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by rkcarguy
Wed Jul 29, 2020 5:55 pm
Forum: Grand Scale Railroading
Topic: Woodinville Shops
Replies: 316
Views: 112065

Re: Woodinville Shops

Looking good, will be interesting to see how much better it steams once you get it fired up.
by rkcarguy
Wed Jul 29, 2020 5:35 pm
Forum: Riding Scale Railroading
Topic: Ballast for RR Work.
Replies: 2
Views: 255

Re: Ballast for RR Work.

I've done quite a bit of research on ballast for scale RR use. I liked the idea of using 3/8" clear, but the island pond RR's owner said he had trouble with it migrating under heavy rain, and the finer stones retain more water. If you research ballast for real RR's, they use a large clear stone to k...
by rkcarguy
Fri Jul 24, 2020 11:55 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Piston rings
Replies: 58
Views: 1996

Re: Piston rings

What is your piston/bore clearance? Because you say you have no motion when on steam(?), the heat of the steam may be causing the piston or ring to expand and get tight in the bore.
by rkcarguy
Tue Jun 30, 2020 12:49 pm
Forum: Grand Scale Railroading
Topic: 12" Guage Wheel Standard
Replies: 42
Views: 26663

Re: 12" Guage Wheel Standard

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That's my riding car frame sitting on my turnout at the bottom of this page.
by rkcarguy
Fri Jun 26, 2020 10:46 am
Forum: Grand Scale Railroading
Topic: 12" Guage Wheel Standard
Replies: 42
Views: 26663

Re: 12" Guage Wheel Standard

I'm using 3/8x1 steel flat bar and the "groovy track" method for the rail for my 12" gage RR (2" scale), as it's actually close to siding and spur sized rail in scale and is low in cost. With ties spaced 3-1/2" apart it easily supports 300#'s per wheel with no deflection. You can find it with a dece...
by rkcarguy
Tue Jun 23, 2020 1:27 am
Forum: Grand Scale Railroading
Topic: 12" working railroad
Replies: 636
Views: 171327

Re: 12" working railroad

Thanks Tom, yeah I have a 6S, it just updated itself and I'll have to go turn off the auto-rotate setting again.
by rkcarguy
Tue Jun 23, 2020 1:24 am
Forum: Grand Scale Railroading
Topic: Woodinville Shops
Replies: 316
Views: 112065

Re: Woodinville Shops

Happen to have a solid carbide drill bit the right size, or even a size that will allow you to upsize the bolt to 5/16"?
Also, what types and brand of tap are you using?
by rkcarguy
Sun Jun 21, 2020 3:16 am
Forum: Grand Scale Railroading
Topic: 12" working railroad
Replies: 636
Views: 171327

Re: 12" working railroad

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by rkcarguy
Fri Jun 12, 2020 6:36 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Steam railroading to return to Alaska!
Replies: 152
Views: 83605

Re: Steam railroading to return to Alaska!

Now that's a BIG lathe!
by rkcarguy
Tue Jun 09, 2020 12:10 pm
Forum: Grand Scale Railroading
Topic: 12" working railroad
Replies: 636
Views: 171327

Re: 12" working railroad

The riding car finally rolls on it's own! I thought I'd blown the coupler height and was about 3/8" high, but when I assembled the 2nd truck, mounted it, and lowered the frame onto the tracks it was right at the proper height. Thank you AutoCAD! This frame is getting heavy, so I've been using a scis...
by rkcarguy
Tue Jun 09, 2020 11:54 am
Forum: Grand Scale Railroading
Topic: Woodinville Shops
Replies: 316
Views: 112065

Re: Woodinville Shops

Looks good, and it appears your paint job went unscathed through the plasma cutting.
by rkcarguy
Mon Jun 08, 2020 8:40 pm
Forum: Grand Scale Railroading
Topic: Woodinville Shops
Replies: 316
Views: 112065

Re: Woodinville Shops

Thanks Ryan, The sides and top appear unaffected. They are like new- and have some kind of different coating- looks copper or gold colored, and doesn’t have the thick, hardened putty like substrate. Very good observation about the coating possibly causing the corrosion. Hadn’t thought about that. W...