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by Smokey N Steamer
Mon Aug 11, 2014 4:06 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Help with the choice of a prototype
Replies: 16
Views: 3222

Re: Help with the choice of a prototype

What advantages have models with mechanical stoker? Ask Asteamhead and SteamChris, they'll tell you. Adds to authenticity, IMO, but where do you make the tradeoff between authenticity and practicality? Here is a demonstration of a working Standard HT stoker on a 5" gauge N&W Y6b: http://chaski.org/...
by Smokey N Steamer
Thu Jul 10, 2014 6:38 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Grate Design Questions
Replies: 2
Views: 796

Grate Design Questions

As I am a newbie in the live-steam hobby, I have some questions regarding the design of the grates for wood- or coal-burning locomotives. I know, of course, that it takes 300 cubic feet of air to burn one pound of coal, but I want to double-check my knowledge (after reading ITC/ISC Steam locomotive ...
by Smokey N Steamer
Mon Mar 03, 2014 1:23 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: bell sounds for live steamers?
Replies: 20
Views: 2327

Re: bell sounds for live steamers?

I know many modelers have built pneumatic bell ringers, but then again the smaller the bell the higher the pitch. Not sure what sound you're after, though.
by Smokey N Steamer
Sat Oct 12, 2013 3:42 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Dockstader Valve Gear Sim Question
Replies: 18
Views: 1596

Dockstader Valve Gear Sim Question

Does anyone have this problem with the Dockstader valve gear programs? On some specific computers I've had, when I turn on the steam display and sound, I hear the default windows "ding" instead of the usual exhaust sound. Is there a solution to this?

Thanks in advance!
by Smokey N Steamer
Fri Sep 13, 2013 2:30 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: The story of the Tornado
Replies: 8
Views: 1128

Re: The story of the Tornado

I always wanted to start a project like this (an NP A5 or Z8 class engine to be exact). The trouble is finding people in my area who are also interested, though.
by Smokey N Steamer
Thu Aug 29, 2013 3:59 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Pop Rivets in Boiler Construction?
Replies: 9
Views: 1422

Pop Rivets in Boiler Construction?

I am still a newbie so bear with me. I am wondering if "pop" rivets (the kind used when there is no access to the other side of the parts to be joined) are usable in boiler construction (or live steam construction in general). If not, then why? Leak hazards, I guess...
by Smokey N Steamer
Sun Aug 25, 2013 3:24 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Arch
Replies: 13
Views: 1736

Re: Arch

Budget casting supply sells suitable firebricks, but I think they're too big to fit in your firebox: http://budgetcastingsupply.com/Fire-Brick.php http://www.budgetcastingsupply.com/1091-Furnace-Cement.php I wonder if you can break them up. Can you? EDIT: Of course, you can cast your own firebricks ...
by Smokey N Steamer
Tue Jul 23, 2013 6:20 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: It's Official.... UP to Restore Big Boy!
Replies: 42
Views: 5949

Re: It's Official.... UP to Restore Big Boy!

I too want am curious as to the fuel 4014 will burn. I think a compromise would be to let it burn the coal-like biofuel used for the ATSF #3463 project. But then again, that's just my own opinion.
by Smokey N Steamer
Thu Jun 06, 2013 6:51 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: The Phrase "Hand-Machined"???
Replies: 5
Views: 887

The Phrase "Hand-Machined"???

Hello. I am still new to the world of metalworking and I do have a question. A long time ago, I saw a video of 80's stop-motion animator John Matthews (Curious George, Frog & Toad) machining armatures for his stop-motion characters, and he described them as being "Hand-Machined." I always wondered w...
by Smokey N Steamer
Thu Jun 06, 2013 6:48 pm
Forum: Riding Scale Railroading
Topic: Air Brake Question
Replies: 90
Views: 13718

Air Brake Question

Hi. I am still relatively new to this hobby and I am seeking some guidance. When it comes to automatic air brakes, what are typical maximum trainline pressures?
by Smokey N Steamer
Mon Jun 03, 2013 4:47 pm
Forum: Build Log
Topic: my project
Replies: 960
Views: 161315

Re: my project

Love the Hudson so far.

BTW, what fuel will the Hudson burn? Maybe it could burn "bio-coal" like they are converting ATSF #3463 to burn!
by Smokey N Steamer
Sat May 11, 2013 7:19 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: School me on the siphon
Replies: 13
Views: 1871

Re: School me on the siphon

I have a couple of pressure gauge questions, too. I just want to fact-check myself:

1. True or False--An air-pressure gauge can be used as a steam pressure gauge provided a syphon is used.

2. Can an air-pressure gauge be used as a water pressure gauge?