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by PeterCraymer
Tue Apr 20, 2021 9:22 am
Forum: Riding Scale Railroading
Topic: Need a Quiet 12v Air compressor
Replies: 29
Views: 8718

Re: Need a Quiet 12v Air compressor

Mine is a ride height compressor out of a Ford product. Was bought at a junkyard for $30. It is super quiet and I have the pressure switch set at 60psi. Overkill I know, but with a small reservoir, it helps overcome leaks and such in the trainline and cylinders etc. If I start the day with a fully c...
by PeterCraymer
Thu Apr 15, 2021 7:11 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: To pump or not to pump that is the question
Replies: 34
Views: 7663

Re: To pump or not to pump that is the question

I did the same as Marty except my bypass valve is in the cab. This eliminates the need for the high pressure line back to the tender. I have a return bend that stick out above the water level so you can always open the hatch for the hand pump and see if the axle pump is pumping. I have found that mo...
by PeterCraymer
Mon Mar 29, 2021 6:54 am
Forum: Live Steam Marketplace
Topic: 2 Pairs of Live Steamer Parts Couplers ****SOLD****
Replies: 4
Views: 2149

Re: 2 Pairs of Live Steamer Parts Couplers

interested. will send PM
by PeterCraymer
Mon Dec 28, 2020 10:37 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Clishay Lathe size
Replies: 28
Views: 11984

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: 14650

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: 6216

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: 7368

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: 195
Views: 152714

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: 6306

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: 5515

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: 66288

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.