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by Rwilliams
Sun Jan 03, 2021 12:45 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Firebox wrapper on a 1.5" scale 2-8-0
Replies: 12
Views: 1171

Re: Firebox wrapper on a 1.5" scale 2-8-0

Another fine job working copper to give proper detail to the firebox and backhead. Nothing like having a locomotive with such details, which are so often lacking. The extra effort is always worth the end result. Bigger question is did you fit the copper sheets to the boiler before the boiler was att...
by Rwilliams
Wed Dec 30, 2020 6:00 pm
Forum: Lathes
Topic: Bullard 42" Turnmaster VTL
Replies: 3
Views: 361

Bullard 42" Turnmaster VTL

Recently I was tasked with a complete set of new rod bushings for a full size steam locomotive. Lots of heavy 660 bronze tubes and a Bullard 42 inch diameter chuck on the vertical turret lathe. Made about 1954, the monster machine tool has not seen that much use, but is showing some age after almost...
by Rwilliams
Sun Dec 27, 2020 9:24 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Pennsy E6 Boiler
Replies: 19
Views: 2309

Re: Pennsy E6 Boiler

Is that some hex stock being used to form the mud ring and give plenty of Vee groove for a suitable weld?
by Rwilliams
Fri Dec 18, 2020 11:59 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: I Hate It When That Happens!
Replies: 16
Views: 1847

Re: I Hate It When That Happens!

Much easier to do a complete inspection of the dry pipe this way.
by Rwilliams
Thu Dec 10, 2020 3:33 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Foaming boiler water
Replies: 25
Views: 2313

Re: Foaming boiler water

Avoid using too much oil on a hand pump or an axle pump.
by Rwilliams
Sun Oct 04, 2020 4:09 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: A Long Term Project
Replies: 60
Views: 30332

Re: A Long Term Project

Got to looking at the valve hand wheel castings on the turret valves. They are just smaller versions of a standard design that was popular on both sides of the big pond it seems. A simple yet elegant design that looks as good today as it did a century ago.
by Rwilliams
Mon Sep 28, 2020 6:23 am
Forum: Lathes
Topic: grizzly gunsmith lathe tail stock won't lock tight.
Replies: 33
Views: 8083

Re: grizzly gunsmith lathe tail stock won't lock tight.

I found the same style of small anchor block located under the tailstock of my new Jet gear head 1340 lathe when it arrived. Same anchor block was used for the steady rest no less. The anchor block was perhaps half the length of the tailstock base and when tight, would allow the tailstock to move wi...
by Rwilliams
Mon Aug 31, 2020 2:02 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Help with water pump - no pressure
Replies: 10
Views: 2357

Re: Help with water pump - no pressure

What scale is the locomotive? All boiler feed water supply lines should be as free flowing as possible with as few right angle bends as possible. The 1/8 diameter tubing is definitely part of the problem. Straighten out the supply line from pump to the check valve as much as possible and use at leas...
by Rwilliams
Sun Aug 30, 2020 9:53 pm
Forum: Milling Machines
Topic: Reading deg min and seconds
Replies: 19
Views: 5156

Re: Reading deg min and seconds

With some careful evaluation, it was discovered that the rotary table had a sump for oil and a drain plug. We removed the drain plug and it was dry of oil. Not a good sign, no wonder it would not rotate when the table clamps were all loose. Filled the sump with a thin machine oil and let it marinate...
by Rwilliams
Wed Aug 19, 2020 2:50 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Leaf spring, blue temper stock sources?
Replies: 20
Views: 5114

Re: Leaf spring, blue temper stock sources?

Long ago I watched a friend install a well worn blade on his bandsaw. He then got out his small angle head grinder and proceeded to quickly remove the teeth that remained on the blade while the blade was in operation. A great show of sparks. He than began to stop the saw and check the width of the b...
by Rwilliams
Wed Aug 19, 2020 10:47 am
Forum: Build Log
Topic: Nickel Plate 762
Replies: 48
Views: 22708

Re: Nickel Plate 762

Jack, The very late model compressor governor was often noted for being easier to service than the earlier model pump governors. They were also known for being more reliable with fewer road failures. By that time in development of the compressor governors, Westinghouse had finally figured out what w...
by Rwilliams
Sun Aug 16, 2020 10:41 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: 1" Little Engines Atlantic/Pacific Guidance
Replies: 10
Views: 3115

Re: 1" Little Engines Atlantic/Pacific Guidance

Mike, From what Dick Finn he told me he keeps in on display at the museum in the winter months and then takes it up to the monster track in St. Croix for the summer. Once the good weather is over with, he brings it back to the museum. With the current Covid conditions, no telling what he is doing wi...