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by John_S
Fri Apr 22, 2011 8:13 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Stacks
Replies: 61
Views: 7735

Re: Stacks

I just swept out my shop for the first time in a while. :oops: 70 pounds of swarf plus the 70 pounds of completed loco parts means mine is at 50% efficiency. :mrgreen: Get a dog. You'll be guaranteed to keep the shop floor as clean as possible. Dog paws and metal chips don't go well together!
by John_S
Mon Apr 18, 2011 4:32 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Stacks
Replies: 61
Views: 7735

Re: Stacks

As a related question to add to the mix, for my Allen mogul I am not using the cast aluminum smokebox, but rather a section of the pipe the boiler will be made out of. The Allen casting has the petticoat cast into it; therefore, I have no petticoat at the moment. There's probably a thousand answers ...
by John_S
Sat Apr 16, 2011 9:17 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: WHERE TO BUY METAL IN ATLANTA
Replies: 7
Views: 2974

Re: WHERE TO BUY METAL IN ATLANTA

Specialty Tool Steel in Suwanee. Walt or Les are really helpful. Greg That's pretty close to me. Can you walk in and order over-the-counter, or do you need to call in ahead of time? It seems like it's always the case where you suddenly discover you don't have that piece of stock you thought you had.
by John_S
Thu Apr 14, 2011 8:13 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Vendor thumbs up!
Replies: 1
Views: 1065

Re: Vendor thumbs up!

Paul Pool, the gentleman who owns Plum Cove, is one of the nicest, outgoing, proud people I've met in the hobby. He visits our railroad twice a year and is always great to visit with. His little electric box cabs are pretty much indestructible; two of our members have bought them from him. If you ev...
by John_S
Mon Apr 11, 2011 9:02 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Track Building Questions
Replies: 12
Views: 2497

Re: Track Building Questions

Another suggestion I'd like to make would be the type of rail joiners you can use. At the old North Georgia Live Steamers track we used fish plates, bolts, and nylon lock nuts. This meant quite a bit of time to shear the fish plates themselves (they were 1/8" x 3/8" x 3 1/2" aluminum), punch the hol...
by John_S
Mon Apr 11, 2011 9:37 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Allen Mogul Project - Down to Details
Replies: 125
Views: 33380

Re: New to the Forums - My Project

Fred, The number of flues and size are the end result of conversations with Don Fite, Kevin Doe, and Bob Harpur. I went with nine 3/4" i.d. tubes because there's no real benefit of having more smaller tubes. Bob's building a locomotive right now that has three tubes, one of which is, if I remember, ...
by John_S
Sun Apr 10, 2011 9:59 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Track Building Questions
Replies: 12
Views: 2497

Re: Track Building Questions

To elaborate a bit on grades, radii, and track construction: It's best to invest in -- or find someone with -- a transit and "shoot" your layout before you pick up a shovel. You want to combine all of the following for your railroad: ease of construction, slightest grade, widest radius curves, and m...
by John_S
Sun Apr 10, 2011 9:25 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Allen Mogul Project - Down to Details
Replies: 125
Views: 33380

Allen Mogul Project - Down to Details

Greetings everyone. Some of you I already know, but many of you I've never met. I've been in the hobby since around 1982 when my father and I stumbled upon the North Georgia Live Steamers railroad in Duluth, Georgia. It was at this exact moment that my father completely forgot that he owned HO and O...
by John_S
Sun Apr 10, 2011 8:52 pm
Forum: Build Log
Topic: Kozo A3 in 1.5" scale - new project
Replies: 546
Views: 153209

Re: Kozo A3 in 1.5" scale - new project

If you haven't machined the cylinder head yet, you could always include that "oops" area in it.

I'm wondering if you're going to have enough surface area left there for a good seal between the head and the cylinder.
by John_S
Fri Apr 08, 2011 9:44 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: engine finished
Replies: 11
Views: 2891

Re: engine finished

Congrats, Fred. Looks fantastic! Now load her up and bring her to Canton so we can all get a closer look (and some throttle time!).