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by PeterCraymer
Fri May 19, 2017 2:38 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Attaching the smokebox
Replies: 12
Views: 2654

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: 1226

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: 5200

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: 14001

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: 14001

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: 59807

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: 6838

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: 3271

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: 1861

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: 800
Views: 132451

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!
by PeterCraymer
Mon Nov 28, 2016 9:59 am
Forum: Build Log
Topic: My N&W class A 1239 (gauge 5", 1 in 10 scale)
Replies: 169
Views: 56660

Re: My N&W class A 1239 (gauge 5", 1 in 10 scale)

Danke! I like the idea to make each half to cast together. I assume the center is solid and you will only open what is needed for linkage and springs? I too do not understand why these locomotives in preservation do not retain the bearing covers. My only guess is that with the newer sealed bearing a...
by PeterCraymer
Mon Nov 21, 2016 4:17 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Allen Harper Cylinder to saddle connection
Replies: 21
Views: 3121

Re: Allen Harper Cylinder to saddle connection

True. I mean that the lip on the saddle is the same. I can't comment on if there are any differences of attachment to the cylinders/saddle joint as i don't know that detail. The rigidity of the entire assembly may be different because of the frame member differences. The wall of the saddle itself is...