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Thanks, James. I wasn't planning on building such valves. I was chatting with Ed Wishart who has balanced valves on his engine and I just wanted to see how it might be done.
Somewhere in what's left of my memory is a recollection of an article or post that included a sketch of balanced slide valves. I think it may have been in Live Steam but a search of their online index came up empty. A search here reveals that there was such an article but does not give the issue. Th...
- Sun Jan 20, 2019 10:52 pm
- Forum: Build Log
- Topic: New York Central Streamlined Hudson
- Replies: 154
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We just got home from a visit to Jack's shop and this locomotive is something that has to be seen in person to fully appreciate. Even the best photos do not completely reveal the level of detail and perfection in this piece. I've seen museum pieces that do not rise to this level. Asteamhead: Barry H...
Thanks for the links, Asteamhead. Fun to hear the drivers slip in the first link. I didn't get any video of my ride. I'm a cellphone luddite and returned the annoying thing to my wife after I shot the cab pix.
I meant to post this months ago but somehow it just didn’t get done. Last August, Honey and I escaped the searing heat of California’s Central Valley to Felton, CA., the home of the Roaring Camp and Big Trees Narrow Gauge Railroad. The Roaring Camp railroad is what I call “user friendly” — there are...
- Wed Jan 02, 2019 9:52 pm
- Forum: Live Steam Marketplace
- Topic: Marker light lenses- availability and sizes?
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You can also get GE push button indicator lenses through online sources such as Ebay or some of the electrical supply houses. You chuck them and part off the diameter you need. They are cut on the interior like a Fresnel lens. Here is one source that has some colors for $2 each. These are surplus. h...
When I was re-doing my shop I discovered a PEX that's rated for air. I decided not to use it since it's not commonly available locally while copper is available at the big box home stores and hardware stores.
... it grows brittle over time and can blow apart violently even at moderate pressures. ... At one time I spoke with an engineer at a PVC manufacturer and he said they do not recommend it for air. Personal story: I had PVC air lines in my shop for quite a few years. After a remodel I replaced them ...