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by Greg_Lewis
Sun Oct 20, 2019 1:23 pm
Forum: Riding Scale Railroading
Topic: Lathe for turning wheels
Replies: 7
Views: 175

Re: Lathe for turning wheels

Bill has a good idea. Government-owned lathes will have been bought new and more than likely be low mileage. Check your local university surplus or call their property management department.
by Greg_Lewis
Sun Oct 20, 2019 6:07 am
Forum: Riding Scale Railroading
Topic: Lathe for turning wheels
Replies: 7
Views: 175

Re: Lathe for turning wheels

I'd go take a look at that LeBlond that Patio linked to above. You could probably talk him down a bit.

Another thought about used: A friend of mine who was a machinist for John Deere said to watch out for used machines that were used for production. Those used for maintenance will be less abused.
by Greg_Lewis
Sat Oct 19, 2019 11:17 pm
Forum: Riding Scale Railroading
Topic: Lathe for turning wheels
Replies: 7
Views: 175

Re: Lathe for turning wheels

With your experience, I don't think you'll be satisfied with a light-duty bench lathe. One question to answer is how many wheels will you turn and how often? When I bought my lathe a local dealer said that most lathe work is less than 3 inches in diameter and less than 6 inches from the chuck. So fa...
by Greg_Lewis
Mon Oct 07, 2019 8:41 pm
Forum: Build Log
Topic: 3/4" Scale J1e
Replies: 237
Views: 51795

Re: 3/4" Scale J1e

SteveM wrote:
Mon Oct 07, 2019 4:13 pm
JBodenmann wrote:
Mon Oct 07, 2019 9:58 am
Mom always said I was born with a pencil in my hand...
From a medical perspective, that just sounds painful :-)

Steve
Certainly better than the electric drill and the Skill saw....
by Greg_Lewis
Thu Oct 03, 2019 9:30 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: 730 Old Boiler Dissection
Replies: 70
Views: 5986

Re: 730 Old Boiler Dissection

Fender wrote:
Thu Oct 03, 2019 8:52 pm
If you google "sodium sulfite anhydrous" you will find several mail-order suppliers that sell a one-pound jar for less than $10.
Here's one source that will sell from 10 grams to 50 lbs.: http://stores.photoformulary.com/sodium ... anhydrous/
by Greg_Lewis
Wed Oct 02, 2019 1:45 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: So you could have made those....?
Replies: 2
Views: 930

So you could have made those....?

So my sweetheart, who is my biggest booster and is always impressed with even the smallest thing, comes out to the shop to see what I've been up to. I'd made some 3/32 pipe fittings since couldn't find what I needed for the 3/32 tube I'm using as a condensation drain for the dynamo. She looked at th...
by Greg_Lewis
Wed Oct 02, 2019 1:33 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Southern Pacific Blueprints
Replies: 4
Views: 692

Re: Southern Pacific Blueprints

Drawings of steam appliances are difficult to find. Evidently, the manufacturers wanted to sell their own parts, and didn’t want them reverse-engineered by others. Not necessarily on old steam, but what I've sometimes seen is the use of odd threads to prevent the attachment of other folks parts. I'...
by Greg_Lewis
Wed Oct 02, 2019 11:06 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Southern Pacific Blueprints
Replies: 4
Views: 692

Re: Southern Pacific Blueprints

WOW! THANK YOU for posting this. Much valuable information.
by Greg_Lewis
Wed Oct 02, 2019 10:44 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Alcalde & Coalfield High Line
Replies: 159
Views: 64263

Re: Alcalde & Coalfield High Line

... My trousers seem to have shrunk too. Funny how that is. Jack You're right about that. It's like ice cream. Remember when a container of ice cream was a half gallon? Now it's 1 1/2 quarts (but they didn't lower the price). Same thing with trousers. I measured my waist four decades ago at 32 inch...
by Greg_Lewis
Sun Sep 29, 2019 8:53 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Oil firing question
Replies: 38
Views: 2861

Re: Oil firing question

hoppercar wrote:
Sat Sep 28, 2019 7:36 pm
. ...one has to be quick in relighting, to avoid a face full of oil soot, and a nice healthykaboom..when it relights.....but you will have clean tubes for a while
And when you do that in 12-inch scale, it's, uh, exciting. :shock:
by Greg_Lewis
Fri Sep 27, 2019 11:18 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Nelson's tube expander
Replies: 8
Views: 1219

Re: Nelson's tube expander

According to the Elliott Co., a manufacturer of professional tube rolling equipment, the ideal expansion for copper tube is approximately an 8 to 10% reduction in wall thickness. It's a simple exercise in addition and subtraction and some measurements with a telescoping gage to determine how far to ...
by Greg_Lewis
Fri Sep 27, 2019 11:04 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Unexpected Injector Failure Cause
Replies: 22
Views: 2623

Re: Unexpected Injector Failure Cause

i was reading, that the manufacturers of viton o rings, dont recommend them for steam service Consider that "steam service" is a rather all-inclusive term that includes temperatures and pressures much higher than what we have in our applications. One source I checked lists the working temperature o...