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by johnpenn74
Mon Oct 09, 2017 12:32 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Looking for small sqaure driver
Replies: 5
Views: 512

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)?

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by johnpenn74
Sat Oct 07, 2017 8:24 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: The Chattanooga Choo Choo Hotel
Replies: 11
Views: 1385

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: 527

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.

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by johnpenn74
Sat Oct 07, 2017 7:35 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Allen Steam Brake Cylinder
Replies: 5
Views: 431

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.

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by johnpenn74
Sat Oct 07, 2017 7:33 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Allen Steam Brake Cylinder
Replies: 5
Views: 431

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: 1047

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: 707

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: 687

Mystery Injector

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

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by johnpenn74
Sat Jul 15, 2017 9:14 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Boiler to Smoke box alignment
Replies: 5
Views: 854

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 ...
by johnpenn74
Sat Jul 15, 2017 8:27 pm
Forum: Live Steam Marketplace
Topic: Allen Models needs votes.
Replies: 20
Views: 1947

Re: Allen Models needs votes.

I will second the Scotts suggestion for the short wheel base 4-4-0 based on the mogul main rod. I would also like to throw in two cents on what a fast first build the 4-4-0 is. There are several things that make this a easier build than the 4-6-0, side rods, reduced braking components (jam brakes) F...
by johnpenn74
Thu Jul 06, 2017 12:02 am
Forum: Live Steam Marketplace
Topic: Source of inexpensive fish plates?
Replies: 2
Views: 605

Re: Source of inexpensive fish plates?

Inquire at Mill Creek.

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by johnpenn74
Tue Jul 04, 2017 3:09 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Tender Tank
Replies: 31
Views: 3610

Re: Tender Tank

Guys I am hearing a lot of suggestions for building a tender that leaks and then sealing it with sealant, solder, welding, etc. Is it that hard to make water tight riveted seams? Didn't the real guys do this on just about every tender, boiler, tank car for almost 100 years?? Has anyone actually made...

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