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by mspetersen
Sat Sep 29, 2018 10:05 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Museum of Obsolete Drafting Technology
Replies: 12
Views: 1580

Re: Museum of Obsolete Drafting Technology

I remember in the fall of 74 or 75 being the last class they taught how to use a Slide Rule in High School Chemistry class. By that Christmas most people had gotten simple calculators and as that was the end of Slide Rules in our school. I still have mine and to my kids it might as well be an abacus.
by mspetersen
Sun Sep 23, 2018 4:11 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Coal purchase
Replies: 19
Views: 2834

Re: Coal purchace

if you live near a coal fired power plant, some will sell coal to the public. Hard part is finding the right person to talk to.
by mspetersen
Fri Jul 20, 2018 8:06 pm
Forum: Grand Scale Railroading
Topic: Arborway, T.T. and NW Closed
Replies: 16
Views: 4724

Re: Arborway, T.T. and NW Closed

Well the price is listed at $12.5 Million, so I guess I need to dig a little deeper in the seat cushions for some more loose change. ... O&combine=
by mspetersen
Mon Jun 11, 2018 9:38 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Little engines C16
Replies: 12
Views: 3082

Re: Little engines C16

The C-19 Castings that were one available from Dave Conway ended up with George Lavacot. They are available through They are very nice casting, they just needed better prints (which I have slowly been redrawing in Fusion 360) Several completed ones built from...
by mspetersen
Sun May 06, 2018 7:18 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Railroads offering signing bonuses
Replies: 5
Views: 1383

Re: Railroads offering signing bonuses

Anyone who hires into train service today shouldn't expect to do it for 30 years. At some point there will be one man or unmanned trains operating. Only a matter of time. If they can run unmanned semis, trains shouldn't be as hard. PTC is laying the foundation for that right now.
by mspetersen
Tue Apr 03, 2018 10:19 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Passing of Doug Van Veelen
Replies: 5
Views: 1696

Passing of Doug Van Veelen

Saw this over on the Narrow Gauge list but I know Doug was a contributor here as well and I hadn't seen anyone mention it here. ... en-7790251
by mspetersen
Mon Nov 06, 2017 10:41 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: CAD for raw beginners?
Replies: 23
Views: 2584

Re: CAD for raw beginners?

I'd also recommend Fusion360. Not only free to Hobbyists (vs $300/year subscription) but there are quite a few sources of instruction on YouTube. One source is will walk you through several Fusion360 tutorials from drawing, the CAM process and finally machining.
by mspetersen
Thu Jul 20, 2017 5:54 pm
Forum: Riding Scale Railroading
Topic: Semaphores explained?
Replies: 27
Views: 4825

Re: Semaphores explained?

Might try here: Lots of Signal related material.
by mspetersen
Fri Jul 07, 2017 8:02 pm
Forum: Live Steam Marketplace
Topic: Ulin Locomotive Works
Replies: 13
Views: 5194

Re: Ulin Locomotive Works

Another factor is the EPA. They proudly point to how they got rid of all those "dirty" foundries. The work moved overseas to China & India where they have next to no pollution curbs at all. Still goes into the same air we all breathe, so did they really fix anything? I am glad to see that Ulin's pro...
by mspetersen
Thu May 25, 2017 8:44 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Signals: Stick relay....
Replies: 17
Views: 3000

Re: Signals: Stick relay....

There's a wealth of information here: and i believe the guy who runs the site is full time RR signal tech and works on the ATT&NW.
by mspetersen
Thu Apr 06, 2017 6:23 pm
Forum: Milling Machines
Topic: Installing a VFD on a Lagun FTV-3
Replies: 5
Views: 1644

Re: Installing a VFD on a Lagun FTV-3

Turns out the problem was in the stallion of an after market Power Drawbar. Must have been messed up at some point and some crews stripped out. One of the previous owners added a 1/2" ring of metal around the opening to attached the Power Drawbar too. Trouble is it interfered with the Speed control....
by mspetersen
Wed Mar 22, 2017 6:23 pm
Forum: Milling Machines
Topic: Need Instructions for Lagun FTV2 Mill Head Rebuild
Replies: 49
Views: 14171

Re: Need Instructions for Lagun FTV2 Mill Head Rebuild

I know this is an old post, but I'd like to add it came in handy rebuilding the head on my Lagun FTV-3. Bought the parts kit from Lagun, which included the main belt, 3 bearings, two bushings and the four nylon keys. Price as of March 2017 was $410. I also asked them for the drawings which they supp...