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by Phil Tucker
Tue May 07, 2019 5:35 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: STEAMIN UP VIDEO REACHES ONE MILLION VIEWS
Replies: 4
Views: 2630

Re: STEAMIN UP VIDEO REACHES ONE MILLION VIEWS

I love that "Steamin' Up" video and have probably contributed a couple of dozen views to the total. It's great to watch when I can't get to the club track, but want to enjoy the sights and sounds of live steam.
by Phil Tucker
Tue Apr 16, 2019 6:06 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Steam Turbine Question
Replies: 10
Views: 3034

Re: Steam Turbine Question

Thanks, everyone, for that information. Now that I've gotten a couple of good suggestions on where the trouble could be I'll see if I can't get her running. Will update you with my findings...
by Phil Tucker
Sun Apr 14, 2019 2:11 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Steam Turbine Question
Replies: 10
Views: 3034

Re: Steam Turbine Question

I didnt think it was binding due to expansion because I was able to spin it by hand. Maybe there is a slight increase in dimensions somewhere and it doesn't take much to foul things up? No its not meant for steam just air. But for the price I thought it was worth taking a chance. Got it from Ebay ye...
by Phil Tucker
Sun Apr 14, 2019 11:44 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Steam Turbine Question
Replies: 10
Views: 3034

Steam Turbine Question

I bought an inexpensive Chinese "steam turbine" to play around with, in the hopes of using it to power a turbo generator. It works just fine on air but not on steam. When I apply steam pressure it turns very slowly, eventually grinding to a halt. Since I have no knowledge of steam turbine design I w...
by Phil Tucker
Tue Aug 14, 2018 9:51 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: TESTING MORE SAFETY VALVES
Replies: 7
Views: 2353

Re: TESTING MORE SAFETY VALVES

I received a pair of safeties from Dave Sclavi and finally tried them out. They are excellent. The first one lifts consistently at 120PSI on the button with a satisfying pop. The re-seat is sharp and tight and there is no weeping. Glad someone is supplying the hobby with high quality products. I str...
by Phil Tucker
Wed Mar 21, 2018 7:43 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Shout out to Dave (Trainman4602)
Replies: 17
Views: 6627

Re: Shout out to Dave (Trainman4602)

Dave, I just sent you a PM to reserve a pair of safeties from the next batch. Thanks.
by Phil Tucker
Wed Nov 29, 2017 6:47 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Blower
Replies: 61
Views: 18974

Re: Blower

One disadvantage of firing-up with compressed air is that every live steam track seems to have a different fitting on the end of their hose. Since there's no standardization you have to carry around an assortment of fittings in your toolbox, and piece together a working combination "on the fly."
by Phil Tucker
Thu Jun 29, 2017 1:40 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Building a Power Model Water Pump
Replies: 100
Views: 21017

Re: Building a Power Model Water Pump

an injector is an injector is an injector. they all work on the same principle: part science part black magic What gets me is how old Hank Giffard figured it out in the first place. Back in 1858 they didn't have the computers and scientific instruments we have today to do much of the brain work. Wh...
by Phil Tucker
Fri Sep 09, 2016 12:21 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Allen Mogul leaking tender cistern
Replies: 17
Views: 2802

Re: Allen Mogul leaking tender cistern

It seems to me that coating the tender with epoxy or some other product, if not done just right, could actually make the situation worse and hasten its demise. If water should become trapped between the coating and the metal it will rust through in no time. The fabricated liner seems like a great so...
by Phil Tucker
Wed Sep 07, 2016 10:51 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Quick-Disconnect fittings for air brakes (Part # needed)
Replies: 45
Views: 6774

Re: Quick-Disconnect fittings for air brakes (Part # needed)

I use these for my water and propane connections. going on 6 plus years with flawless service http://www.ebay.com/itm/like/311504666249?lpid=82&chn=ps&ul_noapp=true Great tip! These looks like the quick-disconnects made by Rectus in Germany which, unfortunately, are nearly impossible to get hold of...
by Phil Tucker
Wed Sep 07, 2016 10:48 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Quick-Disconnect fittings for air brakes (Part # needed)
Replies: 45
Views: 6774

Re: Quick-Disconnect fittings for air brakes (Part # needed)

Phil, I"m glad I was able to find them. I did wonder about the pull apart as I know they are not at all designed for that. They don't break or crack?? Pete They will tolerate a few cycles of being yanked apart. However, my understanding is that they will eventually break if this is done on a regula...
by Phil Tucker
Tue Sep 06, 2016 6:43 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Quick-Disconnect fittings for air brakes (Part # needed)
Replies: 45
Views: 6774

Re: Quick-Disconnect fittings for air brakes (Part # needed)

I think I found 'em! http://www.cpcworldwide.com/Product-List/Series/5/Category/43 The name fits with what I sorta remember and they look right.... Specifically: http://www.cpcworldwide.com/Product-List/Series/5/Category/43?Product=187 Pete Here is one half of the coupling (like shown in the previo...