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by kcameron
Wed Mar 25, 2020 9:32 am
Forum: Riding Scale Railroading
Topic: FM Trainmaster - Michigan?
Replies: 7
Views: 566

Re: FM Trainmaster - Michigan?

Yes it is electric. Bill wanted something that would hold a lot of batteries. Gives it great traction and long run times. It is a real workhorse. Single large motor and then half shafts to the trucks. Those trucks, 3 axle, are all driven via little gear boxes. He went to the museum in Canada (Montre...
by kcameron
Sun Jan 05, 2020 10:20 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Free 2D CAD Software?
Replies: 27
Views: 5724

Re: Free 2D CAD Software?

For those who are military veterans, Solidworks is available for $20US. Takes a bit of back and forth emailing documents, but that's not a bad price.
by kcameron
Sat Dec 21, 2019 10:14 am
Forum: Riding Scale Railroading
Topic: Lake Shore Live Steamers
Replies: 13
Views: 4269

Re: Lake Shore Live Steamers


The FLLS track is mostly laid (ground) for 50' radius. The yard wye on one leg is around 40' or so. I figured I'd mention it in case you are looking for different tracks to try.
by kcameron
Thu Aug 22, 2019 8:59 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Question about coal
Replies: 12
Views: 4971

Re: Question about coal

Good blacksmithing coal should clump up while burning. Some of the work, we make caves in the fire for some operations on the iron. So in an engine, you need to beat the fire regularly to break it up. If you don't it won't let the air into the fire right. And you end up with a choked off fire. That ...
by kcameron
Fri Aug 02, 2019 7:37 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: New bridge open at FLLS
Replies: 5
Views: 2387

Re: New bridge open at FLLS

During the construction of the bridge approaches, I thought it would be a great photo shoot for Woodland Scenics. It looked just like their products but just much larger.
by kcameron
Wed Feb 20, 2019 9:39 am
Forum: Riding Scale Railroading
Topic: Train detector, welded rails - ideas???
Replies: 14
Views: 5786

Re: Train detector, welded rails - ideas???

My understanding of wheel detector setups are the sensor is really a pair of them. This lets it compute which direction each wheel is passing. That gives you a shot at keeping the count right when a train enters, but then backs out of the block. The sensors are close enough so it starts to detect at...
by kcameron
Wed Dec 12, 2018 12:28 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Intermediate Injector testing (Video)
Replies: 4
Views: 1910

Re: Intermediate Injector testing (Video)

A friend at FLLS put a new outflow pipe on his injector for his 0-6-0. The issue was he couldn't use it while running since the outflow was well under the cab. The new pipe puts it out enough to the side so you can tell what it's doing while you are running. Makes it much nicer than the little stub ...
by kcameron
Tue Sep 11, 2018 8:52 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Re-facing Slide Valve & Ports
Replies: 53
Views: 8815

Re: Re-facing Slide Valve & Ports

Going over the issue of which types of material, I want to hear about a general guide on metal wear. My background says that when two surfaces contact, you want one of them to be the 'sacrificial' metal. Usually of the two parts, one is going to be easier to replace that the other. In David's case, ...
by kcameron
Fri May 18, 2018 12:33 pm
Forum: Riding Scale Railroading
Topic: Ballast tipple design request
Replies: 12
Views: 7621

Re: Ballast tipple design request

A lot of the design for a tipple will depend on the land around your track, if you have bucket loader, a conveyor, or what. For example one layout south of Indianapolis has one built into the roof of a tunnel. The dump truck drops on top and a chute is on the side of the inside of the tunnel. Bill H...
by kcameron
Wed Dec 13, 2017 8:18 am
Forum: Riding Scale Railroading
Topic: Capture/Release type circuit?
Replies: 6
Views: 2940

Re: Capture/Release type circuit?

The circuit I've been using is from Michigan. It uses three wires between endpoints for the two lamp version, and four wires if you want three lamps. It uses an AC 24V feed and then a small rectifier and cap to feed the DC relay. The claim button energizes the relay which also interrupts the circuit...
by kcameron
Sat Oct 21, 2017 8:12 am
Forum: Riding Scale Railroading
Topic: Switch Point Detection continued
Replies: 47
Views: 12193

Re: Switch point position detection

On how to mount or protect the sensors: My thought is mounting the parts below the rails and between the ties. Any derailment will fall onto the rail heads and ties and not put much force further downward. I'm thinking that a form of whisker or finger is the better way to feel the movement of the po...
by kcameron
Mon Aug 28, 2017 11:47 am
Forum: Live Steam Marketplace
Topic: 1 inch scale steam engine
Replies: 10
Views: 2983

Re: 1 inch scale steam engine

1" steam engines don't come on the market too often. It seems that very few have been made lately since Little Engines (1" that is) went into storage. Even Friends pulled the few designs they had been offering for sale. From the best I can put together, there are three areas of the US that have much...