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by Atkinson_Railroad
Fri Feb 02, 2018 7:01 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Is the live steam hobby in decline?
Replies: 58
Views: 6893

Re: Is the live steam hobby in decline?

This topic raises [its] discussion every once in the while. It usually happens in the dead of winter. The quick, short answer to the question is No. The hobby is not in decline. It's evolving. One could scour the Internet, tabulate all known tracks, websites devoted to the hobby, and contact all act...
by Atkinson_Railroad
Fri Jan 26, 2018 12:39 pm
Forum: Riding Scale Railroading
Topic: Handrail Stanchions?
Replies: 26
Views: 5424

Re: Handrail Stanchions?

Over 900 pictures of a Baldwin S12 are here: http://www.rrpicturearchives.net/locoList.aspx?mid=344

Quite a few different photo angles can be found to fill in additional or missing engine details.

JDA
by Atkinson_Railroad
Wed Jan 24, 2018 2:30 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Bent spindle on my DELTA DP220
Replies: 11
Views: 1247

Re: Bent spindle on my DELTA DP220

In addition to the tip already suggested, Scroll to page 316 (13-3) of the PDF here: http://www.woodworkslibrary.com/repository/machinery_repairman.pdf It’s a Navy Publication that can provide additional ideas. Unfortunately the document doesn’t cover “spot heating” which can also straighten shafts....
by Atkinson_Railroad
Mon Jan 22, 2018 9:01 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Bearing Fits?
Replies: 29
Views: 3137

Re: Bearing Fits?

Harper, Your choice of the k5 tolerance fit is a good one. It’s the same tolerance listed in the earlier posted chart. Exceeding the maximum shaft diameter of 1.1573 inches as shown in the chart will result in “over kill” for the fit. A 6208 bearing is considered a “light service” bearing as it is. ...
by Atkinson_Railroad
Mon Jan 22, 2018 8:04 am
Forum: The Junk Drawer
Topic: 40th anniversary of the blizzard of ’78
Replies: 8
Views: 1452

Re: 40th anniversary of the blizzard of ’78

Harold, after I posted the question it did occur to me that it was somewhat a region specific topic. (The storm taking place in the Midwest, to Eastern half of the United States in this instance.) I suppose the question tests memory which some people have, and others have no recollection. And of cou...
by Atkinson_Railroad
Sat Jan 20, 2018 6:42 pm
Forum: The Junk Drawer
Topic: 40th anniversary of the blizzard of ’78
Replies: 8
Views: 1452

40th anniversary of the blizzard of ’78

This year marks the 40th anniversary of the blizzard of ’78. I was a Marine Guard stationed at Ft. Meade, Maryland and remember NSA’s parking lot had this incredibly massive pile of snow built up from trying to keep the very large parking area cleared. Letters and calls from back home in Michigan ta...
by Atkinson_Railroad
Wed Jan 17, 2018 9:22 pm
Forum: Riding Scale Railroading
Topic: Surveying techniques?
Replies: 27
Views: 4734

Re: Surveying techniques?

Forum conversations sure take on a life of their own. It went from surveying to, “who and what… to… I can pull…” I’m chuckling at John Brock’s comment at the very beginning of this thread about making a career out of [this]. Sound wisdom as always from Mike and his Erskine Tramway. (Awesome Railroad...
by Atkinson_Railroad
Tue Jan 16, 2018 10:42 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Bearing Fits?
Replies: 29
Views: 3137

Re: Bearing Fits?

Agree with Bill. Welcome to the world of Bearing Fits! Bearing fit charts have grown exceedingly complicated and difficult to navigate on-line. The older SKF Bearing Installation Guides and the even older New Departure bearing guide books were/are much easier to read and decipher. It helps to locate...
by Atkinson_Railroad
Tue Jan 09, 2018 8:40 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: What is "Live Steam"?
Replies: 25
Views: 2921

Re: What is "Live Steam"?

This is a great question to ask. Pinning down a definitive specific answer as to what “Live Steam” means or represents today is a challenge because it’s meaning has indeed shifted. Everyone will have their own interpretation of the term based on their own level of participation and passion on the su...
by Atkinson_Railroad
Sat Jan 06, 2018 7:38 pm
Forum: Riding Scale Railroading
Topic: Car stability paper
Replies: 25
Views: 4492

Re: Car stability paper

Decisions made by those shaping this hobby before us have dictated what we have today. Historically, car stability in building miniature railroad equipment was an afterthought. As Bill Donavan writes in his IBLS article mentioned earlier by pat1027 and oilcan, park trains designed with the goal of g...
by Atkinson_Railroad
Wed Jan 03, 2018 7:24 pm
Forum: Riding Scale Railroading
Topic: 1950-1952 Locomotive Cyclopedia
Replies: 1
Views: 1080

1950-1952 Locomotive Cyclopedia

“Locomotive Cyclopedia” has had its own thread here on the board at one time from December of 2014, but I’m not able to find the actual discussion when scrolling back through the messages to bump the thread. Anyway… The 1950-1952 Locomotive Cyclopedia published by Simmons-Boardman is on the Internet...
by Atkinson_Railroad
Sat Dec 23, 2017 7:25 am
Forum: Riding Scale Railroading
Topic: Track Circuit Occupancy Detection
Replies: 21
Views: 3509

Re: Track Circuit Occupancy Detection

Building and modeling a miniature railroad will always require prototype reference material from time-to-time for additional ideas and information. Here’s a recently revised PDF published by the Union Pacific Railroad on the subject of Insulated Joint Plugs. https://www.up.com/cs/groups/public/@uprr...