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by gwrdriver
Sat Jan 18, 2020 11:19 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Steam Gauge Syphons
Replies: 2
Views: 405

Re: Steam Gauge Syphons

I don't recall ever hearing an opinion that a full coil is required . . . Is it "better" than a loop, maybe, but not much more (if any) in our scales. It looks more interesting, and it might make it easier to locate the gauge in something other that a straight up position, but otherwise not IMHO.
by gwrdriver
Fri Jan 17, 2020 9:17 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Silver Soldering Leaf Springs
Replies: 14
Views: 716

Re: Silver Soldering Leaf Springs

All good advice, but to elaborate on an earlier post, "roughing-up" is a good start but may not get the job done. Like everything else you've ever read about soldering (of any type) the work must be as clean as possible of contaminates (like oxides), and blueing is an oxide, so removing every trace ...
by gwrdriver
Thu Jan 09, 2020 5:28 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Steam Locomotive model drawings
Replies: 61
Views: 2724

Re: Steam Locomotive model drawings

I had the same question myself, Dick, considering how detail-oriented Bill Fitt was in his publication. And being an architect, his professional work would have been protected only so long as people respected the copyright laws. As for Penrose, who I did not know, I suppose he thought no one would c...
by gwrdriver
Tue Dec 31, 2019 4:55 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Southeast foundries - small runs
Replies: 2
Views: 567

Re: Southeast foundries - small runs

I hear-tell that Clarksville Foundry (in Clarksville TN - 45mi North of Nashville - http://clarksvillefoundry.com/) will do loose pattern work, but I've never had anything done there, and I've never seen any live steam work known to be from there. A year or so I saw a local TV segment on them and th...
by gwrdriver
Fri Dec 27, 2019 10:41 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Lee Stephens Southern PS-4
Replies: 13
Views: 4207

Re: Lee Stephens Southern PS-4

Brian,
You might approach McGrath about loaning the patterns to a foundry for a 1-time run of castings. It wouldn't hurt to ask.
by gwrdriver
Fri Dec 13, 2019 10:54 am
Forum: Live Steam Marketplace
Topic: Needed - Drawing/sketch of Mercer Smoke Box Saddle
Replies: 4
Views: 1117

Needed - Drawing/sketch of Mercer Smoke Box Saddle

From re: News of Return of Mercer Rather than fabricate one, I'm hoping I may be able to adapt a Mercer Camelback smoke box saddle casting to resurrect a long-ignored locomotive project. I don't have the casting so I need the dimensions of the saddle to make that determination. Even a hand-drawn ske...
by gwrdriver
Thu Dec 12, 2019 12:03 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: I thought this was supposed to be fun.
Replies: 28
Views: 3611

Re: I thought this was supposed to be fun.

A simple solution . . . .
by gwrdriver
Wed Dec 11, 2019 10:52 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: I thought this was supposed to be fun.
Replies: 28
Views: 3611

Re: I thought this was supposed to be fun.

When I realize it's going to be that kind of session . . I simply walk away and let it go for a while. Seriously. I just KNOW when it won't be a good day and I walk out right then, before I do any damage, or more damage.

BTW, I've always liked your motto. :)
by gwrdriver
Wed Dec 11, 2019 11:59 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: NELS Track At The Box Factory
Replies: 38
Views: 4801

Re: NELS Track At The Box Factory

I think another reason should be considered . . . the pervasive notion (about almost everything these days it seems) that "Bigger is Better." (Like that 14" lathe and Bridgeport you MUST have to build a live steam locomotive, or a pickup truck that will pull a loaded 747, just in case the Farm & Hom...
by gwrdriver
Wed Dec 11, 2019 9:44 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: A Long Term Project
Replies: 46
Views: 10195

Re: A Long Term Project

Excellent work by anyone's standards Steve. Well done, and a marvelous example of what can be done, with skill and persistence, on modest equipment.