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by Mike Walsh
Mon Apr 27, 2009 12:47 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Stanchions, etc
Replies: 8
Views: 1334

Re: Stanchions, etc

Okay, So are we drilling the boiler for the handrail stanchions, etc., or are we just mounting them into the wrapper? How does drilling into the boiler shell affect all of the nice work the boiler maker did, especially if one is not as knowledgeable regarding boilers? Brian I wouldn't go into the b...
by Mike Walsh
Sun Apr 26, 2009 9:13 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Phosphor Bronze Strip
Replies: 7
Views: 1291

Thanks guys, my friend across the street was kind enough to let me get 17ft of 1/2" phos bronze. Now to machine it...
by Mike Walsh
Sat Apr 25, 2009 8:01 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Phosphor Bronze Strip
Replies: 7
Views: 1291

Phosphor Bronze Strip

Does anyone know where to find Phosphor Bronze Strip? Mcmaster wants $250 for certain lengths of certain thicknesses. I only need 17' of 0.038" phos bronze strip to make leaf springs for my locomotive. Please let me know if there are any sources out there that I could find a decent quantity for a de...
by Mike Walsh
Sun Apr 12, 2009 12:18 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Cleaning up messy solder joints???
Replies: 21
Views: 4575

In electronics we use something called "Solder Wick" It comes in all kinds of sizes depending on how much solder you need to remove and how small and delicate the parts are. It is, as described above, a raw copper or tinned copper, flux impregnated woven / braided wire wick. You press the wick onto...
by Mike Walsh
Tue Apr 07, 2009 6:44 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Concrete Crossties
Replies: 24
Views: 4161

Just like real railroads, the advantages of concrete ties - at least in theory - come in future years when wood ties rot out. The up front burden has to be weighed in a life cycle calculation. I would think that in a harsh derailment, concrete ties would crack, despite your reinforcement efforts. W...
by Mike Walsh
Tue Mar 24, 2009 2:50 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Train Festival 2009 - Who Going?
Replies: 8
Views: 1420

New update!

4449 will be going from Spokane, WA to Owosso, MI for the event! 2500 miles! Pretty cool, I hope I can go...
by Mike Walsh
Mon Mar 23, 2009 8:07 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Well I think its moving along.....
Replies: 17
Views: 2480

Harlock wrote:Hey is that a newfangled CVT transmission? No notches in the reverser! ;)
modern day steam locomotive dead man's switch - you fall asleep or die, the J-bar goes where it wants ;)
by Mike Walsh
Mon Mar 16, 2009 9:15 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: identification of parts?
Replies: 3
Views: 1207

Mike, They look like cylinders, wheels, and maybe a smokebox front. Do you mean manufacturer? What size are they. If the tiniest ones are about 3" diameter then they might be Little Engines 4-4-0 tender castings. If they are all 1" scale castings, then I toss my cards in! By the way, is that an Ari...
by Mike Walsh
Sun Mar 15, 2009 10:41 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: identification of parts?
Replies: 3
Views: 1207

identification of parts?

Gents

Does anyone have a clue as to what the castings in the following photo link are? I acquired these in an auction, and was wondering if anyone had any ideas... Input would be appreciated!

http://www.pbase.com/image/110262491

Mike Walsh
by Mike Walsh
Tue Mar 03, 2009 1:17 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: FLLS 40th Anniversary Meet
Replies: 5
Views: 1059

Re: track

Bill Shields wrote:is your 3/4" track totally kaput then?
Yes - it was town down some time ago. Our new 1" Scale extension occupies the space of the old 3/4" hi-line.

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by Mike Walsh
Sat Feb 28, 2009 1:04 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Pipe Time!!!
Replies: 38
Views: 4651

Re: Sizes

Bill Wilkins wrote:19/64" is about 9 mm I think.
19/64 is 7.5mm -- so give that a try.
by Mike Walsh
Wed Feb 11, 2009 11:54 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Passenger car end casting
Replies: 3
Views: 1001

You never know if 1" difference will look funny, or not! You could do a mockup (your ends taped to cardboard?) and see how it turns out....