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by Atkinson_Railroad
Mon Mar 19, 2018 9:04 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Wheels to axles — which Loctite?
Replies: 35
Views: 1134

Re: Wheels to axles — which Loctite?

The clash of the Hobbyist verses actual Industry practices. Opinion and Facts cloud each other… and eventually… those looking on don’t really know what to think. An axle on a toy train can have any tolerance until its death. In industry, it’s not a chance thing. Mechanical fits have to be correct. I...
by Atkinson_Railroad
Wed Mar 14, 2018 6:32 pm
Forum: The Junk Drawer
Topic: In search of Precision...
Replies: 45
Views: 3641

Re: In search of Precision...

If everything can be proven via mathematics, one could ask, “What’s the formula for Beauty?”

Yet the next input comes along and states, “Well, you have to define what ‘Beauty’ is… first.

So… what exactly is PRECISION?

[John precisely types his first name]

by Atkinson_Railroad
Sat Mar 10, 2018 5:35 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: IBLS Card and Decal Nostalgia (July 2003)
Replies: 7
Views: 511

Re: IBLS Card and Decal Nostalgia (July 2003)

At this writing, the International Brotherhood of Live Steamers wiki website has 706 articles. That’s a lot of information, history, and entertainment to occupy anyone’s time interested in learning more about this hobby. I should have left a URL with my original post for reference.
by Atkinson_Railroad
Fri Mar 09, 2018 5:15 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: IBLS Card and Decal Nostalgia (July 2003)
Replies: 7
Views: 511

IBLS Card and Decal Nostalgia (July 2003)

Having been in a mode of searching through old files (the real manila folder kind ; ) I stumbled upon a very nice hand written note dated July 16, 2003 from Keith Taylor. He had sent me some of the last decals, patches, and membership card to the I.B.L.S. It marked the end of an era, and the beginni...
by Atkinson_Railroad
Fri Mar 02, 2018 8:38 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Push/pull control cables?
Replies: 16
Views: 1043

Re: Push/pull control cables?

"Has anybody used small push/pull cables on a locomotive?" Back in '75, I incorporated an automotive choke cable on my grandfather's Lima Switcher built in 1955 to accommodate running the engine with its cab forward for aesthetic railroading purposes but it was later removed for reasons now forgotte...
by Atkinson_Railroad
Thu Feb 08, 2018 10:45 pm
Forum: Lathes
Topic: Drum switch to motor (HELP)
Replies: 9
Views: 383

Re: Dum switch to motor (HELP)

Connecting your motor as shown in the attached diagrams will operate the motor in forward, and reverse. There is a discrepancy about the 230 volt connection related to the higher potential to ground, and the winding still being hot with the 230-volt arrangement despite the motor being shut off with ...
by Atkinson_Railroad
Fri Feb 02, 2018 7:01 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Is the live steam hobby in decline?
Replies: 58
Views: 3522

Re: Is the live steam hobby in decline?

This topic raises [its] discussion every once in the while. It usually happens in the dead of winter. The quick, short answer to the question is No. The hobby is not in decline. It's evolving. One could scour the Internet, tabulate all known tracks, websites devoted to the hobby, and contact all act...
by Atkinson_Railroad
Fri Jan 26, 2018 12:39 pm
Forum: Riding Scale Railroading
Topic: Handrail Stanchions?
Replies: 26
Views: 1528

Re: Handrail Stanchions?

Over 900 pictures of a Baldwin S12 are here:

Quite a few different photo angles can be found to fill in additional or missing engine details.

by Atkinson_Railroad
Wed Jan 24, 2018 2:30 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Bent spindle on my DELTA DP220
Replies: 11
Views: 568

Re: Bent spindle on my DELTA DP220

In addition to the tip already suggested, Scroll to page 316 (13-3) of the PDF here: It’s a Navy Publication that can provide additional ideas. Unfortunately the document doesn’t cover “spot heating” which can also straighten shafts....
by Atkinson_Railroad
Mon Jan 22, 2018 9:01 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Bearing Fits?
Replies: 29
Views: 1398

Re: Bearing Fits?

Harper, Your choice of the k5 tolerance fit is a good one. It’s the same tolerance listed in the earlier posted chart. Exceeding the maximum shaft diameter of 1.1573 inches as shown in the chart will result in “over kill” for the fit. A 6208 bearing is considered a “light service” bearing as it is. ...
by Atkinson_Railroad
Mon Jan 22, 2018 8:04 am
Forum: The Junk Drawer
Topic: 40th anniversary of the blizzard of ’78
Replies: 8
Views: 379

Re: 40th anniversary of the blizzard of ’78

Harold, after I posted the question it did occur to me that it was somewhat a region specific topic. (The storm taking place in the Midwest, to Eastern half of the United States in this instance.) I suppose the question tests memory which some people have, and others have no recollection. And of cou...