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by RONALD
Thu Feb 06, 2020 1:19 pm
Forum: Lathes
Topic: Considering a DRO
Replies: 33
Views: 10337

Re: Considering a DRO

Here is a site for the "Rolls" of DRO's, they have lots of good information. They also own ACU-RITE. I have an ACU-RITE DRO that came with my lathe, and a Heidenhain I installed on my rebuild of the B&S #2 Mill. https://www.heidenhain.us/applications/machine-tool/ Here is their current device for la...
by RONALD
Fri Jan 31, 2020 10:35 pm
Forum: Riding Scale Railroading
Topic: Rail spacing for 7-1/2” gauge Equipment
Replies: 4
Views: 3731

Re: Rail spacing for 7-1/2” gauge Equipment

I have made my own track gauges out of steel bar, but I just noticed Precision Steel Car Co. has aluminum gauge bars for sale: https://www.precisionsteelcar.com/details_misc.html I use 7-9/16 for Straight Track, and 7-5/8 for Curved Track also, and it's easy to misplace a bar. My steel bars, 1-1/2" ...
by RONALD
Fri Jan 31, 2020 10:03 pm
Forum: Live Steam Marketplace
Topic: Ditch lights
Replies: 3
Views: 1974

Re: Ditch lights

Precision Steel Cars: https://www.precisionsteelcar.com/details_loco.html

Has Step Lights, aren't they the same as Ditch Lights?
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by RONALD
Sat Jan 11, 2020 1:41 pm
Forum: Milling Machines
Topic: older milling machines
Replies: 5
Views: 2882

Re: older milling machines

Spro, I have two older B&S Mills, a 1908 #1-1/2, and a 1924 #1 they were both installed at the older school building where all shops had line shafts powered by one single electric motor near each shop. When they were transferred to the new school building, in the middle 1930's, electrical distributi...
by RONALD
Tue Dec 31, 2019 11:38 am
Forum: Milling Machines
Topic: Show us your milling machine!
Replies: 314
Views: 164365

Re: Show us your milling machine!

It is interesting to start back at the beginning of these posts, 2010, and see that many photos are now missing. This is one of the problems of storing photos, etc., on another site, it may go POOF! Yahoo did this to all its Groups this December, and left only a shell of email addresses, which is ab...
by RONALD
Fri Dec 06, 2019 9:49 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Kit Iron Castings
Replies: 16
Views: 4071

Re: Kit Iron Castings

Speaking of "Tilting at Windmills", I tried to do my own Ductile Iron at the school were I taught. They had an old Rotary Arc Furnace, but no way to accurately measure temperature, it was done by watching the Watt-Hour Meter, and calculating for the weight of Pig Iron at what input energy it should ...
by RONALD
Fri Dec 06, 2019 4:46 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Cylinder Borning
Replies: 20
Views: 5903

Re: Cylinder Borning

Here I am in 1971 using a relatively new (1968) Bridgeport and a Bridgeport Boring Head to bore all four cylinders of a cast iron casting purchased from Little Engines for their 0-6-0. A DRO would have helped in locating each center, but there was no such thing in 1971, that I knew of; had to just c...
by RONALD
Wed Dec 04, 2019 9:35 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: 1” scale rivets
Replies: 11
Views: 3086

Re: 1” scale rivets

by RONALD
Thu Nov 28, 2019 11:30 am
Forum: Lathes
Topic: Electronic Leadscrew
Replies: 2
Views: 2250

Electronic Leadscrew

Here is a post that was put on the new Harrison Group that migrated from the ye olde Yahoo site that will die in a few weeks. I ran it by Harold to see what he thought before I posted, and it is below. My Harrison VS330TR has almost every kinda thread imaginable on it already, I would not need such ...
by RONALD
Fri Nov 22, 2019 9:56 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: shipping engines
Replies: 14
Views: 4150

Re: shipping engines

Here is an example of how not to ship. This came from Steam Age USA. Luckily, it was all heavy steel and there was no damage, but it came within inches off falling off its skid. That is the way I picked it up, it was insured, but I do not believe there was any information pasted on that boiler. DSCN...
by RONALD
Wed Nov 20, 2019 9:03 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Do wheels have to be cast iron?
Replies: 15
Views: 4010

Re: Do wheels have to be cast iron?

When I did my wheel castings, in Lost Foam and from match plates, there were a few iron foundries still around. A steel foundry would have been out of the question for lots of technical reasons, tho I could have tried. Anyway as it turned out, I got those wheels poured for free because I had done th...
by RONALD
Sat Nov 16, 2019 12:13 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Don Angerhofer - A Wonderful Life!
Replies: 0
Views: 1993

Don Angerhofer - A Wonderful Life!

Here is an email I sent to many, it should be of interest to those of us that appreciate the life of such a man: I’m sorry to report the death of Don Angerhofer on 11 November 2019, at 90. Don was a founding (1948) member of the Illinois Tech Model Railroad Club; number one in seniority. Don was al...