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by cbrew
Sun Mar 29, 2020 8:03 am
Forum: Riding Scale Railroading
Topic: Video of run of F7 (MDM Kit) at PNLS
Replies: 2
Views: 220

Re: Video of run of F7 (MDM Kit) at PNLS

fantastic John! I hope to see it soon
by cbrew
Wed Feb 26, 2020 8:52 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Most cost efficient way to get steel tire blanks?
Replies: 38
Views: 3713

Re: Most cost efficient way to get steel tire blanks?

Some A36 plate, grind a treppening tool for the lathe so I can cut the centers out without waste, That's an excellent way to approach the problem, but it's not as easy as it sounds for folks who don't have robust machines. You're caught in a situation where a broad tool requires a lot of rigidity t...
by cbrew
Tue Feb 25, 2020 3:02 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Most cost efficient way to get steel tire blanks?
Replies: 38
Views: 3713

Re: Most cost efficient way to get steel tire blanks?

Agreed. The S-12 I'm building in 2" scale is estimated to come out around 800-1000#'s, yet in full size it was about 250,000#'s. That's 31,250#'s per wheel in full size, yet only 100-125#'s per wheel in 1/6th scale. These loadings shouldn't even phase mild steel, I'd be more concerned with flange w...
by cbrew
Mon Feb 24, 2020 6:34 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Most cost efficient way to get steel tire blanks?
Replies: 38
Views: 3713

Re: Most cost efficient way to get steel tire blanks?

I agree with another poster though and think that a hardened wheel would suffer from low traction. Although, in some cases a lower coefficient of friction can be an advantage. I used 4140 pre-hardened for engine truck wheels, where you want a lower amount of friction for going around curves and not...
by cbrew
Mon Feb 24, 2020 1:25 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Most cost efficient way to get steel tire blanks?
Replies: 38
Views: 3713

Re: Most cost efficient way to get steel tire blanks?

rkcarguy wrote:
Mon Feb 24, 2020 12:33 pm
I agree with another poster though and think that a hardened wheel would suffer from low traction.
a little tool chatter does not hurt either
you know you worked the locomotive like a mule when you have to brush off the alum dust off of frame :shock: :lol: :wink: :roll:
by cbrew
Mon Feb 24, 2020 8:14 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Most cost efficient way to get steel tire blanks?
Replies: 38
Views: 3713

Re: Most cost efficient way to get steel tire blanks?

I had good success using Speedymetals, not the cheapest route but always on task.
https://www.speedymetals.com/c-8242-round-tube.aspx
by cbrew
Fri Feb 21, 2020 10:43 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Bagley burner too hot.
Replies: 10
Views: 1300

Re: Bagley burner too hot.

but rights, you will need to make a smaller burner.
by cbrew
Fri Feb 21, 2020 8:38 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Necessity of hardened crank pins on 3/4” scale
Replies: 49
Views: 6828

Re: Necessity of hardened crank pins on 3/4” scale

for that it is worth, I use 1144 (stress proof) for all my axles and pins.
I do not harden pins. so far this has not been any issues with wear. but i also run propane fired locomotives so i do not have any issues with coal dust etc.
by cbrew
Thu Feb 20, 2020 1:35 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Trailer Security
Replies: 22
Views: 2791

Re: Trailer Security

A local here in Maine has a trailer with a detachable coupler. It wasnt the styel where the coupler bolts to a plate. Instead the tongue had a diagonal dovetail that the tongue slipped into and a vertical grade 8 (5/8") bolt locked it all together. I just searched fofr an image and couldnt find it....
by cbrew
Tue Feb 18, 2020 12:27 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Gauge lights
Replies: 7
Views: 1137

Re: Gauge lights

My brother ad to replace the running leds on his peterbuilt truck, the led inserts make great cab lights, they are the right color and easy to mount on the roof of the cab

I also found a LED that is intended to be used to light up a license plate works great for a site gauge light
by cbrew
Tue Feb 18, 2020 12:18 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: TM 2021 Prep
Replies: 55
Views: 5748

Re: TM 2021 Prep

after getting parked, I simply tell the attendant not to touch anything, i will handle it from here. end of story
by cbrew
Mon Feb 17, 2020 9:27 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: TM 2021 Prep
Replies: 55
Views: 5748

Re: TM 2021 Prep

of course, my fat butt is not climbing up there to do so after words. Reason for me asking that is to show that you, like most considerate and time-conscious people, will do as much prep work before hand as possible and will have everything as close to ready to go as possible before you start the a...