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by gwrdriver
Thu Dec 27, 2018 9:53 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: HOW TO LOCATE J HAROLD GEISSEL
Replies: 7
Views: 1348

Re: HOW TO LOCATE J HAROLD GEISSEL

I recall reading that he was known by friends as "Gike" (or Geik.)
by gwrdriver
Thu Dec 27, 2018 3:11 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Clyinder Cocks for the LE American
Replies: 9
Views: 1562

Re: Clyinder Cocks for the LE American

I am thinking of making a small fitting to go over the end that is drilled for a side exhaust. Charlie, Seeing as how these are British-made and all such drain cocks are designed to have tube extensions which divert the exhaust forward (or wherever needed) I would bend up a set of tight L's in copp...
by gwrdriver
Wed Dec 26, 2018 4:10 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Steam in Nashville
Replies: 27
Views: 5313

Re: Steam in Nashville

At one moment in time Scott, that obstinance wasn't an entirely bad thing. It was indeed a gift to the City but at the time (1950s) operating a steam engine again for any reason was the last thing in anyone's thoughts (in particular the L&N.) But at some point, maybe the 1980s, the TVRM came calling...
by gwrdriver
Tue Dec 25, 2018 3:15 pm
Forum: Live Steam Marketplace
Topic: 1/4" scale locomotive castings
Replies: 3
Views: 1292

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: 1562

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: 27
Views: 5313

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: 1651

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: 3242

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: 2340

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: 7564

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: 7564

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: 12607

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.