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by cbrew
Tue Feb 19, 2019 11:51 am
Forum: Riding Scale Railroading
Topic: Train detector, welded rails - ideas???
Replies: 14
Views: 1824

Re: Train detector, welded rails - ideas???

yeah, the only issue with using anything but true track detection is how to tell of the train is still present.
can have a sensor counting in and out but nothing is fool proof.
I even looked into using RFid tech at one time. but it was just not cost effective.
by cbrew
Tue Feb 19, 2019 11:32 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Coupler Standards ?
Replies: 16
Views: 1918

Re: Coupler Standards ?

of all the couplers on the current market, I have not found any that would not work together. mcc/titan is the only coupler i had issue with coupling to other brands. but they normally just need a wiggle to drop the pin
by cbrew
Tue Feb 19, 2019 11:29 am
Forum: Riding Scale Railroading
Topic: Train detector, welded rails - ideas???
Replies: 14
Views: 1824

Re: Train detector, welded rails - ideas???

look into Ultrasonic Distance Sensors, they are used on cars, a good number of hobby kits on the market. just need to find a water proof version.
by cbrew
Mon Feb 18, 2019 1:47 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Pipe fittings
Replies: 3
Views: 822

Re: Pipe fittings

I have always tightened them during final assembly with the mated fitting
by cbrew
Mon Feb 04, 2019 11:45 am
Forum: Build Log
Topic: Rebuild of an Allen Mogul.
Replies: 35
Views: 13178

Re: Rebuild of an Allen Mogul.

Good idea for the complete rebuild with the new water jet cut frames. You will have a superior locomotive when completed. Is Steve Alley prepared yet to offer parts and prints to change the valve gear to Baker or Walschaerts? That would be a huge improvement for long term valve accuracy and decreas...
by cbrew
Fri Jan 04, 2019 9:32 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Steam Dome Throttle
Replies: 42
Views: 9107

Re: Steam Dome Throttle

ok, what made the decision easy for me is the use of 1/8 npt fitting feeding the cylinders.
by cbrew
Fri Jan 04, 2019 8:38 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Steam Dome Throttle
Replies: 42
Views: 9107

Re: Steam Dome Throttle

you are correct on the size.... loco runs just fine on any of the tracks where I run. I do not pull long trains full of people...so that may be a concern, however.... you have to remember that you can get a LOT of steam at 1100 feet / second through a 3/16" hole... need to remember this is not a na...
by cbrew
Mon Dec 17, 2018 12:43 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Pvc pipe for air ??
Replies: 24
Views: 3639

Re: Pvc pipe for air ??

"...the other down fall is the lengthy charge time with prepping for the trip when there is 7 to fill" Prototypical. Makes train operations that much more fun! From personal experience, I LIKE your air brake system. (You can provide the picture...) ~RN here is what could have been a lot worse, we w...
by cbrew
Mon Dec 17, 2018 9:00 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Pvc pipe for air ??
Replies: 24
Views: 3639

Re: Pvc pipe for air ??

I used to use PVC on the cars. but had issues with leaking around the air line connection threads. I have since moved to alum paint ball tanks, they can be picked up off amazon for 20 to 25 bucks each. 10 minutes on the lathe to modify the brass tank valve assembly and its ready for service. they ar...
by cbrew
Tue Dec 11, 2018 10:00 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Quartering driver axles
Replies: 11
Views: 3409

Re: Quartering driver axles

I quartered the axles on the mill using a woodruff cutter and end mill during a single setup.
i know some do not like this method, but it was the only way i can be sure of the quartering using the tools in my "tool box"
by cbrew
Sun Dec 09, 2018 7:58 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Propane Quick Disconnectss
Replies: 22
Views: 4024

Re: Propane Quick Disconnectss

the answer is yes, i use them for both propane and water
by cbrew
Sun Dec 02, 2018 10:41 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Propane Quick Disconnectss
Replies: 22
Views: 4024

Re: Propane Quick Disconnectss

Fred_V wrote:
Sun Dec 02, 2018 10:28 am
they may be Paint Ball gun fittings.
that is what i use.
water and propane