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by PeterCraymer
Fri Aug 25, 2017 7:48 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Locomotive Water Issues
Replies: 17
Views: 4578

Re: Locomotive Water Issues

With my A&K injector, I must turn the water on full, turn on the steam (ball valve) until a stream appears out the overflow that only experience can tell you what that should look like and then cut the water back until it picks up. As soon as it picks up, you must snap open the water back up to full...
by PeterCraymer
Fri Jul 21, 2017 8:52 am
Forum: Build Log
Topic: Building the Frisco 1522
Replies: 89
Views: 43544

Re: Building the Frisco 1522

"I don't know how you waterjet a hole." - It's called a pierce by some. It goes to a position inside the circle of the hole, starts the abrasive/water and then moves out to traverse the circumference of the circle or hole. A lot would depend on the diameter you re trying to get and the capability of...
by PeterCraymer
Fri May 19, 2017 2:38 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Attaching the smokebox
Replies: 12
Views: 2932

Re: Attaching the smokebox

My vote is a couple of real round head screws that actually hold the smokebox and the remainder are only aesthetic drive screws that have the same or similar sized head. I wouldn't rely on the drive screws to actually hold that joint.

Peter
by PeterCraymer
Mon May 01, 2017 12:05 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Water pump eccentric fastenening
Replies: 6
Views: 1362

Re: Water pump eccentric fastenening

On my Allen 10-wheeler, the eccentric is a slip fit on the axle. It has 2 setscrews 90 degrees apart on a collar - loctite of course. That is all. No twisting, rotating etc. I figure if the pump ever offers enough resistance to try to spin that, I have bigger issues! If I ever get to building my nex...
by PeterCraymer
Tue Apr 18, 2017 10:26 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Allen Models making changes.
Replies: 29
Views: 5657

Re: Allen Models making changes.

I heard a number of stories about the stock cast aluminum rods causing problems related to breakage and or the design of the connection of the front rod to the rear rod. I am not a huge fan of the fishback style rods either and wanted to have them with flutes cut into the sides. That known, I made a...
by PeterCraymer
Mon Apr 17, 2017 10:23 am
Forum: Build Log
Topic: Allen Models 0-4-0 Build- MS&S #14
Replies: 26
Views: 15197

Re: Allen Models 0-4-0 Build- MS&S #14

For rivets on my tender, I used a combo of drive screws (not many), round head, slotted brass machine screws and mostly copper rivets from McMaster. I used short enough rivets that the didn't leave much inside when peened over. Where I was joining pieces, the back piece was countersunk to help the r...
by PeterCraymer
Thu Apr 13, 2017 6:20 am
Forum: Build Log
Topic: Allen Models 0-4-0 Build- MS&S #14
Replies: 26
Views: 15197

Re: Allen Models 0-4-0 Build- MS&S #14

Looking Good! It's good to see someone who is not afraid to learn, make mistakes, learn from those mistakes and keep moving forward all the while sharing those experiences with others. I scrounged a LOT of material to build my engine and tender. All of the tender tank, top and baffles are from picki...
by PeterCraymer
Thu Apr 06, 2017 12:24 pm
Forum: Build Log
Topic: 2-1/2" NG class A shay.
Replies: 208
Views: 70605

Re: 2-1/2" NG class A shay.

When I cut the sides for the firebox, I think I used a jigsaw for most of it and then took the grinder to it for weld prep. I cut the holes in my boiler by blocking underneath so it wouldn't twist or roll and then between clamps and a couple of ratchet straps around the entire table (watch the lube ...
by PeterCraymer
Wed Feb 15, 2017 8:26 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Another New Guy wants a 10-wheeler
Replies: 45
Views: 7628

Re: Another New Guy wants a 10-wheeler

I built an Allen 10-wheeler as my first engine because of most of the things listed above. I liked the design, there are hundreds or more built, and they share most components with the mogul and American that should account for even more engines proving the design. It was relatively inexpensive if y...
by PeterCraymer
Wed Jan 11, 2017 4:08 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Allen Ten Wheeler Rehab
Replies: 19
Views: 3704

Re: Allen Ten Wheeler Rehab

Rob, Just a little oil on the brasses every now and then should be sufficient. Not too much or else it starts running out the back of the journal box, down the face of the wheel and then it starts lubing the track! If they are the old half brass type, do make sure that the brass is seated properly i...
by PeterCraymer
Tue Jan 03, 2017 4:01 pm
Forum: Riding Scale Railroading
Topic: Santa Hopper
Replies: 4
Views: 2063

Re: Santa Hopper

I thought you left it off on purpose! I like the idea of a Santa Hopper! I even showed it to my wife.
by PeterCraymer
Tue Dec 27, 2016 11:37 am
Forum: Build Log
Topic: Building the 2.5" Scale Shay
Replies: 811
Views: 158217

Re: Building the 2.5" Scale Shay

Looks great Tristan! The thing will really start to look like something when you get the boiler set on there!
Will you be out there Friday or Saturday? I'm planning on coming over and running too. Hope to see you there!