Search found 706 matches

by John_S
Fri Jul 14, 2017 7:29 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Technology is great
Replies: 17
Views: 3242

Technology is great

A while back I brought all my rolling stock home to work on and they've been sitting on the floor in the garage. Pain in the butt! I decided I needed a couple roll-around stands for them so I sat down and designed a stand in CAD. I work for Ryerson and we have three tube lasers at our facility so I ...
by John_S
Wed Jun 21, 2017 7:06 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Building a Power Model Water Pump
Replies: 100
Views: 19651

Re: Building a Power Model Water Pump

Here's the injector I have.
englishInjector.jpg
by John_S
Tue Jun 20, 2017 5:41 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Building a Power Model Water Pump
Replies: 100
Views: 19651

Re: Building a Power Model Water Pump

My injector is English style, but I cannot confirm its origins. It was in a box of random bits and pieces that my father picked up at an estate sale of a gentleman in TN that passed away in the mid 1980s. It works on and off, up to 80psi, but catches a lot of trash in the cones and quits working. Th...
by John_S
Wed Jun 14, 2017 8:56 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Building a Power Model Water Pump
Replies: 100
Views: 19651

Re: Building a Power Model Water Pump

This darn thing is still sitting on the workbench unfinished. I really, really need to get back on it and get it on the mogul. The English injector I have on the fireman's side right now is pretty much useless and I need to get the pump done. Married life, career change, and various other things hav...
by John_S
Wed Jun 14, 2017 8:53 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Delrin and Journals
Replies: 21
Views: 3914

Re: Delrin and Journals

What? Delrin... Plastic?!! I thought we were building a steam engine here.......... Cast iron, bronze bearings, STEEL!!! So, I suppose you're also opposed to 3D printing a boiler? :lol: Please don't give anyone that idea... I cant even imagine... "Surely this sintered material will work, right?"
by John_S
Wed May 31, 2017 7:16 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Standards and common practices
Replies: 10
Views: 3523

Re: Standards and common practices

Myself and quite a few others in the CSPPRY use Tom Bee brakes on our rolling stock. His system uses 1/4" poly tube between cars with Schrader valves on the end sills. These are positive pressure brakes. Application pressure really depends on the weight of the car and trucks; I have three pieces of ...
by John_S
Mon May 22, 2017 5:47 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Attaching the smokebox
Replies: 12
Views: 2686

Re: Attaching the smokebox

The Central of Georgia tenwheeler that I rebuilt for Mike A was secured with three stainless screws around the periphery of the smokebox into tapped holes in the boiler shell. This is how it was originally built so I kept it the same. I gave those three screws a good coating of anti-seize before the...
by John_S
Mon May 22, 2017 5:43 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Need Expert assistance
Replies: 3
Views: 1327

Re: Need Expert assistance

That's a rather large question. More specifics would help with answers. Steam supply lines are typically 3/8 pipe. Injector lines are typically 5/16 tube. Blower line is typically 1/4 tube. Etc., etc. Of course, there's the entire category of model pipe as well if you're looking to build as close to...
by John_S
Sun May 21, 2017 5:46 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Attaching the smokebox
Replies: 12
Views: 2686

Re: Attaching the smokebox

A trick I learned from Don Fite (Dan has the same idea) that I used on my mogul was to weld tabs with threaded holes inside the lip of the boiler and brackets with through-holes in the smokebox. I used stainless cap screws to tighten the two together. This pulls the smokebox and boiler nice and tigh...
by John_S
Sun Apr 23, 2017 6:26 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Allen Models making changes.
Replies: 29
Views: 5246

Re: Allen Models making changes.

I'm huge fan of water-jet parts... The rods are a perfect candidate for this process. I would expect water-jet to cost more that laser cut. Anyone have info on relative costs? The water-jet I had in my University shop had high consumable and cleaning expenses. But they surely work wonders. ~RN I wo...
by John_S
Mon Apr 17, 2017 11:17 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Allen Models making changes.
Replies: 29
Views: 5246

Re: Allen Models making changes.

I would offer the rods in steel for a couple reasons: 1. Strength 2. More appropriate look/finish 3. You can have them cut in bulk either via laser or waterjet for a reasonable price and the customer is buying a part that requires less machining and finishing than castings. I, too, am one who threw ...
by John_S
Sat Apr 08, 2017 5:28 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Question: parts for a steamer
Replies: 39
Views: 7315

Re: Question: parts for a steamer

Harold, I agree with you. The inability to run coalburners, together with the distance (for me) makes it very unlikely that I would attend or (especially) bring equipment. There's just so many great tracks that are closer that I've not been to, and which I would rather visit. I'm not saying I disag...