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by NP317
Thu May 02, 2019 9:27 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Steam Distraction
Replies: 11
Views: 813

Re: Steam Distraction

This is a 1964-built cold-molded wood seventeen foot Thistle sailboat, changed to steam power. It came from Michigan where it was auctioned in 2015. It was in poor condition, to be nice. The purchaser had it shipped to Port Ludlow, WA, where he performed his craftsman restoration magic. He unfortuna...
by NP317
Thu May 02, 2019 11:09 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Steam Distraction
Replies: 11
Views: 813

Steam Distraction

I just made a 550+ mile round trip drive from Northern Oregon to Port Townsend, WA, area, and returned with this.
boatshow.jpeg
going going.jpeg
I will leave it to you readers to ask questions.
Yes, this might slow down some of my other Steam Protects.
As will my shoulder surgery next week...
~RN
by NP317
Thu May 02, 2019 10:53 am
Forum: Lathes
Topic: Soft Start for Lathe?
Replies: 54
Views: 2401

Re: Soft Start for Lathe?

New title for this thread: "Soft Restart For a Human Heart" I spent 22 years working for Physio-Control Corporation, building, servicing and designing portable heart defibrillators, monitors, and other non-invasive medical monitoring devices. Yes, the fatal current for human hearts is in the window ...
by NP317
Thu May 02, 2019 10:27 am
Forum: Build Log
Topic: New York Central Streamlined Hudson
Replies: 176
Views: 66920

Re: New York Central Streamlined Hudson

Doug: Glad to know you have continued your Hudson locomotive project. I wondered where Jack B's gorgeous work would end up. You have a steam neighbor on Lopez Island: Keith Sternberg. He's fairly famous in the steam boat world, and one of the last commercial ship's compass adjusters! People ship mar...
by NP317
Thu May 02, 2019 10:00 am
Forum: Live Steam Marketplace
Topic: Wanted 1/4" brass angle 36" length
Replies: 9
Views: 830

Re: Wanted 1/4" brass angle 36" length

That was pretty quick delivery for a special order!
Thanks for letting us know.
~RN
by NP317
Sat Apr 27, 2019 10:36 pm
Forum: Lathes
Topic: Soft Start for Lathe?
Replies: 54
Views: 2401

Re: Think I found the problem

[snip] Earlier I said I hope I didn't sound like an idiot. Now I feel like a total idiot overlooking something so simple. [snip] Don't feel bad about not knowing things. My past learning experiences are like my machine shop's scrap box: Filled with the results of ignorance, followed by "Uh, Duh!" F...
by NP317
Fri Apr 26, 2019 10:00 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: 12VCompressor for a Brake Car
Replies: 64
Views: 5776

Re: 12VCompressor for a Brake Car

One should not "cheap out" on brake systems. They are the most important system on any locomotive.
Literally anyone can make a locomotive or train go. Controlling and stopping them are where the real skills are required.
~RN
by NP317
Thu Apr 25, 2019 11:42 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: 12VCompressor for a Brake Car
Replies: 64
Views: 5776

Re: 12VCompressor for a Brake Car

The Diesels I have engineered have air compressors that do rotate with the prime mover engine. Their control valves are switched on and off as needed.
I would not be surprised to learn that new diesel locomotives now had compressors on separate motors.
Anyone care to educate me?
~RN
by NP317
Thu Apr 25, 2019 10:06 am
Forum: Live Steam Marketplace
Topic: Wanted Machinery's Handbook
Replies: 3
Views: 423

Re: Wanted Machinery's Handbook

What vintage issue do you seek?
~RN
by NP317
Wed Apr 24, 2019 10:45 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Are dynamos too noisy?
Replies: 25
Views: 2226

Re: Are dynamos too noisy?

Marty_Knox wrote:
Wed Apr 24, 2019 2:16 pm
There are firemen on full-size locomotives who complain about noisy turbos. In fact, I believe Pyle-National sold mufflers for the exhaust.
I concur, from personal experience.
~RN
by NP317
Wed Apr 24, 2019 10:27 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: STEAMIN UP VIDEO REACHES ONE MILLION VIEWS
Replies: 4
Views: 1007

Re: STEAMIN UP VIDEO REACHES ONE MILLION VIEWS

Dave:
'Could be Russian bots at work. Watch out.

Seriously, Congrats!
~RN
by NP317
Wed Apr 24, 2019 10:19 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: 12VCompressor for a Brake Car
Replies: 64
Views: 5776

Re: 12VCompressor for a Brake Car

I've never heard a steam locomotive or diesel locomotive with a silent air compressor.
To me, audible compressor sound is prototypical, and just fine.
~RN