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by Bill Shields
Sat Dec 07, 2019 9:18 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: NELS Track At The Box Factory
Replies: 8
Views: 316

Re: NELS Track At The Box Factory

the only challenge was if you were to fall off the bridge or into the water!
by Bill Shields
Sat Dec 07, 2019 6:46 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: NELS Track At The Box Factory
Replies: 8
Views: 316

Re: NELS Track At The Box Factory

Jim was a active member there for years until NYCRR started moving him around the country..but unfortunately is no longer around to add to this discussion....but much of what you relate sounds very familiar to what he described.
by Bill Shields
Sat Dec 07, 2019 2:46 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: NELS Track At The Box Factory
Replies: 8
Views: 316

Re: NELS Track At The Box Factory

this picture is from 1951 - recognize him (before you read the picture title) BILL VAN BROCKLIN WITH 4-4-2 AT DANVERS 1951 small.jpg this one from 1939 M. SPANGENBERG'S 2-8-2 NELS 1939 small.jpg here is one with people in shirt / tie / jacket at the track. Look through the smoke... wearing tie under...
by Bill Shields
Sat Dec 07, 2019 2:33 pm
Forum: Build Log
Topic: Basket case 2-4-0
Replies: 28
Views: 8539

Re: Basket case 2-4-0

as long as the saddle fits around the edges you can always fill the gap with Permatex...nobody but the 4000 people reading Chaski will know the difference after it is painted :shock:

the flange / welding on the boiler looks a bit iffy..but it is probably just surface crud obfuscating the optics.
by Bill Shields
Sat Dec 07, 2019 8:22 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Plate/Pan-Style Propane Burners
Replies: 12
Views: 407

Re: Plate/Pan-Style Propane Burners

it takes a bit of experimentation to get the hole size correct...most of which can be done OUTSIDE of the boiler.

combustion air / fuel mix is handled by the adjustable venturi.

The size of the gas orifice is reasonably straightforward to calculate....the positioning takes a bit of finesse.
by Bill Shields
Fri Dec 06, 2019 7:50 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Limited room for steam.
Replies: 11
Views: 802

Re: Limited room for steam.

full-size locos used a centrifugal separator...unfortunately it cannot be scaled down...but is something I have looked at long and hard before I just 'raised the dome'.
by Bill Shields
Fri Dec 06, 2019 7:48 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Cylinder Borning
Replies: 20
Views: 816

Re: Cylinder Borning

what's the face - to - face of the cylinder?
by Bill Shields
Fri Dec 06, 2019 7:45 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Kit Iron Castings
Replies: 16
Views: 556

Re: Kit Iron Castings

reference the picture: the only thing more awkward than a derailed steam locomotive is.....a HOT derailed steam loco :shock: been there...done that and happy for all the helping hands (and gloves). about the iron differnces...if you are THAT worried about broken flanges...the shrink on steel tires a...
by Bill Shields
Fri Dec 06, 2019 7:16 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Plate/Pan-Style Propane Burners
Replies: 12
Views: 407

Re: Plate/Pan-Style Propane Burners

what you are seeing is VERY SIMILAR to Bill Connor's design with the sides flattened. yes, his stuff was steel / welded but.... I have pictures of one of Connor's burners if you like...they make more heat then you know what to do with... conner burner 800.jpg the big trick to all of these designs is...
by Bill Shields
Fri Dec 06, 2019 11:47 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Plate/Pan-Style Propane Burners
Replies: 12
Views: 407

Re: Plate/Pan-Style Propane Burners

actually...the inflow of fuel gas and air act as a cooling agent to keep the temperature down.

no fuel gas -> no air flow - no cooling -> no flame -> no heat - no problem

I wouldn't SOFT SOLDER it, but a good hard solder and / or brazing rod would be just fine...
by Bill Shields
Thu Dec 05, 2019 9:47 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: 1” scale rivets
Replies: 11
Views: 587

Re: 1” scale rivets

PVC for the tank with rivets sounds like a potential problem.

Squeeze the rivet enough to flatten the head on the inside and you are liable to crack the pipe...maybe not at the time..but you will have to be very careful

push in rivets may not stay put in the plastic...
by Bill Shields
Thu Dec 05, 2019 9:41 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Plate/Pan-Style Propane Burners
Replies: 12
Views: 407

Re: Plate/Pan-Style Propane Burners

i have some of the plate style 'plates' about that size, but you need to build the carrier, venturi, etc:

I have a friend in Germany who has built a couple, and they seem to work just fine..

it is just another project that i have not 'gotten around toit' yet.