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by gwrdriver
Tue Dec 25, 2018 3:15 pm
Forum: Live Steam Marketplace
Topic: 1/4" scale locomotive castings
Replies: 3
Views: 1003

Re: 1/4" scale locomotive castings

The X216 number is a Stuart-Turner wheel pattern number - intended for Gauge-0/7mm scale, 1.75" finished diameter. A small spoked wheel casting with an "X'" number cast on the back will almost always be from Stuarts.
by gwrdriver
Tue Dec 25, 2018 2:59 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Clyinder Cocks for the LE American
Replies: 9
Views: 1212

Re: Clyinder Cocks for the LE American

Nice job, Charlie, clever solution.
by gwrdriver
Sun Dec 23, 2018 4:53 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Steam in Nashville
Replies: 26
Views: 3111

Steam in Nashville

January 13th will be a big day for future steam in Nashville. After 65 years on static display, decades of wrangling, and several years of what could easily have been fruitless minor repair and cosmetic preservation work, NC&StL Alco light 4-8-4 #576 will be moved via public road to a private rail h...
by gwrdriver
Sat Dec 22, 2018 2:02 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Steam cylinder oil
Replies: 10
Views: 1188

Re: Steam cylinder oil

Lots and lots, including re-selling as a bottled product. I began using it years ago because it was stocked locally for a very reasonable price. I've found no reason to use anything else although there are other steam oils on the market.
by gwrdriver
Sat Dec 15, 2018 5:22 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Hydro Test
Replies: 23
Views: 2527

Re: Hydro Test

David's statement above is a clear and simple statement of the historically good and safe practice in model boilers, and good advice which can't be emphasized enough. Our boilers aren't designed or managed anything like industrial power boilers and introducing talk about how industrial power boilers...
by gwrdriver
Thu Dec 06, 2018 9:18 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Hydrostatic Lubricator
Replies: 12
Views: 1731

Re: Hydrostatic Lubricator

Dave, Years ago a friend and mentor, who was a superb machinist and model builder, built a pair of such a hydrostatic lubricator to the words & music of LBSC. Neither worked satisfactorily in tests so they were removed and replaced with a mechanical lubricator. Even so, it would probably be informat...
by gwrdriver
Tue Dec 04, 2018 9:54 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: grey iron
Replies: 43
Views: 5388

Re: grey iron

BClemens wrote:
Tue Dec 04, 2018 11:03 am
I would be afraid of sand - it can melt. Then you'll have a glass coated casting.
BC
Oddly enough common sand and iron melt at about the same temperature, so if you haven't melted your casting you won't melt the sand.
by gwrdriver
Tue Dec 04, 2018 9:33 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: grey iron
Replies: 43
Views: 5388

Re: grey iron

Fred,
I've tried this on very small castings and it worked in most instances, but for anything larger (including wheels), I would devise some way to cover the fire, a pile of sand maybe, to slow the cooling as much as possible.
by gwrdriver
Fri Nov 30, 2018 9:55 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: HSS vs Titanium vs. Cobalt drills.
Replies: 25
Views: 11689

Re: HSS vs Titanium vs. Cobalt drills.

Yes, I've also been using kerosene for aluminum.

My local independent service station sells it for 4.25/gal in your container. When I was a kid (early 1950s) "coal oil" was 5¢/gal.
by gwrdriver
Thu Nov 29, 2018 5:06 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: HSS vs Titanium vs. Cobalt drills.
Replies: 25
Views: 11689

Re: HSS vs Titanium vs. Cobalt drills.

tornitore45 wrote:
Thu Nov 29, 2018 2:57 pm
WD40 works for aluminum,
Interesting. Next time I have aluminum to work I'll give it a try.
by gwrdriver
Thu Nov 29, 2018 2:18 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: HSS vs Titanium vs. Cobalt drills.
Replies: 25
Views: 11689

Re: HSS vs Titanium vs. Cobalt drills.

Let's talk about WD-40. Yes, it has hundreds of amazing uses, and you can buy it at the corner market, but does it have any lubricating qualities for cutting metal at all? That's a serious question. I use a commercial cutting and tapping fluid. I've never tried to substitute WD-40. I've never even t...
by gwrdriver
Thu Nov 29, 2018 9:17 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Plastic Ties for 3.5" gauge?
Replies: 8
Views: 1367

Re: Plastic Ties for 3.5" gauge?

Hi Fred, I'd never say no, but for the moment all I need is a length of erection track. I've always been a "builder" rather than a "runner" - I get 98% of my enjoyment from the hobby in building and interaction with other builders. Running, not so much, . . so a home track project is way down the To...