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by Pontiacguy1
Thu Jul 02, 2020 1:38 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: automatic cylinder cocks
Replies: 24
Views: 1288

Re: automatic cylinder cocks

If you are not sure whether a ball is stainless or not, drop it into a shallow pan of water, about half the dept of the ball's diameter, and then leave it for a few days. If it hasn't rusted in a few days, then it's good. Chrome plated balls are what is normal for bearing balls. If you want stainles...
by Pontiacguy1
Wed Jul 01, 2020 3:30 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: O S Closing Locomotive Division
Replies: 4
Views: 849

Re: O S Closing Locomotive Division

Actually, it says they will stop production this month, but will continue to sell remaining stock through March 2021. My guess is that at that time they will sell off any remaining locomotives to dealers or to someone as a large lot. That's sad. Hate to see any supplier close up shop, no matter wher...
by Pontiacguy1
Wed Jun 24, 2020 7:17 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Topic For Discussion
Replies: 28
Views: 2118

Re: Topic For Discussion

My Allen Chloe was modified with a 6" boiler. It weighs about 220-230 pounds, and is less than 4 feet long including the bunker. It will pull a couple of cars with passengers around tracks with pretty steep grades. A small locomotive in 7+ gauge is doable and is a whole lot of fun too. I always thou...
by Pontiacguy1
Tue Jun 23, 2020 3:51 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Topic For Discussion
Replies: 28
Views: 2118

Re: Topic For Discussion

I actually think that the smaller scales will be making a real comeback at some point. So much of our population lives in cities or suburbs where they have little to no space to put down a large-scale track. On top of that, land prices everywhere are going up, so getting a large enough plot of land ...
by Pontiacguy1
Fri Jun 19, 2020 3:03 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: water level, boiler
Replies: 7
Views: 714

Re: water level, boiler

If you put the white plastic ball in there, make sure that you fix it so that it can't jam in or block off the hole on either end of the glass.
by Pontiacguy1
Thu Jun 18, 2020 1:59 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Needle bearings, on axles.
Replies: 13
Views: 1437

Re: Needle bearings, on axles.

Bill Conner did exactly that: used a pressed in long dowel pin with a needle bearing running directly on the pin. He did that on all of his trucks that he made, and I know of many of them that are over 40 years old and still going strong. He used a long pin so it would go way down into the axle very...
by Pontiacguy1
Thu Jun 18, 2020 7:16 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Needle bearings, on axles.
Replies: 13
Views: 1437

Re: Needle bearings, on axles.

You absolutely can use needle bearings in lead and trailing trucks. I have done it several times. To echo what some have said above: If you are going to run the needle bearings directly on the axles, they must be hardened and either ground or polished to size. They need to be pretty hard, too. The n...
by Pontiacguy1
Wed Jun 17, 2020 8:18 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: 2020 A3 1.5 scale build
Replies: 14
Views: 1783

Re: 2020 A3 1.5 scale build

Don't mill that lower area away. It won't help you much on thermal transfer, so keep the weight and thickness that will help with corrosion and adhesion. I favor using 3/8" thick rear tube sheet that is just a bit thicker than the firebox materials, although I've used 1/2" before. It does help add w...
by Pontiacguy1
Mon Jun 15, 2020 8:14 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Old School German Engineering
Replies: 14
Views: 2074

Re: Old School German Engineering

The Germans are just like everyone else... They can make great stuff and they can make unreliable stuff. Seems that a lot of the German stuff that we dealt with was over-engineered and although it could do extremely fine work, it was very finicky and would need frequent adjustments and tweaking to k...
by Pontiacguy1
Wed Jun 10, 2020 2:40 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Pulling a cold engine
Replies: 13
Views: 1452

Re: Pulling a cold engine

No, all the ports should be covered if the Johnson bar is in the middle. Easiest way is like Cbrew said: Johnson bar in full gear in the direction it is being towed, axle pump off, brakes off, and cylinder cocks open if possible. Moving a dead steam engine presents a tremendous drag, so don't be sur...
by Pontiacguy1
Fri Jun 05, 2020 1:14 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Decauville 0-4-0 1:22.58 Scale
Replies: 28
Views: 3712

Re: Decauville 0-4-0 1:22.58 Scale

For 2 1/2" gauge, copper boilers are what's normal. In fact, I've never seen a steel boiler in anything smaller than a large 3/4" scale locomotive. For the small scales, copper is better because it can be made using thinner materials, has better heat transfer, doesn't corrode like steel, and will ha...
by Pontiacguy1
Tue Jun 02, 2020 7:28 am
Forum: Live Steam Marketplace
Topic: Little Engines 0-4-0 Ready for Assembly
Replies: 5
Views: 1314

Re: Little Engines 0-4-0 Ready for Assembly

Scale and Gauge might be nice to know. It looks like 1 1/2" scale, but doesn't say that specifically.