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by JBodenmann
Thu Dec 17, 2020 11:59 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: How To Make A Pretty Good Coal Scoop
Replies: 13
Views: 3834

Re: How To Make A Pretty Good Coal Scoop

Now the fun and games begin. The oxy acetylene torch and a rose bud will be used to heat the steel, and a wooden mallet will be used to form it. Heat the steel to dull red and work it down with the wooden mallet. Never use a metal hammer for this as it will stretch the material and leave marks. Stre...
by JBodenmann
Thu Dec 17, 2020 11:40 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: How To Make A Pretty Good Coal Scoop
Replies: 13
Views: 3834

How To Make A Pretty Good Coal Scoop

Hello My Friends Here is a fun little project you might like. In the past I have made a few coal scoops. The first was for a small locomotive and the scoop was only about an inch and an eighth wide. The second was for my Number Nine and it was about three inches wide. Well this scoop we will be maki...
by JBodenmann
Thu Dec 17, 2020 1:10 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Alcalde & Coalfield High Line
Replies: 211
Views: 137905

Re: Alcalde & Coalfield High Line

Hello My Friends Thank you Denny. Yes, sitting on the tractor isn't too hard but that's only part of the story. The tractor does the heavy lifting for sure but then comes the shovel and rake. I can get the fill pretty close with the tractor, but then the top must be leveled and the sides groomed. Th...
by JBodenmann
Wed Dec 16, 2020 1:15 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Alcalde & Coalfield High Line
Replies: 211
Views: 137905

Re: Alcalde & Coalfield High Line

Hello My Friends Still moving dirt for the high line. I'm really getting tired of grading. I'm working from both the Valley and Mountain division towards the lowest part of the railway where I hope to eventually have a water tank. The Valley division isn't too bad as it's only between 2 to 6 inches ...
by JBodenmann
Wed Dec 16, 2020 12:50 pm
Forum: Build Log
Topic: 3/4" Scale J1e
Replies: 488
Views: 196621

Re: 3/4" Scale J1e

It's good to have a brand new cutter to cut brass. I thought I had one but I didn't and you can see the result here. The cuts were pretty ragged and required a lot of clean up. Extra tiny files and the jewelers buffer were used to clean things up. This is OK but the corners aren't sharp and crisp li...
by JBodenmann
Wed Dec 16, 2020 12:10 pm
Forum: Build Log
Topic: 3/4" Scale J1e
Replies: 488
Views: 196621

Re: 3/4" Scale J1e

Hello My Friends Here is a bit on making small hinges and hasps. I have them in 1-1/2 " scale but they are far too big for 3/4" scale. These use the same size .062" tubing for the barrels, but the width of the barrels is .025" instead of .062. Some .020" brass sheet and .062" tubing were selected an...
by JBodenmann
Fri Dec 11, 2020 11:13 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Pyle National electrical boxes
Replies: 3
Views: 1603

Re: Pyle National electrical boxes

Hello My Friends Hi Jeff, if you can't find drawings, or one to measure you could develop a scale to work with. It's probably one inch conduit on the photo. That would make the box a bit over four inches which sounds about right to me. The height would have to be estimated. It's always better to hav...
by JBodenmann
Wed Dec 09, 2020 11:00 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Alcalde & Coalfield High Line
Replies: 211
Views: 137905

Re: Alcalde & Coalfield High Line

Hello My Friends Just something fun today. I was out fiddling with the high line track doing alignment and leveling. Adjusting the curvature and putting a nail through a tie here and there. Putting shims under the stringers and such. At the end of the day I thought it would be fun to go for a ride. ...
by JBodenmann
Sat Dec 05, 2020 10:56 am
Forum: Build Log
Topic: 3/4" Scale J1e
Replies: 488
Views: 196621

Re: 3/4" Scale J1e

Next, a small rivet set that was made up for the .026" shank rivets. A 1/16" diameter round head end mill was used to make the pocket. It fits into a 1/4" hole in a holder that is threaded into the steel work table. I have a gaggle of rivet sets that fit this holder. The second photo shows the sande...
by JBodenmann
Sat Dec 05, 2020 10:33 am
Forum: Build Log
Topic: 3/4" Scale J1e
Replies: 488
Views: 196621

Re: 3/4" Scale J1e

Hello My Friends Here is some more progress on the sander casings. First the MDF block that was glued up yesterday was cut to the contour required and then sanded a bit. Any roughness would have been transferred to the work piece. The .020 annealed brass was then mashed between the blocks. This piec...
by JBodenmann
Fri Dec 04, 2020 11:54 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: What wheel arrangments work best on a high line?
Replies: 24
Views: 5447

Re: What wheel arrangments work best on a high line?

Hello My Friends
Greg's A3 really gets with it. The engine has a very nice bark when working steam. Great Run!
Jack
by JBodenmann
Thu Dec 03, 2020 9:59 pm
Forum: Build Log
Topic: 3/4" Scale J1e
Replies: 488
Views: 196621

Re: 3/4" Scale J1e

Hello My Friends Managed to get some time in on the Hudson today. The sander casings have been setting for a while so I decided to make some progress on them. The top two photos show what I call the universal holding fixture being used to hold the main side panel for the sander casing. The hole for ...