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by Rwilliams
Thu Oct 10, 2019 1:43 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Uintah #20 0-6-2t
Replies: 15
Views: 1770

Re: Uintah #20 0-6-2t

Here is a rare image of the #21 found in the archives of the Denver Public Library that is poorly documented, which makes it hard to find unless by accident. Enjoy.
by Rwilliams
Wed Oct 09, 2019 6:56 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: So you could have made those....?
Replies: 2
Views: 751

Re: So you could have made those....?

What sort of things did she make from Barry's parts? I have never heard of her doing this but would not be surprised that she did do such things.

Any photos of her seldom seen work?
by Rwilliams
Mon Oct 07, 2019 4:01 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Alcalde & Coalfield High Line
Replies: 158
Views: 62272

Re: Alcalde & Coalfield High Line

Jack, Truly amazing how the plasticizer material makes the mix conform to all of the shapes so nicely. Long ago the SP did all kinds of concrete castings with lettering and dates in their bridges, culverts and tunnel entrances. Often times if it was a big project, they got the rails in the sunset mo...
by Rwilliams
Mon Sep 30, 2019 10:08 pm
Forum: Build Log
Topic: 3/4" Scale J1e
Replies: 230
Views: 49456

Re: 3/4" Scale J1e

Jack, In 3/4 inch scale straight pins should work just fine. Not much weight to deal with. A couple of years ago I was tasked with assembly of a full size Baldwin bell. The shaft had been removed and replaced with drill rod as it was worn out from 90 years of use. I had to drill and taper ream the y...
by Rwilliams
Sat Sep 28, 2019 7:04 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Oil firing question
Replies: 38
Views: 2169

Re: Oil firing question

In most cases one wants to have two separate valves to maintain the best control of their oil firing. One valve for the blower which will vary depending on the pressure in the boiler and the pressure needed on the gauge. The atomizer air/steam supply valve is often a fine thread stem for better cont...
by Rwilliams
Wed Sep 25, 2019 5:38 pm
Forum: The Junk Drawer
Topic: Rodents like wiring.
Replies: 21
Views: 4354

Re: Rodents like wiring.

Rodents have teeth that continue to grow all their life. If they do not chew on something of substance, the teeth are not kept worn down and once the teeth become too long, they can no longer bite, eat and their life is then terminal. Chewing on tough things is a way of survival for rodents. Biologi...
by Rwilliams
Wed Sep 25, 2019 5:25 pm
Forum: The Junk Drawer
Topic: Disinfecting a well
Replies: 27
Views: 6910

Re: Disinfecting a well

Disinfecting the well is only part of the battle. Keeping the water in the system constantly moving is another part of the game plan to eliminate stagnant conditions and possible algae build up in the dead areas of the system. Most municipal water systems are designed in a circular fashion so the wa...
by Rwilliams
Sat Sep 21, 2019 3:54 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: The home shop machinist, health of the hobby
Replies: 108
Views: 19389

Re: The home shop machinist, health of the hobby

Used to be that machine tooling and measurement tools sold real well at our local live steam club meets. Over the past ten years, the vendors have shrunken to one or two at best. More interesting was a conversation with one of the sellers at a recent meet. He had his usual compliment of items for sa...
by Rwilliams
Sun Sep 15, 2019 12:15 am
Forum: Build Log
Topic: 3/4" Scale J1e
Replies: 230
Views: 49456

Re: 3/4" Scale J1e

Jack, Your mention of scale silk flags for the Hudson is a nice bit of detail to be expected on a model from your shop. A few years ago I wanted some scale looking curtains for my caboose. Spoke with a teacher friend who was extremely talented with sewing. She told me to select the material and thre...
by Rwilliams
Sun Aug 25, 2019 7:30 am
Forum: Build Log
Topic: 3/4" Scale J1e
Replies: 230
Views: 49456

Re: 3/4" Scale J1e

Today when most rely on CNC machines to generate such odd shapes as the female die section, one can create the desired shape with ease. Before CNC we were forced to grind form tools for such internal shapes. I would use the closest size ball mill in the lathe to rough out as much of the die as possi...
by Rwilliams
Wed Aug 21, 2019 12:35 am
Forum: Live Steam Marketplace
Topic: 3/4 Yankee Shop Atlantic - in Pieces
Replies: 26
Views: 4055

Re: 3/4 Yankee Shop Atlantic - in Pieces

At least the locomotive in individual parts gives a peek into places where a complete locomotive would be hiding information. What gathers my attention is the box like affair on the front of the forward tube sheet. Is this some sort of throttle arrangement used in the smaller scales? Have never seen...
by Rwilliams
Fri Aug 09, 2019 5:32 pm
Forum: Build Log
Topic: 3/4" Scale J1e
Replies: 230
Views: 49456

Re: 3/4" Scale J1e

Jack, Lurking behind the sliding door found on the larger later high speed steamers was a steam cylinder lube oil line to supply oil mid stroke of the piston. Often times there was a choke type of valve that could be adjusted as needed for the correct flow of of steam oil. Not very often does one se...