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by PeterCraymer
Mon Dec 28, 2020 10:37 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Clishay Lathe size
Replies: 28
Views: 6415

Re: Clishay Lathe size

by PeterCraymer
Thu Nov 19, 2020 1:06 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Ever get teased for being a live steamer?
Replies: 38
Views: 8928

Re: Ever get teased for being a live steamer?

As I have gotten older, it has become less. I learned as a kid to do what I like and if other people don't like it that it was their loss and not mine. No need for me to change. I was having a good time and learning stuff! I had a guy at work that was always busting my chops about me playing with tr...
by PeterCraymer
Thu Nov 12, 2020 9:58 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Realistic pump testing – boiler simulator?
Replies: 12
Views: 4080

Re: Realistic pump testing – boiler simulator?

Russ, I did the same for plumbing on the loco. I did however plumb the tender such that I can open the hatch and see the water from the axle pump or the hand pump (piped together to help prime axle pump) pumping back into the tender. The line extends above all except super full tender tank condition...
by PeterCraymer
Mon Aug 17, 2020 9:17 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Kunkle safety valves
Replies: 15
Views: 5181

Re: Kunkle safety valves

The following information was given to me some years ago. It should help get you in the ballpark. HEATING SURFACE ref. ASME Section I, 1971; paraphrased The number and size of safety valves needed is determined on the basis of the pounds of steam generated per hour per square foot of heating surface...
by PeterCraymer
Tue Jun 23, 2020 9:03 am
Forum: Build Log
Topic: Project: N&W class J on 5"gauge
Replies: 175
Views: 125831

Re: Project: N&W class J on 5"gauge

Looking great Chris! I am glad you are making progress and are able to be working again in the shop!
by PeterCraymer
Wed Jun 17, 2020 1:35 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Plates
Replies: 13
Views: 4501

Re: Plates

I know most of you don't care for or like Facebook, But if you search for Black Hills Designs, he makes laser engraved plates that are freaking gorgeous! his website is kirkwelding.biz. I didn't see any info on there about the plates after a quick glance, but that is the website he has listed on FB....
by PeterCraymer
Thu Jun 11, 2020 7:50 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Pulling a cold engine
Replies: 13
Views: 4006

Re: Pulling a cold engine

Rod engines can be tough, but try to move a Shay by hand! That will wear you out if there is any significant distance to cover!

I try to keep the reverser in the direction of travel, cyl. cocks open etc. makes it much easier.
by PeterCraymer
Thu May 28, 2020 7:17 am
Forum: Build Log
Topic: Couple of Shorties
Replies: 135
Views: 43655

Re: Couple of Shorties

Could you fashion some modification to a phono plug so that it has an index to keep it upright? That way the whole lamp just plugs in. It won't fall out because of the design of the plug, but keeping it from twisting would be the challenge.
by PeterCraymer
Tue May 12, 2020 9:27 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Your favorite low investment/high payoff tools and gadgets
Replies: 41
Views: 10995

Re: Your favorite low investment/high payoff tools and gadgets

I will second the scissors. I have had to help make gaskets for a steam chest on a run day out of a latex glove box and needed them! was a real pain to do with a box knife and drill bits, but we got-r-done and played trains! I have a blade from an old flat head screwdriver that once had a wooden han...
by PeterCraymer
Tue Apr 21, 2020 7:20 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Crosshead Guide Material
Replies: 24
Views: 8721

Re: Crosshead Guide Material

Often times keystock is plated as well, so that is another thing to look out for. I used 1/4 x 1/2" HRS for my 10-Wheeler and used the stock Allen Models cast bronze crossheads and have no problems after 7 years of running. Sure was nice not having to do much machining on those parts! This should h...
by PeterCraymer
Thu Apr 16, 2020 8:24 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Crosshead Guide Material
Replies: 24
Views: 8721

Re: Crosshead Guide Material

Often times keystock is plated as well, so that is another thing to look out for. I used 1/4 x 1/2" HRS for my 10-Wheeler and used the stock Allen Models cast bronze crossheads and have no problems after 7 years of running. Sure was nice not having to do much machining on those parts!
by PeterCraymer
Mon Apr 13, 2020 12:37 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Ash Pan Latch Ideas?
Replies: 14
Views: 5725

Re: Ash Pan Latch Ideas?

I formed the slides on mine during construction as opposed to adding angle like Marty suggests, but do you have room to get in there with a couple of rivets or screws & nuts to add the slides to the front hopper as well using some small angle? Once you can open both front and rear hopper with one mo...