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by johnpenn74
Thu Nov 23, 2017 12:10 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: How to Dry out a boiler for winter storage?
Replies: 16
Views: 743

Re: How to Dry out a boiler for winter storage?

Art Olds once told me he would put water soluble machine oil in the tender on the last tank. Not sure how it worked.
by johnpenn74
Sun Nov 12, 2017 4:59 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Freight Track identification
Replies: 13
Views: 748

Freight Track identification

Does anyone recognize this freight truck bolster? The aluminum broke. I would like to find a replacement.

JP
by johnpenn74
Mon Oct 23, 2017 7:13 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Steam down in the Atlanta Georgia Area?
Replies: 9
Views: 711

Re: Steam down in the Atlanta Georgia Area?

If you want to get out and drive around some there are a lot of static displays a little further out but several within an hour or so of Atlanta. Gainsville, Winder, Jeffersonville, Marietta. etc..

Don't forget to go to the Varsity; Dogs, rings, and an FO.

JP
by johnpenn74
Mon Oct 09, 2017 12:32 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Looking for small sqaure driver
Replies: 5
Views: 664

Looking for small sqaure driver

Does anyone out there have a source for a 7" driver (57" prototype) with a SQUARE counter weight, 12 spokes (4 on the counter weight, 8 open)?

JP
by johnpenn74
Sat Oct 07, 2017 8:24 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: The Chattanooga Choo Choo Hotel
Replies: 11
Views: 1553

Re: The Chattanooga Choo Choo Hotel

It was there when I came up for the EP spring meet. Took a photo. It was in the dining room then.
by johnpenn74
Sat Oct 07, 2017 8:13 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Smokebox Fabrication
Replies: 5
Views: 660

Re: Smokebox Fabrication

If you are trying to meet an odd size (like 7 or 9 inches) I believe tube is available in that size. On my 440 I am thinking I will sleeve over a piece of 9 over the 8.375 boiler shell.

JP
by johnpenn74
Sat Oct 07, 2017 7:35 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Allen Steam Brake Cylinder
Replies: 5
Views: 565

Re: Allen Steam Brake Cylinder

Can anyone explain what the prototype configuration of steam brakes is? Valve type? surely there is some kind of purging mechanism on the cylinder or steam line.

JP
by johnpenn74
Sat Oct 07, 2017 7:33 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Allen Steam Brake Cylinder
Replies: 5
Views: 565

Re: Allen Steam Brake Cylinder

On my ten there was no bleed on the steam side. It was done through the brake lap valve. It works, but takes forever since the ports in the valve are tiny. No application issue, but takes forever to release when when used as a parking brake. Lap valve is pointless on steam of course. I believe a con...
by johnpenn74
Thu Sep 28, 2017 10:16 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Wood Firing a Chloe
Replies: 23
Views: 1475

Re: Wood Firing a Chloe

Some time back I ran Dicks shay on wood. Grates are no different from coal. If you are going to run it on wood a lot, I would recommend the addition of an air dampener to limit the air flow. Ask Bill at Csp&P about the one on his 0-4-2.
by johnpenn74
Thu Aug 31, 2017 9:40 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Fire watch, solid fuel run at Train Mountain?
Replies: 3
Views: 766

Fire watch, solid fuel run at Train Mountain?

As I opened the most recent copy of TM Gazette I got to wondering about the upcoming 2018 Triennial and made a quick thoughts about attending. Sadly the answer is no, as I am all grates and solid fuel. Oh well,... But this led me to ask the question, why isn't there a single run, once a year for sol...
by johnpenn74
Wed Aug 23, 2017 9:53 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Mystery Injector
Replies: 2
Views: 729

Mystery Injector

Can anyone offer any information on the make and manufacturer of the pictured injector?

JP
by johnpenn74
Sat Jul 15, 2017 9:14 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Boiler to Smoke box alignment
Replies: 5
Views: 914

Boiler to Smoke box alignment

Fellow Live Steamers, I am doing some work on my smoke box to boiler connection and am concerned about getting the smoke box aligned rotationally with the rest of the engine. Not being one to eyeball it, can anyone recommend any ways to get alignment BEFORE I start drilling holes that mount the two ...

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