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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: 172
Views: 57763

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: 3134

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: 172
Views: 57763

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: 1624

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: 1296

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: 5584

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: 800
Views: 134523

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: 4696

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...
by PeterCraymer
Mon Apr 25, 2016 8:42 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Sad news........Gene Allen has passed
Replies: 15
Views: 3718

Re: Sad news........Gene Allen has passed

Gene was a great gentleman. As already told, he would share any and all info he could to answer a question. I one time asked him about a discrepancy on the print and he went and pulled them and told me that nobody ever pointed that out to him before! On another occasion, I had soldered the ends on t...
by PeterCraymer
Fri Mar 25, 2016 10:02 am
Forum: Build Log
Topic: Restoring a modified Allen 2-4-0 barn find
Replies: 126
Views: 59726

Re: Restoring a modified Allen 2-4-0 barn find

I know that you want to catch all the ash, but I would not extend the legs up into the firebox. You need space for fresh air to be drawn in through the grates for the fire. It will not only help your steaming, it will help the longevity of your grates. On my 10-wheeler, the ash pan is attached to th...
by PeterCraymer
Wed Feb 24, 2016 9:19 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Medical question for coal burners (rock burners)
Replies: 22
Views: 3341

Re: Medical question for coal burners (rock burners)

As a kids, the only steam engines I ever saw were coal fired. The smoke, cinders and aroma take me back to those years and so I knew from the outset that my engine would be coal fired. It is more fun and challenging to operate, and as long as I can, I will continue to do so! What would I do with all...
by PeterCraymer
Tue Jan 12, 2016 11:00 am
Forum: Build Log
Topic: CNW J class Mikado
Replies: 91
Views: 36915

Re: CNW J class Mikado

Tim,

Thanks for the details. looks great! I have found someone who may be able to locally print the patterns for me! I just need to get started! I will be following your progress with great interest!

Thanks,

Peter