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by Pontiacguy1
Wed Jul 17, 2019 6:23 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: A Little Machining Problem
Replies: 7
Views: 1081

Re: A Little Machining Problem

I always drilled the saddle first. Then I clamped the saddle and the smoke box together using all thread rod and a couple of pieces of scrap, mounted them in the mill, and then drilled the holes. Make yourself an extension for whatever size bit you are using so that you won't hit the saddle with the...
by Pontiacguy1
Tue Jul 16, 2019 8:35 am
Forum: Build Log
Topic: 3/4" Scale J1e
Replies: 174
Views: 35408

Re: 3/4" Scale J1e

Jack: What did you use to seal up the smokebox where the steam pipe comes through the sides and down to the cylinders?
by Pontiacguy1
Fri Jul 12, 2019 7:24 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Regauging pressed on wheels
Replies: 14
Views: 1930

Re: Regauging pressed on wheels

The ones I've seen had a noticeable dip and lots of wear up near the flanges, and then at the outside edge of the tire, there wasn't much wear at all and you could tell that this part of the tire almost never touched the track. With the really wide tire on there to set the flanges back, the outside ...
by Pontiacguy1
Wed Jul 10, 2019 3:30 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Regauging pressed on wheels
Replies: 14
Views: 1930

Re: Regauging pressed on wheels

That's how the manufacturers reduced the gauge on the drivers of the 'Russian' decapods back in 1918. They were built for the Russian 5' gauge railroad when the bolshevic revolution stranded several hundred of them in various stages of build. They modified the lead trucks, modified the trucks on the...
by Pontiacguy1
Wed Jul 10, 2019 3:22 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: kozo A3 switcher build
Replies: 28
Views: 4429

Re: kozo A3 switcher build

Or just machine a piece of pipe to go between the dome and the safety valve if you want them to sit up higher. That's the easiest thing, and you can make it a bit longer and then cut it down to get the exact height you are looking for.
by Pontiacguy1
Fri Jul 05, 2019 7:39 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Steam railroading to return to Alaska!
Replies: 129
Views: 43254

Re: Steam railroading to return to Alaska!

Atlantic bought in Alabama.... that didn't come from the Birmingham area did it? Iron City Southern?
met Mr. Durand down in Texas at Roy Pickard's Commanche and Indian Gap railroad. beautiful locomotive. also, the 2-8-0 is going to be great. I'm sure the boiler is like new.
by Pontiacguy1
Wed Jul 03, 2019 2:44 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: The Great Model Train Robbery
Replies: 3
Views: 973

Re: The Great Model Train Robbery

With them being so specialized and unique, and thus being so hard to unload for cash to someone, It's quite possible they will end up at the bottom of the river somewhere. I think that happened to a locomotive down in Australia a few years ago. They stole it, cut the copper boiler off of it and all ...
by Pontiacguy1
Mon Jul 01, 2019 3:12 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Suspension problems
Replies: 47
Views: 11254

Re: Suspension problems

Ones I saw had two chains, which were both small, that were on the outside near the wheels, and the ash pan dumped between them. They had to slighly modify the trailing wheel diameter so that the RPM would be correct and the surface feet of the two wheel surfaces would be the same so there wouldn't ...
by Pontiacguy1
Mon Jul 01, 2019 7:39 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Suspension problems
Replies: 47
Views: 11254

Re: Suspension problems

If you can pull 7 cars around with a Little Engines Atlantic, that's not too bad. I have seen some that would barely pull anything more than the tender and engineer around. About the only things left to do to make it pull better are (1) put steel tires on it, (2) add a bunch of lead weights between ...
by Pontiacguy1
Fri Jun 28, 2019 7:05 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: A milestone day...
Replies: 13
Views: 2361

Re: A milestone day...

I believe it was Proverbs that says: "A wife of noble character is worth far more than rubies." Congratulations on 50 yrs.
by Pontiacguy1
Wed Jun 26, 2019 9:02 am
Forum: Live Steam Marketplace
Topic: 3/4" Scale B&A D1a 4-6-6T ****SOLD****
Replies: 6
Views: 940

Re: 3/4" Scale B&A D1a 4-6-6T

Oooohh! I want it bad! No way I can buy it right now, and if I did, I wouldn't have anywhere to store it right now, and with all the other projects I've managed to accumulate over the years it would probably cause marital problems as well. Always loved the look of those tankers, though, and that one...
by Pontiacguy1
Fri Jun 21, 2019 12:01 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: mallet locomotive
Replies: 5
Views: 1125

Re: mallet locomotive

I remember seeing a 2-6-6-2 down at mid-south one time during the mid 1990s, or sometime along there. I don't even remember if it was lettered or not, I just remember hearing that it was pretty new. Never saw it but the one time. Same locomotive, I would assume.