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by Rwilliams
Tue Dec 03, 2019 10:19 am
Forum: Live Steam Marketplace
Topic: Wanted Brake shoes
Replies: 5
Views: 501

Re: Wanted Brake shoes

At one time Barry Hauge of Superscale was experimenting with 1.5 scale brake heads and brake shoe castings. It was one of many experimental projects he worked on that for whatever reason never did reach his catalog offerings. I was able to purchase a set of the experimental castings from him. Not su...
by Rwilliams
Tue Nov 19, 2019 5:57 am
Forum: Live Steam Marketplace
Topic: 2.5" scale "Fulton" 4-4-0 castings now available from Allen Models
Replies: 9
Views: 1175

Re: 2.5" scale "Fulton" 4-4-0 castings now available from Allen Models

How close is this Fulton design to the Eureka of Dan Markoff?
by Rwilliams
Tue Nov 19, 2019 5:48 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Verifying Blast nozzle height
Replies: 28
Views: 1359

Re: Verifying Blast nozzle height

Front end relationships are important for decent operation and ease of steam production. There are the textbook dimensions that some try to adhere to and then there are dimensions that although not textbook in nature, seem to get the job done. The big issue seems to be the correct blast nozzle diame...
by Rwilliams
Tue Oct 29, 2019 12:01 pm
Forum: Build Log
Topic: 3/4" Scale J1e
Replies: 265
Views: 66871

Re: 3/4" Scale J1e

Jack, The pins for the combination lever/union link joint feature some nice little slotted washer nuts. Including the washer with the nut is a rather nice detail that is much appreciated in my shop. I am curious as to what angle was used to create the taper on the outer face of the washer. It would ...
by Rwilliams
Thu Oct 10, 2019 1:43 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Uintah #20 0-6-2t
Replies: 15
Views: 4667

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: 2055

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: 186
Views: 77203

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: 265
Views: 66871

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: 7137

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: 44
Views: 9374

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: 8990

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: 126
Views: 30297

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...