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by PeterCraymer
Tue Jan 03, 2017 4:01 pm
Forum: Riding Scale Railroading
Topic: Santa Hopper
Replies: 4
Views: 2129

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: 834
Views: 168732

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: 181
Views: 79211

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: 3447

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...
by PeterCraymer
Mon Nov 21, 2016 3:55 pm
Forum: Build Log
Topic: My N&W class A 1239 (gauge 5", 1 in 10 scale)
Replies: 181
Views: 79211

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

Thanks for the information on the castings. I have someone who is able to make the 3d drawings from prints and can then make pattern as you have described. They must be scaled for the correct scale model! He said he is willing to do the drivers as well so I do not have to build them up as you have. ...
by PeterCraymer
Mon Nov 21, 2016 11:45 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Allen Harper Cylinder to saddle connection
Replies: 21
Views: 3447

Re: Allen Harper Cylinder to saddle connection

All moguls, 10-wheelers and 4-4-0's use this same basic method to attach the saddle and cylinders. Maybe between the aluminum casting being broken and potentially a serious hit, shock or something, the ears got broken. I don't know how they would break from regular stresses unless something else was...
by PeterCraymer
Mon Nov 21, 2016 11:25 am
Forum: Build Log
Topic: My N&W class A 1239 (gauge 5", 1 in 10 scale)
Replies: 181
Views: 79211

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

I need these Commonwealth T95 castings for a 1.5" J! Did you have the pattern and parts made or? They are fairly unique to the N&W engines and i have never seen them in any large scale.
by PeterCraymer
Thu Oct 27, 2016 8:19 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Winterizing double-acting waterpump
Replies: 10
Views: 1844

Re: Winterizing double-acting waterpump

I stick a 60W candelabra base light bulb (shaped almost like flame so it will fit) on a cord in the water hatch, close the hatch as much as possible and wrap mine with a moving blanket. I do the same for my loco. I do the best I can to dry everything mostly by taking fittings loose and using compres...
by PeterCraymer
Fri Jul 29, 2016 10:08 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: 1,000 lb Hydraulic/Pneumatic Motorcycle Lift
Replies: 6
Views: 1474

Re: 1,000 lb Hydraulic/Pneumatic Motorcycle Lift

As stated, they work well for home use to get things up high enough to work on from "floor" level. I also recommend new casters and potentially a longer frame. Some of them have been known to drift down, but I don't store it in the raised position and it comes with a safety bar to lock it up. I have...
by PeterCraymer
Wed Jul 06, 2016 9:46 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Coal Issues
Replies: 25
Views: 6576

Re: Coal Issues

I stopped using Kingsford or any briquettes and just use wood soaked in lighter fluid to start the fire. The charcoal took too long to get hot enough. Once the wood is burning well from the initial load, I throw in a little more dry wood and some coal (bituminous) on top. Once the coal is going, the...
by PeterCraymer
Fri Jun 17, 2016 8:53 am
Forum: Build Log
Topic: Building the 2.5" Scale Shay
Replies: 834
Views: 168732

Re: Building the 2.5" Scale Shay

Tristan, I just formed a ring out of 1/8" x 1" HRS that was a good snug fit into the boiler side. I set the flue sheet back from the end of the boiler pipe about an inch or so (don't remember exactly) so I could weld everything and then the ring was tack welded in a bunch of places around the OD of ...
by PeterCraymer
Tue Jun 14, 2016 8:23 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Anthracite Coal
Replies: 30
Views: 5349

Re: Anthracite Coal

I have recently tried some of the anthracite from TS as well. In the 10-wheeler, it has such a narrow firebox (between the drivers) that I found that mixing it was the only way to go as it will not burn by itself - for sure without a draft. It takes longer to light, so the planning is different. I d...