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by johnpenn74
Wed Feb 19, 2020 3:05 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Appropriate tip for Ball oilers?
Replies: 7
Views: 308

Appropriate tip for Ball oilers?

Does anyone know if there is a specific type of oil can tip that should be used when putting oil in to a Ball Oiler? I recently picked up an engine that is riddled with Ball Oilers. I have them all over my lathe and have never had good luck getting oil into them. Seems like oil goes nowhere (fluid l...
by johnpenn74
Mon Feb 10, 2020 6:11 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: CSME Double Tracking Progress
Replies: 13
Views: 4781

Re: CSME Double Tracking Progress

So here are some more pics; mostly on the Eagle Point end of the loop. While I was in Japan, Chirs and the gang got a lot of work completed. Things are shaping up and I am optimistic this will all be complete by the CSME 2020 Spring Meet. Do hope you all will join us for the meet and take a look. JP
by johnpenn74
Mon Jan 13, 2020 12:59 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: CSME Double Tracking Progress
Replies: 13
Views: 4781

Re: CSME Double Tracking Progress

We're off and running again. Started the demo work on the EP - Summit Main section. Since this pic was taken we have put about 1/3 of main #1 back in. Should have it all done by Spring meet. Come and see.

JP
by johnpenn74
Mon Jan 13, 2020 12:44 am
Forum: Riding Scale Railroading
Topic: Signal Complexity
Replies: 82
Views: 34541

Re: Signal Complexity

So time for another update...
Last month made it out to the track and upgraded the signal heads and relay brain on the signal bridge. Pictures came out nice with the fog rolling in.

JP
by johnpenn74
Sun Jan 12, 2020 10:39 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Little Engines Wendy?
Replies: 11
Views: 2758

Re: Little Engines Wendy?

Does anyone know how different the designs are between the two available model?
Is Sweet William (Jack Buckler design) the same thing as the MEG (Dougal Hubner design). They look very similar. Save valve gear and such.

JP
by johnpenn74
Tue Nov 26, 2019 12:14 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Oil burning boiler mods
Replies: 29
Views: 7714

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: 7557

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: 1601

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: 1827

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: 1827

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: 16344

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: 82
Views: 34541

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 ...