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by Dick_Morris
Mon Dec 16, 2019 1:10 am
Forum: Riding Scale Railroading
Topic: Comments on train unloading facilities
Replies: 13
Views: 4691

Re: Comments on train unloading facilities

Then build a 12x4 hydraulic table on casters that can roll all over the pad and up to track at the edge of the pad.
I think I would use pneumatic tires if I went this route. Otherwise I'd be afraid that hitting a rock with a caster might ruin my day.
by Dick_Morris
Sat Dec 14, 2019 6:44 pm
Forum: Build Log
Topic: Kombrink's American
Replies: 290
Views: 89548

Re: Kombrink's American

Many years ago a friend adapted a Barbie to serve as engineer on his 1-1/2" scale Mike. He always referred to the engineer as a Barbie that had had a sex change operation. Ideal (I think) made a series of character dolls around the 1970. They included Jed Clampett, Ellie Mae, Jethro, Maverick, and J...
by Dick_Morris
Thu Dec 12, 2019 7:18 pm
Forum: Build Log
Topic: An O.S. Porter Journey
Replies: 39
Views: 7640

Re: An O.S. Porter Journey

Nice work on the tender.
by Dick_Morris
Wed Dec 11, 2019 6:38 am
Forum: Build Log
Topic: USATC S-160 Consolidation
Replies: 57
Views: 33904

Re: USATC S-160 Consolidation

Frank - A simple kiln can be made relatively easily. Check VOG's Youtube channel for information on how he made his. He also has a calculator for wire size and length. I was getting tired of making tools before I could make parts so I watched Craig's List for Kilns for about a month. They show up re...
by Dick_Morris
Wed Dec 11, 2019 2:59 am
Forum: Build Log
Topic: USATC S-160 Consolidation
Replies: 57
Views: 33904

Re: USATC S-160 Consolidation

Vacuum. I melt with a Kerr Electromelt that I retrofitted with a digital PID controller. I have a propane foundry that will melt a lot more, but I restrict it to summer use. I've used it when there was snow on the ground but I'd rather not. Burn out is with a Kerr 6" x 6" x 6" oven and a kiln that i...
by Dick_Morris
Tue Dec 10, 2019 11:21 pm
Forum: Build Log
Topic: USATC S-160 Consolidation
Replies: 57
Views: 33904

Re: USATC S-160 Consolidation

After a couple of previous attempts at using patterns made in 3D printed wax-like castable resin, I've made it through most of the learning curve of learning 3D modeling software, learning to use a 3D printer, and lost wax casting. I had a pretty good collection of lost wax equipment acquired many y...
by Dick_Morris
Tue Dec 10, 2019 12:53 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Steam railroading to return to Alaska!
Replies: 137
Views: 64472

Re: Steam railroading to return to Alaska!

The most recent status report is posted at http://www.557.alaskarails.org/restore/progress-reports/2019_11/index.html. Another milestone was reached a few days after the November status report cut-off. All 1143 staybolts in the replacement firebox have now been safety welded. On loan from Greatland ...
by Dick_Morris
Thu Dec 05, 2019 6:34 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Cylinder Borning
Replies: 20
Views: 3282

Re: Cylinder Borning

Down feed on a Bridgeport style mill will let me bore my steam cylinders, but there isn't enough spindle travel to bore the valve cylinders without some manipulation. In an old Live Steam, there was a photo of cylinder being bored on a Bridgeport style milling machine with the head turned horizontal...
by Dick_Morris
Thu Nov 28, 2019 3:11 am
Forum: Riding Scale Railroading
Topic: Lathe for turning wheels
Replies: 61
Views: 12963

Re: Lathe for turning wheels

The bench you put your lathe on will influence the lathe's rigidity. For the price of a bag or two of ready mix and maybe a little rebar or steel mesh you can have a rigid mounting surface with a lot of mass.
by Dick_Morris
Thu Nov 21, 2019 4:07 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Steam railroading to return to Alaska!
Replies: 137
Views: 64472

Re: Steam railroading to return to Alaska!

We are excited to announce that our 2019 fund raising campaign is being kicked off with a massive $60,000 donor matching challenge (including $5,000 from me). Several high dollar expenditures are in the pipeline and we are ready to contract for the work as soon as funds are available. Information on...
by Dick_Morris
Wed Nov 20, 2019 5:48 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Do wheels have to be cast iron?
Replies: 15
Views: 2291

Re: Do wheels have to be cast iron?

In some ways steel is better. It lasts longer and has better traction than cast iron. Cast iron is the traditional material because that was the most practical way to get the spoke or Boxpox shapes. Now we can do the same thing with CNC. Some have fabricated wheels from rings, spokes, and the crank ...
by Dick_Morris
Fri Nov 01, 2019 6:26 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Steam railroading to return to Alaska!
Replies: 137
Views: 64472

Re: Steam railroading to return to Alaska!

October was another productive month. Parts are being put back together and much progress was made. The latest progress report is at http://www.557.alaskarails.org/restore/progress-reports/2019_10/index.html. Not to limit himself to the preservation of a single locomotive, Project Manager Patrick Du...