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by JohnK
Tue Aug 14, 2018 7:36 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Running a live steamer "1930s style"
Replies: 31
Views: 11674

Running a live steamer "1930s style"

Group, We (my family) recently completed our 3-1/2" gauge highline at Malden, Mass. (near Boston). The track is a 100-foot long "back and forth" line in the tradition of the early tracks such as that of Mr. Purinton (Carl) at Marblehead, Mass. in the 1930s. There is a 25-foot radius curve, and, a sl...
by JohnK
Fri Jul 20, 2018 9:48 pm
Forum: Live Steam Marketplace
Topic: 3/4" scale H.J. Coventry K4 castings available from Friends Models
Replies: 0
Views: 1702

3/4" scale H.J. Coventry K4 castings available from Friends Models

Group, The 3/4" scale K4 by H.J. Coventry is now back on the Friends website. The cylinder section was just completed and is now available. Below are the first Coventry K4 cylinders to be cast in decades. COV K4_cylinders.jpg The steam chest clearances, as well as the exhaust passages, are cored int...
by JohnK
Fri Jun 08, 2018 9:07 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: golden age of live steam
Replies: 8
Views: 2907

Re: golden age of live steam

Folks, if you're ever in or near Boston MA, go out of your way to get to Danvers. The site of the New England Live Steamers Danvers track is in the back parking lot of "Merchants Liquors" and "Friend Box Company", on High Street. In fact, Merchants Liquors is the old "Yankee Shop" machine shop where...
by JohnK
Thu Jun 07, 2018 11:06 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: golden age of live steam
Replies: 8
Views: 2907

Re: golden age of live steam

Thanks for posting. Well worth watching.
by JohnK
Wed Apr 25, 2018 9:39 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Anyone seem this Locomotive
Replies: 4
Views: 1695

Re: Anyone seem this Locomotive

Pat I worked at the Cog RR until 2001, and in all the years I was there, I was the only one "into" live steam. If the owner of this loco worked at the Cog it must have been before I got there (I started in 1992), or after I left.

-John K.
by JohnK
Fri Apr 20, 2018 1:03 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: 3/4" scale Dinky
Replies: 12
Views: 2532

Re: 3/4" scale Dinky

Don, your right. Friends sell the castings. An engine that time forgot . I do not know how many were built. Bernie Bernie, thanks for your interest. Bill Shields, thanks for your comment about my castings' quality. As for "An engine that time forgot", Dinky was stuck in the year 1979 (when Friends ...
by JohnK
Tue Mar 06, 2018 8:35 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Henry Groth, Waldoboro ME, passed away yesterday
Replies: 2
Views: 1220

Re: Henry Groth, Waldoboro ME, passed away yesterday

Indeed they were wonderful. Going up there from MA, via Rte. 1, was 1/2 the fun. Route 1 with its landmarks and idiosyncracies was an experience in itself....and each oddity along the road marked your progresss toward Waldoboro. Passing these places made the whole drive experience magical. Another t...
by JohnK
Fri Mar 02, 2018 9:42 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Henry Groth, Waldoboro ME, passed away yesterday
Replies: 2
Views: 1220

Henry Groth, Waldoboro ME, passed away yesterday

Group, I just got word from the North East Live Steamers that Henry Groth of Waldoboro ME, died yesterday after a long illness. He and his wife Elle had an outstanding 7-1/4" track in the woods and field on their property. Henry's famous "slip switch" was featured in Railroad Supply catalogs in the ...
by JohnK
Sat Feb 17, 2018 12:15 pm
Forum: Live Steam Marketplace
Topic: For Sale: 3/4" scale Friends Models Atlantic castings
Replies: 0
Views: 1725

For Sale: 3/4" scale Friends Models Atlantic castings

Group, I have available for sale a partial set of Friends Models 3/4" Atlantic castings, very old stock, dropped off at Friends Models on consignment. Cylinders have been bored slightly oversized, and pilot and trailing wheels have been initially turned. All other castings rough. Good start on a Fri...
by JohnK
Sat Feb 10, 2018 7:07 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Is the live steam hobby in decline?
Replies: 58
Views: 9792

Re: Is the live steam hobby in decline?

Thank you. I did a bunch of videos and took pictures as we built it; I will publish soon on my site, a brief presentation of how it was built. The main point is, is that with very little land you can nevertheless still squeeze in a live steam RR on your property. Removing the shed and making it a U,...
by JohnK
Fri Feb 09, 2018 10:16 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Is the live steam hobby in decline?
Replies: 58
Views: 9792

Re: Is the live steam hobby in decline?

I'd say that a few or several builders building, and a few or several suppliers supplying, are not evidence in and of themselves, of an upward trend in the hobby. Likewise, I'd say that club tracks only getting maintained by a handful of grey beards (and no "younguns"), is not evidence of a decline....
by JohnK
Tue Feb 06, 2018 12:48 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Is the live steam hobby in decline?
Replies: 58
Views: 9792

Re: Is the live steam hobby in decline?

Just what does the high maintenance consist of? I know that the spikes work loose and need to be tapped back in but not sure how often. Gave the guys at Waushakum a hand with that one day. What else does a track typically need often? This is extreme for what happens to tracks, but: a hurricane some...