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by Mark in Modesto
Wed Apr 18, 2012 10:04 pm
Forum: Lathes
Topic: Flat belt tension?
Replies: 16
Views: 6284

Re: Flat belt tension?

Hmmm...that's the first time I'd heard of resin sticks! Thanks..I'll look into those...

Mark
by Mark in Modesto
Tue Apr 17, 2012 7:57 pm
Forum: Lathes
Topic: Flat belt tension?
Replies: 16
Views: 6284

Re: Flat belt tension?

Hi Randy,

You're welcome and thank you! Mine has a big lever with a turnbuckle to adjust the tension...a little later model, I think.


: J)

Mark
by Mark in Modesto
Mon Apr 09, 2012 7:36 pm
Forum: Lathes
Topic: Flat belt tension?
Replies: 16
Views: 6284

Re: Flat belt tension?

You're most welcome, Randy, I hope it helped more than hurt. The only reason I DON'T covet your taper attachment is because it won't fit MY machine, so I've deided to covet your whole setup instead...nice.

: J)

Mark
by Mark in Modesto
Sun Apr 08, 2012 11:09 am
Forum: Lathes
Topic: Flat belt tension?
Replies: 16
Views: 6284

Re: Flat belt tension?

Hi Randy, Nice looking Star! It's different from mine, but there are universal similarities I can help you with a little bit. For example, that 3-position knob you're wondering about connects the spindle to the lead screw or not. In the middle position, the lead screw is DISengaged...only the spindl...
by Mark in Modesto
Sat Apr 07, 2012 10:56 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Smokebox Throttle Valves
Replies: 33
Views: 8037

Re: Smokebox Throttle Valves

>P.S.: What, if any, benefits are there in having more main valves in the throttle? I think it would be to effect finer control, but the sizes of the valves, or more accurately, the opening exposed with each valve, would have to be carefully calculated so you wouldn't hit the maximum size with the f...
by Mark in Modesto
Sun Apr 01, 2012 11:51 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Smokebox Throttle Valves
Replies: 33
Views: 8037

Re: Smokebox Throttle Valves CAMS/POPPETS

Back in the later 70's I had the pleasure of working on an ATSF 2900 series Northern, which continues to lanquish in a local park. In order to hydro the boiler, the throttle had to be rebuilt. Removing the cover revealed a line of poppets, about six, plus a smaller 'pilot' valve for the initial crac...
by Mark in Modesto
Sun Apr 01, 2012 10:22 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Track Work
Replies: 19
Views: 3828

Re: Track Work

Here at the Break Time Railroad in Modesto, in the armpit of California, we use 1/2" x 1" HRS on edge, welded apart with steel gauge bars, which have been pre-drilled to attach to plastic ties every two feet or so. We used to use wood 2x2 with grooves, simply glued under the rails, but they proved t...
by Mark in Modesto
Wed Mar 28, 2012 12:36 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: OPEN HOUSE in MODESTO
Replies: 0
Views: 1147

OPEN HOUSE in MODESTO

Gentlemen, We've set the date for our Annual Spring Open House at the Break Time Railroad (Modesto, CA), and we'd like you to join us to ride the trains and see the changes we've made over the last year. Here's when and where: SATURDAY MAY 5, 2012 1404 California Ave. Modesto, CA 95351 11 AM-? POTLU...
by Mark in Modesto
Wed Feb 01, 2012 2:28 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Our Gang Start a Live Steam Club - 1924
Replies: 11
Views: 2761

Re: Our Gang Start a Live Steam Club - 1924

Oh that was FUN!! I too grew up on the Little Rascals and Our Gang shorts, but I'd never seen that one before. I posted it to my favorite Livesteamer's outfit, and it was very well recieved...thanks, Jim!


Mark in Modesto
by Mark in Modesto
Sat Jan 07, 2012 12:49 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Painting hardware
Replies: 14
Views: 2827

Re: Painting hardware

I know a lot of people who swear by this stuff, and none who swear AT it:

http://www.por15.com/


Their products aren't cheap, but I've used several with excellent results.



Hope that helps,

Mark in Modesto
by Mark in Modesto
Thu Jan 05, 2012 3:26 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Steam railroading to return to Alaska!
Replies: 133
Views: 51484

Re: Steam railroading to return to Alaska?

Congratulations, Dick...that's GREAT!

Are you going to get to help with the resurrection? That'd be fun...


Mark in Modesto
by Mark in Modesto
Wed Dec 07, 2011 6:33 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: What scale is my locomotive?
Replies: 14
Views: 2748

Re: What scale is my locomotive?

I agree that letters should be left for 'spark trains', and I certainly wouldn't tell anybody I was in 'X' scale (that'd be snob-like) but, having seen that list on a site somewhere, I was hoping someone might have seen and saved it. When asked, I always say 'Inch-and-a-half', which tells both the g...