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by B&OBob
Mon Jan 18, 2021 11:11 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Forming boiler sheets for three 3/4-in. scale Virginias
Replies: 46
Views: 6964

Re: Forming boiler sheets for three 3/4-in. scale Virginias

Andy -- Superb workmanship and a big boost for smaller-scale live steam. Thank personally, and in the name of Humanity; not much of this sort of skill and dedication comes along these days in any field, so congratulations!

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by B&OBob
Thu Dec 10, 2020 12:34 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Do you guys feel you get more than just a Loco out of your builds?
Replies: 18
Views: 1983

Re: Do you guys feel you get more than just a Loco out of your builds?

The main character is said to be modeled after the famous L.B.S.C. although I believe Shute never said or confirmed this. Shute actually credited Edgar T. Westbury as his example for the Trustee. That is confirmed by his story, which emphasizes Westbury-type small steam and I.C. engines, rather tha...
by B&OBob
Mon Nov 16, 2020 2:30 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Might try widening an LGB loco to 3/4" scale. Anyone seen that done?
Replies: 20
Views: 4042

Re: Might try widening an LGB loco to 3/4" scale. Anyone seen that done?

What does this have to do with live steam?

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by B&OBob
Fri Oct 23, 2020 6:29 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Track Work
Replies: 23
Views: 5250

Re: Track Work

It's encouraging to see that one club -- and a really engaged member -- have stopped burying wood ties, that are destined to rot, with long-lasting plastic. This is an expensive, labor intensive project, but sure to pay-off in the future. Great looking work, Dan! There are still some unsung heros ar...
by B&OBob
Wed Aug 26, 2020 8:08 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Atilla Varady
Replies: 9
Views: 3911

Re: Atilla Varady

Hello, and thank you for checking-in. Your great grandmother provided an opportunity for Atilla, possibly at a point in his life where he most valued friendship and opportunity.
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by B&OBob
Sat Apr 18, 2020 8:43 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Just a Note -- Don Ashton
Replies: 4
Views: 2991

Re: Just a Note -- Don Ashton

Thanks for your note, Dave.
Very sorry to learn we lost Don, whose valve gear design booklets were concise and informative without being stuffy.
B&O Bob
by B&OBob
Wed Apr 08, 2020 11:27 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Paint help
Replies: 27
Views: 11106

Re: Paint help

Most external surfaces of my 2.5" Ga B&O B-18 ten wheeler and tender are brass. Forty years ago, before painting, I grit blasted everything prior to assembly with 450-grit aluminum oxide. Admittedly, this is a messy process having to be done outside and requiring a meticulous effort to eliminate eve...
by B&OBob
Sat Nov 09, 2019 12:30 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Running a live steamer "1930s style"
Replies: 31
Views: 16797

Re: Running a live steamer "1930s style"

Actually some riding cars did have brakes. Our 2.5" Ga. car had a steel-clad wood plank about 9" long under the center of the car. The pad was normally retracted by a coil spring on each corner. Actuating the brake lever caused an eccentric cam in the center of the pad to force the brake pad against...
by B&OBob
Thu May 02, 2019 11:25 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Steam Distraction
Replies: 11
Views: 3947

Re: Steam Distraction

Congratulations -- looks great!
How about a descripion and some closeup pictures of the works?
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by B&OBob
Mon Apr 15, 2019 11:25 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: 12VCompressor for a Brake Car
Replies: 64
Views: 26657

Re: 12VCompressor for a Brake Car

Nothing is perfect. The pressure switch and high current relay (especially if "automotive" quality) are subject to failure, possibly allowing the compressor to run indefinitely. While compressor maximum output pressure is self-limiting to some extent, it's worthwhile to incorporate a safety valve in...
by B&OBob
Sun Apr 14, 2019 2:09 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: 12VCompressor for a Brake Car
Replies: 64
Views: 26657

Re: 12VCompressor for a Brake Car

Those compressors run at high speed, generarting considerable noise and some vibration. You might want to consider using a ventilated housing with moderate soundproofing and vibration isolation for the compressor. Also, the more air storage capacity in the system, the better to keep the compressor f...
by B&OBob
Sun Apr 07, 2019 8:17 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Vincent Astor's railroad
Replies: 16
Views: 7232

Re: Vincent Astor's railroad

Oops! I apologize for the multiple near-identical posts above. I did not realize the topic had gone to a second page and thought my comments had not been posted. Sorry about that.
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