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by NP317
Tue Nov 24, 2015 12:06 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Question on designing and making equalization system
Replies: 15
Views: 1965

Re: Question on designing and making equalization system

In my experience, the reason to "adjust a spring" is to level out the equalizing system. Usually wear causes level changes from the original settings. Adjusting a spring height can be an easier interim solution than rebuilding the equalization system! Yes, the spring tension is not a factor other th...
by NP317
Tue Nov 24, 2015 11:55 am
Forum: Riding Scale Railroading
Topic: Ridge Live Steamers Card Order
Replies: 7
Views: 1855

Re: Ridge Live Steamers Card Order

So I'm not the only one...

Funny about the "extra marital sex" !!
Keep those questions and comments coming. I might learn the answer to the original question!
This is a fun and educational group. Most of the time...
~RN
by NP317
Mon Nov 23, 2015 12:17 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Question on designing and making equalization system
Replies: 15
Views: 1965

Re: Question on designing and making equalization system

APM: Referring to the drawing you included, the slots in the vertical hanger bars are required to accommodate the bar-shaped "keepers" (item #6) that are shown. Instead of using round pins at the joints, the bar-shaped keepers provide far greater strength and some vertical rigidity to the multi-piec...
by NP317
Sun Nov 22, 2015 10:54 pm
Forum: Riding Scale Railroading
Topic: Ridge Live Steamers Card Order
Replies: 7
Views: 1855

Re: Ridge Live Steamers Card Order

How does a "2 card order" operation work?
My ignorance is showing...
And there are probably others out there...
~RN
by NP317
Sun Nov 22, 2015 10:45 pm
Forum: Build Log
Topic: castings, start to use them
Replies: 10
Views: 2913

Re: castings, start to use them

If the castings are iron, remember to make the first cuts deep enough to get below the "crusty" surface. Otherwise the cutting tools can get damaged. After that first cut, it should cut like butter. ... and dusty. I use a face mask to keep from breathing powdered iron!
~RN
by NP317
Sun Nov 22, 2015 1:02 am
Forum: Build Log
Topic: castings, start to use them
Replies: 10
Views: 2913

Re: castings, start to use them

Definitely connect with the Sacramento Live Steamers.
You will fine immense knowledge there, and hopefully people interested in sharing that info.
Have fun building that shay. They are beautiful machines.
~RN
by NP317
Wed Nov 11, 2015 8:23 pm
Forum: Riding Scale Railroading
Topic: Rural Chiloquin
Replies: 7
Views: 2202

Russ

Mt. Hood That's quite all right, we can tolerate some of y'all yankees! :lol: Just a hair over 245 miles, howdy neighbor! Russ Thanks, Chiloquin Russ. We've met several times at Train Mt. over the past many years. My son Jack and I have enjoyed your excellent hospitality at pizza dinners. Looking f...
by NP317
Wed Nov 11, 2015 8:20 pm
Forum: Riding Scale Railroading
Topic: 2015 Train Mountain Triennial Video
Replies: 16
Views: 3927

Re: 2015 Train Mountain Triennial Video

Thank you to the Train Mt. Crew!
I ordered my copy of the Triennial Video, to be sent to our new home in northern Oregon.
The First Package there...
~Russ (another one)
by NP317
Sun Nov 08, 2015 1:36 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Heavy counterweight driver hub machining
Replies: 8
Views: 1720

Re: Heavy counterweight driver hub machining

I would leave them "connected." The driver will also be stronger, although that might not matter.
There are many prototype examples of small drivers made that way.
~RN
by NP317
Fri Nov 06, 2015 8:22 pm
Forum: Riding Scale Railroading
Topic: Rural Chiloquin
Replies: 7
Views: 2202

Re: Rural Chiloquin

Well, we're not headed as far south as Chiloquin, but in two weeks we'll be living full time in Mt. Hood, Oregon.
That's half-way between our present (28 years) Seattle home, and Train Mt.
Gettin' closer...
~RN
by NP317
Wed Nov 04, 2015 12:33 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Cleaning a crusty tender tank
Replies: 45
Views: 5058

Re: Cleaning a crusty tender tank

My loco has independent driver brakes and tender+train brakes. There are two separate brake valves in the cab. This replicates full sized locomotive systems. The driver brakes are steam activated: Steam on = brakes on. The vacuum train brakes apply when steam is sent to the ejector, which draws a va...
by NP317
Tue Nov 03, 2015 11:16 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Cleaning a crusty tender tank
Replies: 45
Views: 5058

Re: Cleaning a crusty tender tank

[snip] RN, thanks for the tip on the vacuum modules. I'll go through them and make sure their right. I really wasn't for sure who made the trucks but you say that the cylinders are mountain car? Yes, the brakes look like the MMC units, originally available as either a kit for installed on their tru...