...Are you building a Bob Reedy Climax?
Indeed I am. And I'll be posting quite a few questions to this forum from time to time, I am brand new to this hobby. BUT---I read a lot, here's my library so far:
Live Steam magazine issues July 2001- Dec 2004 "Three Truck Climax" series by Bob Reedy (BTW --These prints have become a religion !)
I study these prints every single day! And I probably can't start building up the shop and start machining until after Thankgiving. And by golly I intend to study them every day until then and beyond! It's very exciting !
Building the Climax - Kozo Hiraoka (I read this religiously also)
Building the New Shay - Kozo Hiraoka (this was my very first purchase for the library!
So You Want to Build A Live Steam Locomotive - Joe Nelson (I bought Mr. I. Douglas "Doug" Alkire's personal copy [co-author] from his granddaughter on Ebay, interestingly enough. For those that don't know, Doug recently passed away)
Shop, Shed and Road: The Live Steam Book - Curly Lawrence, known as LBSC
Model Boilers & Boilermaking by K. N. Harris
Model Locomotive Boilers Martin Evans
Gears and Gear Cutting Ivan Law
Engineering Handbook for Recreational Railroaders
Machinists Bedside Reader Vols 1-3 Guy Lautard
Model Engineer's Handbook - Tubal Cain
There are a few others I can't think of, on my bookshelf right now. Although this will be my first engine, and there will be many technical challenges, I start out with a little trepidation and some confidence as well. I look to Nelson Reidel's website http://www.nelsonslocomotive.com/
as one outstanding source of insipiration. After all, the Shay he built was his first engine, I think - so: if he can do it, I should be able build this Climax, as well. Kozo's books are an equally great source of inspiration.
I am a CNC machinist by trade. I work for Swagelok in Cleveland. We make fittings and valves. As far as manual machines: I have run a Bridgeport, engine lathe, surface grinder etc when I was in machinists' school. But not in the working world environment. My equipment in my shop consists of:
Industrial Hobbies Square Column Mill (currently working on installing DRO)
Lathemaster 9x20 Lathe (currently working on installing DRO)
Southbend 7" shaper, in really nice shape (I'm definitely going to learn how to use this - internal keyways come to mind, You could broach them but I don't have that capability yet. Maybe some day internal teeth on ring gear might be fun to experiment with on the shaper, perhaps)
Your standard stuff, like pedestal grinder, drill press, disk sander,etc.
(what I REALLY wish I had is a small surface grinder! like a Haig or a Sanford)
Shopsmith Mark V - mentioned because this can come in mighty handy, pressed into service as a secondary drill press for example. Used for various shop tasks. Whole bunch of other woodworking stuff - table saw, band saw (woodworking has now taken a serious backseat to Live Steam in my life)
I guess it would make sense to do a self-introduction on dedicated thread, though
The wife and I are going to Cass WV, last week of Sept and I'm going to shoot dozens and dozens of photos of the Climax that's being restored by Mountain State Railroad & Logging Historical Association if they will let me . Then we're driving about a 1/2 hour up the road on the next day to ride the Climax (#3) at Durbin WV. The Durbin turbogenerator is mounted between the smoke stack and the head light -EXACTLY what I'm going to model. I need photos of that turbogenerator mounting close up and some measurements. -- I'm gonna shoot a dozen or so more photos. I like this youtube video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TYfT0_PmbWo
She's sweet ! Working diligently and with class !!