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by Asteamhead
Mon Nov 05, 2012 7:48 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Nichrome wire in fire box for restarting fire?
Replies: 25
Views: 2611

Re: Nichrome wire in fire box for restarting fire?

I recommend a thicker wire of about 2 mm / 1 / 32" which will both stay and hold the red hot for a longer time. Quite a difference between those two sizes (.0787" / .0312"). Did you mean 1 mm / 1/32" ? 2 mm / 1/16"? Harold Ok, ok, you're right of course! 1/16 would be fine! We poor Germans are most...
by Asteamhead
Sun Nov 04, 2012 2:20 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Nichrome wire in fire box for restarting fire?
Replies: 25
Views: 2611

Re: Nichrome wire in fire box for restarting fire?

Hello, long time experience with an 1 " Decapod showed all those measures will improve re - ignition as long there is any red hot stuff in the fire chamber. In case of using a stainless coil I recommend a thicker wire of about 2 mm / 1 / 32" which will both stay and hold the red hot for a longer tim...
by Asteamhead
Thu Oct 25, 2012 12:24 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Building the Southern Railway PS-4 Frame
Replies: 256
Views: 43891

Re: Building the Southern Railway PS-4 Frame

Hello all! Maybe some photos may help? Building the class A of the N&W I found the solution used with the prototype best for the model, too. Easy machining in combination with rugged but still precise tappered axle bridges made of lasered sheets gave best results. Fixing the tappered bridges by 4 ve...
by Asteamhead
Sun Oct 21, 2012 2:01 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Berkshire Construction Photos
Replies: 118
Views: 47537

Re: Berkshire Construction Photos

Looking really great from every angle!
Asteamhead
by Asteamhead
Mon Oct 15, 2012 5:45 pm
Forum: Build Log
Topic: Another 2900 project...
Replies: 85
Views: 59258

Re: Another 2900 project...

Ed has been hard at work machining the crossheads. I cant claim any credit for those. Although they are substantially complete, there is still a bunch of work remaining on them. Here they are all mounted up onto the shoe and guides to make sure everything fits where its suppose to. Your crossheads ...
by Asteamhead
Mon Oct 15, 2012 5:27 pm
Forum: Build Log
Topic: Another 2900 project...
Replies: 85
Views: 59258

Re: Another 2900 project...

The wheels are Ed's castings that he had made for his GS's. They are sorta close to Santa Fe's. :wink: One of Ed's projects is building a Z-8 Challenger and since he needed some of the same spring hangars that I did we made a couple of molds, shot the waxes and had our own hangars cast. For a newbi...
by Asteamhead
Sat Oct 13, 2012 6:02 pm
Forum: Live Steam Marketplace
Topic: For Sale - NKP Berkshire Tooling
Replies: 3
Views: 1944

Re: For Sale - NKP Berkshire Tooling

To the Berkshire fans; One of my objectives here is to spend more time getting my own locomotive finished and running. I'm developed the Mars light and now I'm trying to get it to work other than in the computer. I'm also fighting this underlying urge to build a working, model Standard MB stoker. J...
by Asteamhead
Tue Oct 02, 2012 4:42 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Doubleheading
Replies: 35
Views: 6617

Re: Doubleheading

Two of our german DB class 44, 3 cylinder coal and oil burners at our "home" 5 " rail wwwhuserland.de.
The train is worked up a 1 % grade.
Asteamhead
44 1263, 44 1167.JPG
44 coal, 44 oil with a long train.JPG
by Asteamhead
Sun Sep 16, 2012 5:03 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: More Horses with bigger ports??
Replies: 17
Views: 2308

Re: More Horses with bigger ports??

whatever the problem it isn't the port size. I have a lot of experience with small ported steamers from 3/4" to 1-1/2" and all will run away and scare you. my 1-1/2" loco is INTENTIONTIONALLY under throttled to make it slow to start, but once open... remember, steam runs at speed of sound, so how l...
by Asteamhead
Thu Sep 06, 2012 5:01 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: THE STOKER IS DONE.
Replies: 22
Views: 5136

Re: THE STOKER IS DONE.

Any intermediate build pictures ? Especially on the auger :) Mike Hello Mike, There are some more photos of the auger (= srew?). It was intended using available parts, to be completed by welding on some spirals. Gradient per turn increases to the end to avoid sticking of the coal. Best regards Astea...
by Asteamhead
Thu Aug 16, 2012 7:21 pm
Forum: Build Log
Topic: My N&W class A 1239 (gauge 5", 1 in 10 scale)
Replies: 180
Views: 76577

Re: A with Timken running gear

Hey Asteamhead, I'll ask Bruce's son about frame pics. Bruce passed away several years ago. His locomotives were labors of love for him. He was a great friend and mentor to me over the years I knew him. I have many fond memories of running my brother's locomotives at his home and then my locomotive...
by Asteamhead
Thu Aug 16, 2012 7:18 pm
Forum: Build Log
Topic: My N&W class A 1239 (gauge 5", 1 in 10 scale)
Replies: 180
Views: 76577

Re: A with Timken running gear

Andy: Asteamhead: The Berkshire frame parts are mainly ductile iron and bronze. I was trying to capture that GSC locomotive bed look by casting the stoker engine and injector mounts on the cradle and the rear cylinder heads cast into the cylinder block. Please keep the pictures coming of your progr...