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by Fender
Thu Jan 16, 2020 7:24 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Silver Soldering Leaf Springs
Replies: 14
Views: 590

Re: Silver Soldering Leaf Springs

The low-silver content solder is not what you want. This is not a "hard" solder (silver brazing) but a "soft" solder that does not have sufficient strength. The high-silver solder is usually an alloy of silver and copper, zinc and sometimes cadmium, and has much higher strength. The higher silver co...
by Fender
Thu Jan 16, 2020 3:49 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: New york style pump
Replies: 10
Views: 659

Re: New york style pump

On the prototype NY air pumps, the air side is compound, but the steam side is simple. The steam pistons have hollow rods, which contain a valve stem that works the valve cylinders on the bottom of the pump. The left valve feeds steam to the right steam cylinder, and vice versa.
by Fender
Sat Jan 04, 2020 9:25 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Reaming vs. Drilling Holes In Tube Sheets
Replies: 33
Views: 5580

Re: Reaming vs. Drilling Holes In Tube Sheets

Marty didn’t hijack the thread. That whistle was a sight gag!
by Fender
Sat Jan 04, 2020 6:56 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Reaming vs. Drilling Holes In Tube Sheets
Replies: 33
Views: 5580

Re: Reaming vs. Drilling Holes In Tube Sheets

We steamed up the new boiler on the LE American today, and it was a partial success. There were problems with the coal used, we had some steam leaks, and the injector piping needs work. Like another thread in this forum, we ran out of steam after 100 feet! Can someone suggest a solution?
:roll:
by Fender
Thu Jan 02, 2020 8:19 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Reaming vs. Drilling Holes In Tube Sheets
Replies: 33
Views: 5580

Re: Reaming vs. Drilling Holes In Tube Sheets

Kimball McGinley wrote:
Thu Jan 02, 2020 8:02 pm
Hey now - this is family site - no talk of "Bride Reamers" allowed!
:shock:
For what it’s worth, the subject boiler is finally complete, and will be steamed for the first time next week!
by Fender
Tue Dec 31, 2019 7:23 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Worthington Duplex pump & Brass Hex head screws
Replies: 27
Views: 1556

Re: Worthington Duplex pump & Brass Hex head screws

Go to the Build Log forum, and find the thread titled “Kombrinks American”. Charlie Pipes has the same loco as yours, and he put one of these EE injectors on it, which has worked out very well for him.
by Fender
Tue Dec 31, 2019 6:45 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Worthington Duplex pump & Brass Hex head screws
Replies: 27
Views: 1556

Re: Worthington Duplex pump & Brass Hex head screws

I’ll focus on your questions #3 and #4. Steam pumps such as these add interest to the operation of a locomotive and (by contrast with an axle or crosshead pump) allow water to be put into the boiler while the loco is stopped. But, they tend to be a steam hog, and are not typically used as the primar...
by Fender
Tue Dec 31, 2019 11:55 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Southeast foundries - small runs
Replies: 2
Views: 501

Re: Southeast foundries - small runs

Acheson Foundry in Chattanooga will do small runs. But, considering setup costs, you may be better off with Cattail on smaller castings, where shipping is less consequential.
by Fender
Mon Dec 23, 2019 5:50 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Lee Stephens Southern PS-4
Replies: 13
Views: 4047

Re: Lee Stephens Southern PS-4

The PS-4s had lower drivers (73”) than the SP pacific (80”) the LE pacific is based on. This was due to the undulating track profile the Southern Railway pacifics had to traverse in Virginia and the Carolinas.
by Fender
Mon Dec 23, 2019 9:12 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Reverse is fine, no forward
Replies: 20
Views: 2098

Re: Reverse is fine, no forward

A quick way to check the timing is to attach rubber tubes to your cyl cocks and stick the tubes into a jar of water. Now put about 10 or 20# pressure in the boiler and slowly roll the engine forward. At front piston stroke you should see bubbles from the front cyl cock. At rear piston stroke you sh...
by Fender
Sat Dec 21, 2019 8:51 pm
Forum: Live Steam Marketplace
Topic: Hydrostatic Lubricator Casting Source
Replies: 13
Views: 1233

Re: Hydrostatic Lubricator Casting Source

Might be a good candidate for an RP part 3D printed in metal. Shapeways offers this in a bronze/stainless matrix, if you can provide them the STL file.
Search for “steam siphon” on the www.shapeways.com web site for a similar part.
by Fender
Sat Dec 21, 2019 2:26 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Help Identifying a NYC & HRR no. 999 Locomotive
Replies: 15
Views: 1982

Re: Help Identifying a NYC & HRR no. 999 Locomotive

Here it is, pulling the Empire State Express in 1902. This an Edison Biograph film, preserved in the Library of Congress via a paper positive. Seems to me that it still has the taller drivers:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0LuWP5oq3IQ