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by johnpenn74
Sun Dec 09, 2018 5:40 pm
Forum: Riding Scale Railroading
Topic: Automatic Signals: How many tracks use them?
Replies: 4
Views: 481

Re: Automatic Signals: How many tracks use them?

Well,.... I think Absolute Permissive Block is great and am working diligently to add more. At CSME/ Eagle Point we have 1 signal bridge covers the passenger loading platform (on a curve) and both tracks do red/ green to give occupancy. This past weekend I finally got an APB signal head working (yes...
by johnpenn74
Sun Nov 25, 2018 9:41 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: D valves not seating - how do I fix?
Replies: 10
Views: 868

Re: D valves not seating - how do I fix?

Another issue can be too much restriction in the exit porting / blast nozzle. If the passages or blast nozzle is too small, the exiting pressure will push the d slide up breaking the seal on the slide; ie balancing the pressure to the main cylinder on both side. You might try removing the blast ring...
by johnpenn74
Wed Nov 21, 2018 10:21 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Need EBT two bay hopper dimensions.
Replies: 8
Views: 869

Re: Need EBT two bay hopper dimensions.

Can someone post some picks of the arch bar trucks?

JP
by johnpenn74
Wed Nov 21, 2018 10:19 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Need EBT two bay hopper dimensions.
Replies: 8
Views: 869

Re: Need EBT two bay hopper dimensions.

If you are close to Michiana area the Heston Steam Museum has a 3 bay hopper on site. Sadly, just rusting away.

JP
by johnpenn74
Mon Nov 19, 2018 10:58 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Steam Dome Throttle
Replies: 25
Views: 2369

Re: Steam Dome Throttle

John B,
How does one get the valve stem through the side of the dome and bolt the dome down at the same time?
by johnpenn74
Sat Oct 27, 2018 9:04 pm
Forum: Riding Scale Railroading
Topic: Signal Complexity
Replies: 25
Views: 1806

Signal Complexity

Can I elicit some opinions on the acceptable level of complexity of signals on a live steam railroad? I would like to hear any horror stories about making things to complicated or perhaps success stories where in application of "Prototypical" heads achieved the desired result without confounding the...
by johnpenn74
Sat Oct 27, 2018 8:45 pm
Forum: Riding Scale Railroading
Topic: Bad Vender Service Titan Trains
Replies: 9
Views: 2194

Re: Bad Vender Service Titan Trains

Well I am going off a positive note for the discussion. I ordered 6 sets of trucks, bettendorf, painted semi glass black. The web site posted 4-6 weeks. Trucks were ordered Aug 28 and had it all in my hands (via two ups deliveries) on October 15th. This would be the 3rd batch of trucks and couplers ...
by johnpenn74
Wed Oct 24, 2018 1:56 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Block isolation
Replies: 35
Views: 3509

Re: Block isolation

Jumpers, You didn't ask for it, but for jumpers I use aluminum electric fence wire (it comes in a few different thicknesses) and screw it into the aluminum track with a stainless self tapping screw. The idea is the similar metal should eliminate any corrosion issues. Pictured is the yard entry block...
by johnpenn74
Wed Oct 24, 2018 1:18 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Block isolation
Replies: 35
Views: 3509

Re: Block isolation

Schraeder RR catalog once had the spacers to go between the rails. See picture. About 1/8 thick. I am not sure they make them any more. I have passed a request on to enterprise plastics to make the same but always get a song and dance about about some new half and half product they have in the works...
by johnpenn74
Thu Sep 27, 2018 7:11 am
Forum: Live Steam Marketplace
Topic: Superscale Chicago Injector
Replies: 6
Views: 1778

Re: Superscale Chicago Injector

I have a super scale chicago that I would like to swap for an super scale economy.
by johnpenn74
Wed Sep 12, 2018 12:59 pm
Forum: Riding Scale Railroading
Topic: Ballast tipple design request
Replies: 12
Views: 3722

Re: Ballast tipple design request

I will cast a vote both for and against the grain trailer. We have one of these on our railroad. While the capacity and plug and playability (remove axles, put on blocks) is really good, the general aesthetics and hazards of loading are major detractors. The bin, even off its axles is full height fo...
by johnpenn74
Thu Sep 06, 2018 9:56 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Looking for Hat Section for Car frame
Replies: 2
Views: 790

Looking for Hat Section for Car frame

Has anyone out there had any luck find a roll former that has hat sections that can be used for a frame of a car? I am thinking about 2" tall x 1.5 wide.
The idea is to be a little more prototypical than using 1x2 tube.

The picture is a cushion sill from a N&W caboose in N.Carolina.

JP