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by PeterCraymer
Thu Nov 21, 2019 8:31 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Do wheels have to be cast iron?
Replies: 15
Views: 4463

Re: Do wheels have to be cast iron?


Can we talk about the N&W castings shown? Looks like a light driver, T-95 Commonwealth tender truck and pilot truck casting for an N&W J. Is this for 1 1/2" scale?


by PeterCraymer
Fri Nov 01, 2019 2:57 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Conical Boiler Casing
Replies: 10
Views: 3818

Re: Conical Boiler Casing

I just used poster-board from the dollar store on top of the cork insulation and solid supports for things like the handrails and drew lines on the poster-board. then i cut it with scissors and secured it with blue painters tape. Worked pretty well with some minor adjustments for the difference of t...
by PeterCraymer
Tue Sep 24, 2019 12:17 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Modified D-valve dimensions from print
Replies: 16
Views: 6406

Re: Modified D-valve dimensions from print

Mine were slightly off as well. Just follow the instructions as you have said and all will be fine.
by PeterCraymer
Wed Aug 28, 2019 7:32 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: 730 Gets a Boiler
Replies: 82
Views: 28992

Re: 730 Gets a Boiler

My blowdowns have a stainless steel disc with a hole in them that rotates to align with the hole in the body of the valve. The disc seals against a viton o-ring as opposed to the plastic disc/hole that yours has. The o-ring hardens after about a year or so, so i just change the o-ring. The hole in t...
by PeterCraymer
Fri May 31, 2019 7:14 am
Forum: Build Log
Topic: Building the 2.5" Scale Shay
Replies: 865
Views: 234031

Re: Building the 2.5" Scale Shay

I also used cork in layers. My jacket is made from sides of old Steelcase office furniture so the gauge is a bit heavier - maybe almost .062. It will take a thread for 4-40 if you dimple it first lightly with a punch. My bell has two 4-40 screws holding it down just to the jacket. The handrails on t...
by PeterCraymer
Mon May 13, 2019 12:40 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Allen 10 wheeler boiler
Replies: 13
Views: 6243

Re: Allen 10 wheeler boiler

I used 3/8 stays in original locations. No preference on the type of stay on the crown sheet. I built using the girders but only because that is what was on the print. I omitted a few flues because they were behind the blast nozzle and have had no noticeable effect. I will however use 3/4" flues for...
by PeterCraymer
Wed Apr 24, 2019 7:42 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Valve for steam-operated drains?
Replies: 10
Views: 3831

Re: Valve for steam-operated drains?

I just plumbed in 2 valves. One allows steam to the line and cylinder cocks and the other vents that line to the atmosphere. Quick acting and just looks like one more valve on the manifold. Not prototype, but functional. You just have to close one then the other and then reverse the process to open ...
by PeterCraymer
Fri Apr 12, 2019 7:45 am
Forum: Build Log
Topic: A Real Dirty Job
Replies: 172
Views: 90609

Re: A Real Dirty Job

I have done similar to get nice clean faces on the wheels but used Scotchbrite to polish them. Then I have sprayed a clear coat over the now bare metal surfaces. This wont keep the rust away forever as it chips eventually and such, but it keeps the surface rust off and unless you leave it in the sun...
by PeterCraymer
Fri Apr 05, 2019 9:44 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Temporary Trailer-Engine haul
Replies: 35
Views: 10090

Re: Temporary Trailer-Engine haul

If the trailer has a wooden floor and you are allowed to attach things to it, I have used 2x4's many times to make a set of "rails" and attach various tie down loops or brackets as a temporary transport. I have also made sets with wood that are not attached to the trailer or truck bed, but still use...
by PeterCraymer
Fri Mar 22, 2019 8:41 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Jesse Livingston
Replies: 10
Views: 3692

Re: Jesse Livingston

Unka Jesse was a great source of information and generally a nice guy and willing to share. He liked to simplify things - meaning uncomplicate them even when building something odd or complicated! It's been a few years since I made it to any MSLS meets myself, but as a beginner in the hobby with eit...
by PeterCraymer
Wed Dec 26, 2018 10:15 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Atta Boy for Eccentric Engineering Injector
Replies: 11
Views: 5396

Re: Atta Boy for Eccentric Engineering Injector

I will again give kudos to Anthony. I had an English style injector when I started and it wouldn't pick up unless the pressure was ABOVE 85psi. I worked fine up to popping pressure of 125, but below 80psi was a non-starter. Biggest issue was getting it to pickup. you had to tune on the water full, t...