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by DianneB
Wed Feb 20, 2019 5:53 pm
Forum: Riding Scale Railroading
Topic: charging two batteries in series
Replies: 7
Views: 3051

Re: charging two batteries in series

The only thing with charging batteries in series is that they must be well matched - same make, same size, same age, and always used in series. Otherwise the charge will not be balanced. It is a good idea to periodically check the battery voltage after use with a digital voltmeter to make sure they ...
by DianneB
Wed Feb 20, 2019 6:25 am
Forum: Riding Scale Railroading
Topic: Train detector, welded rails - ideas???
Replies: 14
Views: 5388

Re: Train detector, welded rails - ideas???

Thanks for all the suggestions gang - gives me lots to think about.
by DianneB
Tue Feb 19, 2019 8:35 am
Forum: Riding Scale Railroading
Topic: Train detector, welded rails - ideas???
Replies: 14
Views: 5388

Train detector, welded rails - ideas???

Our club has flat-iron rails with ties welded on every few inches. It is a good reliable system that stands up well over time but makes 'train detection' a challenge! We have one blind spot just coming out of a corner where the forward view is limited by the clubhouse just after the curve. More than...
by DianneB
Sun Feb 17, 2019 7:17 am
Forum: Riding Scale Railroading
Topic: Coloured graphics?
Replies: 10
Views: 3854

Re: Coloured graphics?

Thanks for all the information Cary. There are a number of beautiful 4-4-0s and I have always loved the look of the American class. Thanks John. I may try the water slide - can't afford hand-painted. Doesn't matter if they have to be replaced every few years. I'd really like to have the vibrant colo...
by DianneB
Sat Feb 16, 2019 3:39 pm
Forum: Riding Scale Railroading
Topic: Coloured graphics?
Replies: 10
Views: 3854

Coloured graphics?

Has anybody tried 'water slide' decals on their rolling stock? How do they stand up to the sun and weather? I'd like to dress up my LE American with some nice scroll-work and fancy lettering in multiple colours, maybe with a satin clear-coat over top for protection but have no idea how long it would...
by DianneB
Thu Feb 14, 2019 2:39 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: PTFE tube for steam?
Replies: 18
Views: 3827

Re: PTFE tube for steam?

Bill Shields wrote:
Thu Feb 14, 2019 1:52 pm
how much tube do you actually need (assuming no spares)?
1 foot would do me.
by DianneB
Thu Feb 14, 2019 12:05 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: PTFE tube for steam?
Replies: 18
Views: 3827

Re: PTFE tube for steam?

Dont need fittings
by DianneB
Thu Feb 14, 2019 11:40 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: PTFE tube for steam?
Replies: 18
Views: 3827

Re: PTFE tube for steam?

Part number for a 25 foot roll is 101-0312031-NT-25
by DianneB
Thu Feb 14, 2019 6:49 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: PTFE tube for steam?
Replies: 18
Views: 3827

Re: PTFE tube for steam?

squandt wrote:
Thu Feb 14, 2019 1:26 am
.... you can get it from McMaster Carr as stated
Unfortunately I am in Canada and McMaster-Carr refuse to ship here. Most suppliers sell a minimum of a 20 foot roll and are asking close to $200 for a roll - that's awfully expensive to get 1 foot of tube!
by DianneB
Wed Feb 13, 2019 6:47 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Cylinder drain cocks?
Replies: 3
Views: 1542

Cylinder drain cocks?

Does anyone recognize this style of steam-operated drain cocks? Looks like something I'd be interested in for my 1.5 American.

I saw them on a Golden Gate video from fall of 2017.

I could make some guesses on the internals but drawings would be handy!
by DianneB
Wed Feb 13, 2019 10:04 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: PTFE tube for steam?
Replies: 18
Views: 3827

PTFE tube for steam?

Has anybody tried PTFE tubing in steam service? It looks like the specs go well above the requirements for saturated steam at 100 PSI. The vacuum breaks on my LE American never did work worth sxxx - ejector used a LOT of steam and produced no vacuum so I switched it over to steam brakes but I need a...
by DianneB
Wed Dec 26, 2018 6:51 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Clyinder Cocks for the LE American
Replies: 9
Views: 2363

Re: Clyinder Cocks for the LE American

Nice job Charlie!
I like mechanical drains but couldn't figure an un-complicated way to get the linkage back to the cab.
It looks like your drains are further from the ends of the cylinders than mine. I have VERY little clearance between the pilot wheels and the drains in a curve!