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by johnpenn74
Mon Nov 19, 2018 10:58 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Steam Dome Throttle
Replies: 14
Views: 582

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: 1180

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: 8
Views: 1675

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: 2802

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: 2802

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: 1689

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: 3349

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: 732

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
by johnpenn74
Thu Aug 23, 2018 5:34 pm
Forum: Riding Scale Railroading
Topic: Small Diesel engines for motive power
Replies: 33
Views: 4151

Re: Small Diesel engines for motive power

We had a visitor show up at CSME last year that had a Lamborgini diesel engine in his switcher. The other one I saw a while back was a guy in who had an A-B pair of NYC E8s with a Peugeot engine in it. The cool part was he plumbed the exhaust back to the B unit so both stacks were smoking! And yet a...
by johnpenn74
Sun Aug 05, 2018 9:39 pm
Forum: Build Log
Topic: Building a Veranda
Replies: 34
Views: 4624

Re: Building a Veranda

Scan and distribute! Let others know how we can help.

JP
by johnpenn74
Thu Aug 02, 2018 11:40 pm
Forum: Riding Scale Railroading
Topic: Track Standards
Replies: 16
Views: 2567

Re: Track Standards

To tell you the truth, I would put in the super elevation because it just looks cool.

JP
by johnpenn74
Thu Aug 02, 2018 11:25 pm
Forum: Riding Scale Railroading
Topic: Track Standards
Replies: 16
Views: 2567

Re: Track Standards

STRR, True, superelevation is designed with 3 degrees of freedom; speed, radius, mass. Any designed curve (level or superelevated) will have an interelation between speed and mass as the radius is fixed for a given location. The prototype fights this same problem as you can hear speed detectors that...