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by Bill Shields
Thu Feb 08, 2018 4:49 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Metallurgy of Steam Engines
Replies: 21
Views: 945

Re: Metallurgy of Steam Engines

heat comes from combustion of coal and inefficient transfer of the gas temperature to the boiler / water...so smokebox inside temps are always higher than steam temp.
by Bill Shields
Thu Feb 08, 2018 4:47 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Brass rod half round 1/8" or German Silver Wire
Replies: 17
Views: 2600

Re: Brass rod half round 1/8" or German Silver Wire

I have done the wind up also and it works great
by Bill Shields
Wed Feb 07, 2018 5:52 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Brass rod half round 1/8" or German Silver Wire
Replies: 17
Views: 2600

Re: Brass rod half round 1/8" or German Silver Wire

The milling fixture looks like this.

Mill a 1/2 slot in the block.

clamps get drilled, block gets tapped.

One clamp has a 1/2 round slot in it, the other does not.

Separate the 'clamps' by a distance that will accommodate an end mill.
by Bill Shields
Tue Feb 06, 2018 10:06 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Wendy suspension vs. 'normal' springing.
Replies: 24
Views: 1936

Re: Wendy suspension vs. 'normal' springing.

I have a 50 year old 1" 2-4-0 on my work bench that has a rigid rear axle, springs on the front (not equalized in any way) and tracks like nobody's business...all this with Southern Valve gear which is also sensitive to real axle position. In many ways, it is suspended very similar to the Raritan (a...
by Bill Shields
Tue Feb 06, 2018 7:50 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Allen steam fittings
Replies: 23
Views: 1397

Re: Allen steam fittings

put on flat flange fittings....
by Bill Shields
Mon Feb 05, 2018 9:45 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Water pre-heat question.
Replies: 7
Views: 351

Re: Water pre-heat question.

whatever you can fit and clean around is better than nothing.

how much better is to be determined.

Suggest you build it so that it can be removed easily...
by Bill Shields
Mon Feb 05, 2018 9:44 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Cast iron ate my drill
Replies: 13
Views: 764

Re: Cast iron ate my drill

center might have missed the edge of the hard spot.

been there, done that...it happens
by Bill Shields
Mon Feb 05, 2018 5:34 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Water pre-heat question.
Replies: 7
Views: 351

Re: Water pre-heat question.

preheaters of this coil type, and one that I just removed from a loco that looked like a 'bed stead' are a mess to keep clean and take a real beating.

once you have one that works, make a spare and stick it in your tool box....
by Bill Shields
Mon Feb 05, 2018 5:31 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Cast iron ate my drill
Replies: 13
Views: 764

Re: Cast iron ate my drill

OR - you have hit a hard spot in the casting and may need a carbide drill to get through it (and pray that you are not tapping the hole in the process.)
by Bill Shields
Mon Feb 05, 2018 1:08 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Allen steam fittings
Replies: 23
Views: 1397

Re: Allen steam fittings

Creative pipe-fitting.

I never said that my piping is exactly as per the Allen Design.

Want a photo?

Send me your e-mail. My photobucket account no longer supports RBBS files.
by Bill Shields
Mon Feb 05, 2018 12:16 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Allen steam fittings
Replies: 23
Views: 1397

Re: Allen steam fittings

I recently reboilered a coal burning, 50 year old steamer with a copper boiler and copper piping inside of the smokebox. Fittings were a random selection of flanges, flares, olives, all in brass on copper piping. Everything came apart just fine (but went in the trash anyway). All the copper pipe was...
by Bill Shields
Sat Feb 03, 2018 8:39 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Is the live steam hobby in decline?
Replies: 58
Views: 2997

Re: Is the live steam hobby in decline?

Look around at the Steam Clubs... In the early 1980's I was one of the youngest people at the club that was running a steamer that I had built (I was just around 30 at the time). TODAY, I am STILL one of the younger people around the track running steamer(s) that I have built -> and I am carrying a ...