the most important thing you can do. I blow down at about 30-40 PSI. It has often been said that this will dry the boiler. It does not. I remove everything from the dome and remove the washout plugs. Then place a computer fan, in a housing, on top of the do...
by Fred_V
Mon Jun 03, 2019 7:32 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: vaccuum brakes
Replies: 1
Views: 249

Re: vaccuum brakes

Do you have a shutoff supply valve going to your brake valve? If so try throttling the steam. I found that I have to do that and I hooked a vacuum gauge to the ejector to find the sweet spot.
by Fred_V
Sat Jun 01, 2019 6:50 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Whistle setting
Replies: 10
Views: 613

Re: Whistle setting

Thanks Dan. I always wondered about the slit and what difference it made.
by Fred_V
Fri May 31, 2019 6:57 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Whistle setting
Replies: 10
Views: 613

Re: Whistle setting

If you are using this on a livesteam loco it would be better to lower the sound level for the benefit of those around you.

It could be the center rod is bent rather than the threads being off. Just straighten the rod.
by Fred_V
Sun May 26, 2019 7:09 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Boiler Dry Pipes Question
Replies: 4
Views: 443

Re: Boiler Dry Pipes Question

Those would be the hollow stays. The dry pipe is the steam pipe from the dome throttle valve to the smokebox. You can just cut wood plugs and tap them into the holes at the backhead as a temporary fix. Exciting day for you to fire it for the first time. I'll be doing that with a friend on Monday on ...
by Fred_V
Wed May 22, 2019 7:18 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Engine Cleaner (exterior)
Replies: 26
Views: 1870

Re: Engine Cleaner (exterior)

I've tried WD and it discolored bare metal over time. The best I've found is Purple Stuff, sold under different brand names. That stuff has a grease cutter and really does a great job and leaves no residue. Wash off with water.
by Fred_V
Wed May 22, 2019 7:14 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Super heated Steam Throttle Lag
Replies: 28
Views: 2285

Re: Super heated Steam Throttle Lag

Dave, I used flare fittings. I've used compression also and I think those fittings are a bit smaller but I'm not positive about that.
by Fred_V
Sat May 18, 2019 7:12 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Super heated Steam Throttle Lag
Replies: 28
Views: 2285

Re: Super heated Steam Throttle Lag

Steam from the dome throttle enters the center tube of the SH at the smokebox and goes to the firebox tee fitting. Then around the other 2 legs of the SH and back through the flues to the smokebox and to each cylinder. The pipe unions come up to a tee and are the exhaust blast. for some reason i can...
by Fred_V
Thu May 16, 2019 9:12 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Super heated Steam Throttle Lag
Replies: 28
Views: 2285

Re: Super heated Steam Throttle Lag

My throttle is in the dome ahead of the S heater. 3 long tubes go it through the smokebox and screw into nipples welded to the SH so it comes apart easily.
by Fred_V
Thu May 16, 2019 7:34 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Super heated Steam Throttle Lag
Replies: 28
Views: 2285

Re: Super heated Steam Throttle Lag

Dave, with that many tubes you might actually get some superheat. Most guys say they only get dry steam.
Here is what I have; made from 1/4" SS pipe. Short firebox so not much exposure.
by Fred_V
Tue May 14, 2019 7:51 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Long Henry-Tribute on a Train
Replies: 6
Views: 781

Re: Long Henry-Tribute on a Train

Amazing Chris. just getting that many coal cars surprised me.

Not to rain on your parade but in the USA I think the record was 250 cars.