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by johnpenn74
Tue Nov 26, 2019 12:14 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Oil burning boiler mods
Replies: 28
Views: 5933

Re: Oil burning boiler mods

Brian, For your Allen 4-6-0 I would recommend you put a steam rated ball valve in the dome instead of a smokebox throttle. I recently did a throttle job on Chris's 0-4-0; replaced the original LE or RSC smokebox throttle with a ball valve in an 8" boiler Smokebox. Getting it all in it was a real pai...
by johnpenn74
Wed Nov 06, 2019 6:18 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: BETTENDORF TRUCK ORDERS
Replies: 15
Views: 6575

Re: BETTENDORF TRUCK ORDERS

Dave, I have NOT received my trucks.

JP
by johnpenn74
Thu Aug 29, 2019 10:51 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Throttle / Regulator
Replies: 3
Views: 1393

Throttle / Regulator

Are there any throttles on modern steam engines that actually regulate pressure to the steam line / chest? That is when the throttle is open to half way you get 40 lbs of pressure whether the engine (cylinder and motion group) moves or not. Allow me to elaborate.... I just returned from Europe / Rus...
by johnpenn74
Thu Jul 11, 2019 8:28 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Got Logs? 2019 July 4 Logging action at CSME
Replies: 5
Views: 1552

Re: Got Logs? 2019 July 4 Logging action at CSME

Naaa...... We have trees and mountains up here. :-)

Post some pictures of the logging branch at Ridge.

We'll probably setup again during the fall meet. Depends on donkey & shay availability... Always room for more. Drop me an email if you want to be notified.

JP
by johnpenn74
Thu Jul 11, 2019 12:08 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Got Logs? 2019 July 4 Logging action at CSME
Replies: 5
Views: 1552

Got Logs? 2019 July 4 Logging action at CSME

Like any project, things get better with patience and persistence.... Over the 4th July week Rodney, Jeff, Ron and myself worked diligently on the logging operation at CSME. This year the logging company took lease of the Monteagle Valley and the abandoned industry spur that was used to build the br...
by johnpenn74
Thu Jun 20, 2019 7:50 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Suspension problems
Replies: 47
Views: 14774

Re: Suspension problems

Along those same lines, I believe the first superpower Bershires had greased friction plates on the trailing truck instead of heart rockers... At least that is the way I interpreted in the book. It would probably at the simplest application given our models and issues with loading,unloading, track, ...
by johnpenn74
Thu Jun 20, 2019 6:36 pm
Forum: Riding Scale Railroading
Topic: Signal Complexity
Replies: 80
Views: 29153

Re: Signal Complexity

Yes, well this is why industrial electrical codes (NFPA, NEC, Etc.) requires safety things like redundant mechanical devices (IE control relays), severing of power for emergency applications (stop and etsop break the power), and intrinsically safe design of the circuit (a correct Robinson detection ...
by johnpenn74
Wed Jun 19, 2019 3:58 pm
Forum: Riding Scale Railroading
Topic: Signal Complexity
Replies: 80
Views: 29153

Re: Signal Complexity

Buckets are a temporary electrical cabinet for the relay board. (pictured earlier) This system uses led trailer marker lights. Best part is they are water proof. You have to take the head off to disconnect / reconnect when changing them out. Two screws pretty easy. The relays are not any more or les...
by johnpenn74
Fri Jun 07, 2019 11:42 am
Forum: Riding Scale Railroading
Topic: Signal Complexity
Replies: 80
Views: 29153

Re: Signal Complexity

Check it out fellas. Eaglepoint Railroad is turning to the Dark side....

Vader hoods on the new ABS route signals.

JP
by johnpenn74
Thu Jun 06, 2019 9:28 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Interlocking tower
Replies: 11
Views: 3610

Re: Interlocking tower

There is a fabulous interchange plant on Pat McCarthy track in Kansas City, Big Creek and Southern. It worth the drive to make the meet just to see all those lights, switches, and the plant at night. CSME is working to add and interlock tower to control the flow of traffic leaving Eaglpoint Yard, th...
by johnpenn74
Thu Jun 06, 2019 9:18 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: CSME Double Tracking Progress
Replies: 8
Views: 3274

Re: CSME Double Tracking Progress

Time for an update... It seem like there is never enough dirt... I mean time... Or both actually. The usual suspects were at it again in the last few weeks and we now have the track all the way up to the twin bridges. Sorry no pictures. This last will connect the run from Saddleback all the way to S...
by johnpenn74
Thu Jun 06, 2019 7:18 pm
Forum: Riding Scale Railroading
Topic: Santa Fe gas electrics
Replies: 5
Views: 2897

Re: Santa Fe gas electrics

Gas electrics.... Well this isn't exactly what you were searching for, but it is a working GAS - Electric. Paul at CSME put it together in the last few months. It is based on a Central New Jersey diesel electric. The prototype being in the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Museum. Small gas motor pulling a ...