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by Glenn Brooks
Wed Jun 22, 2016 12:51 am
Forum: Riding Scale Railroading
Topic: Converting 1946 tender to pull behind Wagon
Replies: 6
Views: 2776

Re: Converting 1946 tender to pull behind Wagon

So, do you want the wheels to sit under the tender, like trucks? Or do you care if the wheels fit outside the tender body, Ala covered wagon style. For outside wheels, Seems like an easy install with 4 cheap lawn mower wheels and two pieces of 1/2" rod for axles. Make a frame with a bolt/pin to moun...
by Glenn Brooks
Sat Jun 18, 2016 8:26 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Anthracite Coal
Replies: 30
Views: 6150

Re: Anthracite Coal

Interesting discussion. Here in the PNW, including at Train mountain in oregon, coal is banned on club tracks, due to nearly constant high fire danger. As a result, most coal burners in Washington have switched to propane. I've kept around 1200# coal for my personal use, but when that is gone, indee...
by Glenn Brooks
Thu Jun 16, 2016 1:17 am
Forum: Riding Scale Railroading
Topic: Erskine Tramway
Replies: 312
Views: 109574

Re: Erskine Tramway

Mike, pretty remarkable! Do these things buffer shock and jarring in the same way as coil springs? In other words, say for a riding car, do they cushion the ride the same way as coil or leaf springs?

Thanks
Glenn
by Glenn Brooks
Wed Jun 15, 2016 8:30 pm
Forum: Riding Scale Railroading
Topic: Refurbishing my Railroad
Replies: 17
Views: 7146

Re: Refurbishing my Railroad

SanDogDewey wrote:I'm planning on setting up this railroad on a 90' x 90' lot. What is the recommended minimum radius for the corners and switches?
You should ask RMI what their recommended minimums are for the engine. Probably the minimum is 20' to 30' radius curves...
by Glenn Brooks
Wed Jun 15, 2016 5:01 pm
Forum: Riding Scale Railroading
Topic: Erskine Tramway
Replies: 312
Views: 109574

Re: Erskine Tramway

Mike, where did you source the rubber springs? Iam thinking about building a couple of 12" ga work cars. These might work for the suspension.

thanks,
Glenn
by Glenn Brooks
Mon Jun 13, 2016 12:28 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Anthracite Coal
Replies: 30
Views: 6150

Re: Anthracite Coal

Iam curious what size chunks of Anthacite are you burning? It might make a difference if you used smallish diameter, say 1" - 2" diameter coal. More exposed surface area to generate coal gas for ignition... Also, I believe anthracite coal burners were built with larger fire boxes than bituminous eng...
by Glenn Brooks
Thu Jun 09, 2016 10:18 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Steam pressure gauges is there any interest in them?
Replies: 32
Views: 14374

Re: Steam pressure gauges is there any interest in them?

I would be interested in maybe two 2" ( or 2 1/2" gauges) with 250-300 psi range. Smaller than two inches is definitely to small for grand scale locos. Plus harder to see with tired eyes.

Gpb
by Glenn Brooks
Thu Jun 09, 2016 12:14 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Chip Welding
Replies: 31
Views: 4574

Re: Chip Welding

Harold, yes, am sure it was not HSS - just garden variety hardware store jig saw blades. But we were in a pinch and it got the job done. I used lubrication on every operation after that with almost no chip loading. Simple hand held spray bottle of diesel fuel worked well. Aluminium certainly is a di...
by Glenn Brooks
Wed Jun 08, 2016 11:56 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Worth reaming this?
Replies: 8
Views: 1348

Re: Worth reaming this?

Can't hurt to ream a few units as an experiment. If you get better results, go for it during your production run. If it doesn't improve the product, then you've also learned something equally valuable about quality control and saving time during future production runs.

Gpb
by Glenn Brooks
Wed Jun 08, 2016 11:49 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Protecting brass
Replies: 10
Views: 1726

Re: Protecting brass

Yep, multi coats of lacquer is the traditional method for protecting polished brass. But you need several to 6 coats probably. And they will wear off, so keep some around and add a coat or two every year. Maybe the new polyurethane stuff is better- particularly as Conrad has good experience with the...
by Glenn Brooks
Wed Jun 08, 2016 11:40 pm
Forum: Riding Scale Railroading
Topic: Anybody recognize this old one cylinder mystery engine?
Replies: 9
Views: 2813

Re: Anybody recognize this old one cylinder mystery engine?

Thanks guys, yep, it's been stored in a shed for at least 25 years. It turns over easily with the hand crank, but that's as far as I've taken it so far. Right now, just trying to identify what it is, then go look for a parts manual and spares, etc. I left it outside this winter to let the rain accel...
by Glenn Brooks
Wed Jun 08, 2016 12:13 am
Forum: Riding Scale Railroading
Topic: Erskine Tramway
Replies: 312
Views: 109574

Re: Erskine Tramway

Another type of cement block that is gaining in popularity here in the PNW, is a product called Roman Stack Stones. These are maybe 8" or 9" lengthwise and have a molded crown top dead center of each block. So the blocks fit down over the molded crown and lock together. I bury one at least halfway i...