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by James Powell
Wed Oct 30, 2019 10:37 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Little Engines Wendy?
Replies: 9
Views: 807

Re: Little Engines Wendy?

Tony and Dougal Hubner designed MEG, and I know of at least 2 up here (Steve's @ VIME, and one at Kingston Ont), plus Harlock on here has one. That's 3 finished locos, which isn't too bad. I don't believe they "went under", but I don't think they are active, which is rather a different position. The...
by James Powell
Tue Sep 10, 2019 6:01 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Passenger Car Maroon
Replies: 11
Views: 2389

Re: Passenger Car Maroon

Equally important is going to be the gloss/varnish effect. Colours which look too dark if they are matt/semi gloss may well look quite a bit brighter if varnished...

James
by James Powell
Mon Sep 09, 2019 4:55 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Alcalde & Coalfield High Line
Replies: 181
Views: 71531

Re: Alcalde & Coalfield High Line

Well to the north, up here in Canada, I believe you will find Abbotsford MES with about 1200' of 2 1/2", 3 1/2" and 5". BCSME has a back and forth 3 1/2" (not finished, last I heard...) and a mile of 7.5 or so. Vancouver Island Model Engineers has a 1200' 3 1/2, 4 3/4 & 5" raised track & about a mil...
by James Powell
Wed Aug 14, 2019 3:00 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: 730 Gets a Boiler
Replies: 82
Views: 15455

Re: 730 Gets a Boiler

Ok- so from a full sized prospective, with oil fired boilers, the way we treated the fireside was to leave the last 12 hours of soot ON the boilers if they were going to be dry. If you know that the fireside is going to get wet, then you want as little as possible there. It's also the reasoning behi...
by James Powell
Tue Jul 30, 2019 1:11 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Recommendation needed for copper boiler repairs
Replies: 15
Views: 2877

Re: Recommendation needed for copper boiler repairs

Another option is to use low silver content (high melting point) lead solder. Be aware, once you do that particular trick the boiler is nackered for trying again with silver, as they won't stick to each other, or in the vicinity of lead fumes. A lot depends on "how bad" it really is- things you don'...
by James Powell
Wed Jul 24, 2019 9:53 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: DianneB Passing
Replies: 15
Views: 3337

Re: DianneB Passing

I too am surprised about her passing,

James Powell
by James Powell
Tue Jul 16, 2019 9:48 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Oil firing
Replies: 9
Views: 1992

Re: Oil firing

Coal fired Superheated Caribou goes like snot off a shovel. Will do >8 MPH with those little wheels, and will pull >1200 lb. The Fartin' Martin boiler design is sensitive to coal quality in comparison to LBSC's Britannia. Probably a little too small grate and lack of combustion chamber. The unsuperh...
by James Powell
Sat Jun 08, 2019 1:37 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Interlocking tower
Replies: 11
Views: 3325

Re: Interlocking tower

While in OO, I have a mechanical interlocking on Long Marton: https://live.staticflickr.com/5338/7188288986_973e3643da_c.jpg Long Marton Signal Box by Peach James , on Flickr There is a video of how it operates on there too, the whole layout is setup around the interlocking. If I want to drive a loc...
by James Powell
Thu Jun 06, 2019 10:50 am
Forum: Build Log
Topic: Basket case 2-4-0
Replies: 24
Views: 7453

Re: Basket case 2-4-0

Good compression fittings are certainly rated high enough for steam, even in brass. (B-400-xx-xxx, like I knew the Swageloc series #'s by memory...9 is a 90% el, the 400 is 1/4" tube). The stainless ones certainly are rated vastly higher than what model steam uses, I used them extensively on 600 PSI...
by James Powell
Sat Apr 06, 2019 10:35 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: types of coal
Replies: 29
Views: 6223

Re: types of coal

Nothing wrong with oil, until you get it WRONG: https://live.staticflickr.com/8030/7998486096_7012e83666_z.jpg If you look at the stacks, if you are firing coal (or oil properly, which ^ is not...), there should be an economic haze. Which means that it is probably around 10% opacity. Any less genera...
by James Powell
Thu Mar 28, 2019 10:29 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Women in the hobby?
Replies: 57
Views: 9838

Re: Women in the hobby?

https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5756/21716872916_a4bd884a33_c.jpg MLS (2) by Peach James , on Flickr Nope, she never drives... mind, neither of us have driven an (railway) engine in the last few years. Dad kidnapped that one ! We've been very busy with the boys, so things like Steam have taken a bac...
by James Powell
Thu Mar 28, 2019 10:01 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Please plan ahead
Replies: 24
Views: 5012

Re: Please plan ahead

All my stuff is going to geocache. I thought this was the way to go after seeing all of those guys looking for "the BIG W". Just give me the GPS #'s so I can go collect... (next to be seen running over the hill with a 3.5" loco under each arm...) Dad's got it fairly easy, when he pops off, I have t...