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by kenrinc
Wed Dec 05, 2018 6:13 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Whistles
Replies: 19
Views: 923

Re: Whistles

That was a peculiar article with the author sighting 6 chime whistles as "out of tune messes". I was like, Huh? Anyway, I've built nearly 20 whistles, some of which work some of which don't :) I've bought pre-made whistles that worked on air and not steam. Horizontal whistles are a pain but it's tra...
by kenrinc
Thu Oct 18, 2018 5:53 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Help With Painting Using Mask
Replies: 8
Views: 1244

Re: Help With Painting Using Mask

I did the stipple method on my bobber caboose. Just a brush with cut down bristles. Don't expect full coverage on the 1st coat (or more so, don't try to get full coverage). Let the first coat dry and then do another. Once you get a solid color you can go in for the details that may cross kerf bounda...
by kenrinc
Thu Oct 11, 2018 6:35 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Trailer Features
Replies: 59
Views: 11047

Re: Trailer Features

This thread was helpful to me when I was outfitting my trailer for hauling trains:

viewtopic.php?f=8&t=99905

Ken-
by kenrinc
Wed Oct 03, 2018 11:32 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Recommendations for a hand pump?
Replies: 11
Views: 1558

Re: Recommendations for a hand pump?

You don't mention the size of the loco. I think there might be a line in terms of the value of a hand pump in a Northern or Challenger. I have a small loco (1.5 Kozo A3) with a hand pump in the tender and I have been saved by it enough times to warrant having it. Piped as Bill does in the line for t...
by kenrinc
Mon Jul 23, 2018 6:46 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Spring rigging question
Replies: 10
Views: 1318

Re: Spring rigging question

Thanks to all who replied. This was very educational for me and shows the wealth of knowledge in this group. Dick's drawings show what looks to be a slot in the frame with a pin which I hadn't seen before and then the spring itself just rests in it's "wings". Looks like the Dec has a similar arrange...
by kenrinc
Fri Jul 20, 2018 12:23 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Spring rigging question
Replies: 10
Views: 1318

Spring rigging question

I'm in the process of examining a number of prototypes for a possible project, in this case Alco and/or Baldwin moguls from the 20's. Looking at a number of drawings, I notice that the center of the very rear leaf spring seems to be attached to the frame at the very back of the last driver. I unders...
by kenrinc
Thu Jul 19, 2018 1:38 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Rapid Steam Pressure Loss
Replies: 24
Views: 3126

Re: Rapid Steam Pressure Loss

Dave, Do you have the ability to view the flame while your running? I ran into a similar situation with my loco but I found that I was not getting enough air to support combustion. It worked great on level tracks but once you began working a grade pressure would plummet. I found, by watching through...
by kenrinc
Thu Jul 19, 2018 1:14 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Mogul Kit Differences
Replies: 35
Views: 4008

Re: Mogul Kit Differences

Excellent! :mrgreen: Sounds like you got what you need to get started. Get it done.

Ken-
by kenrinc
Thu Jul 19, 2018 12:27 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Mogul Kit Differences
Replies: 35
Views: 4008

Re: Mogul Kit Differences

Kyle, You don't mention what previous experience you have in fabrication, machining, and/or building locomotives. I'm familiar with the prototype engine and there are no "kits" available that accurately represent it. Depending on your level of accuracy, an Allen mogul may or may not be able to accur...
by kenrinc
Tue Feb 06, 2018 1:42 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Safety valve from air relief valve
Replies: 11
Views: 1550

Re: Safety valve from air relief valve

They open positively and close sharply. You are actually "pre-warned" of the impending lift as there is a small "crack" about 2 seconds before they lift (you can see and hear it in the video). They are as loud as all hell but they work really well. My 2nd one never lifts when running but I test it i...
by kenrinc
Fri Jul 07, 2017 3:38 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Trucks for riding cars
Replies: 8
Views: 1974

Re: Trucks for riding cars

I know for our public train we have a mix of MCC and Tom Bee. The public train guys had issues with the original Mountain Car Co... trucks (Now Titan), but these were early trucks. At some point in their history, changes were made to the original design which made them much more flexible. Their curr...
by kenrinc
Fri Jun 30, 2017 11:45 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Tender Tank
Replies: 31
Views: 5617

Re: Tender Tank

I used 22 gauge sheet steel for my slopeback A3 tender. It's built the same way as Kozo shows in his book although, since I burn propane, I didn't need the coal bunker so I was able to gain another gallon and half or so of water for a total of 9 gallons. I also don't sit directly on the tank itself....