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by RONALD
Fri Mar 15, 2019 10:17 am
Forum: The Junk Drawer
Topic: Mark Gregor
Replies: 2
Views: 2832

Mark Gregor

My brother recently came across the equipment being sold from the railroad of Mark Gregor of Henery, Illinois, that is the first I had heard of his death. I had corresponded by email with Mark for several years, and he would send me jpegs of his Central Illinois RR. I never got to visit, or talk, he...
by RONALD
Thu Feb 21, 2019 5:36 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: cutting steel tubing
Replies: 5
Views: 1711

Re: cutting steel tubing

I have a Milwaukee Metal Cutting saw that worked rather well when I was cutting up a lot of parts for the two American Bridge Company 1913 Turntables in 1.6" scale I constructed. That saw has a special chamber to collect HOT chunks of metal as they come off the saw; it's NOT sawdust! I also have a 1...
by RONALD
Sat Feb 16, 2019 9:59 am
Forum: Milling Machines
Topic: Show us your milling machine!
Replies: 300
Views: 147107

Re: Show us your milling machine!

I probably posted this years ago, but here again is the last mill I acquired, I paid $500 for it. Took it apart for cleaning and repair, and the fact it weighed too much for me to handle as one unit. I may have paid $500 for it, but that new DRO cost me over 2 Grand; can't take it with me! The secon...
by RONALD
Fri Feb 15, 2019 9:05 am
Forum: The Junk Drawer
Topic: steamin10 (Big Dave)
Replies: 47
Views: 15248

Re: steamin10 (Big Dave)

Here is the Obit for our "Big Dave":

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by RONALD
Thu Feb 14, 2019 10:21 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Favorite train movie
Replies: 24
Views: 7743

Re: Favorite train movie

by RONALD
Tue Feb 12, 2019 11:41 am
Forum: The Junk Drawer
Topic: Is there a Civil Engineer in the house?
Replies: 20
Views: 6448

Re: Is there a Civil Engineer in the house?

Here are a lot more details: https://www.google.com/search?source=hp&ei=0_ViXK2SEaaMjwSu66voAg&q=lake+shore+drive+beam&oq=Lake+Shore+&gs_l=psy-ab.1.1.0i131j0i3j0j0i3j0j0i10l5.3741.11912..15280...0.0..0.342.1790.1j8j1j1......0....1..gws-wiz.....0.ym1XViN48Ns Because I drive a pickup truck,(supposedly...
by RONALD
Tue Feb 12, 2019 11:24 am
Forum: The Junk Drawer
Topic: Is there a Civil Engineer in the house?
Replies: 20
Views: 6448

Is there a Civil Engineer in the house?

Yesterday a busy bridge approach over the Chicago River, on Lake Shore Drive, started to shear apart in two girders. Traffic is stopped in all the northbound lanes, until they can build a temporary structure to support it directly under the two shear cracks of the two girders. My problem, is why was...
by RONALD
Fri Feb 08, 2019 12:48 pm
Forum: Casting & Foundry Work
Topic: CAREERS IN METALCASTING
Replies: 1
Views: 3405

CAREERS IN METALCASTING

The AFS just produced a new video called CAREERS IN METALCASTING. Here is their web page. Tho many of us are retired, or years into other careers, there may be a few youngsters here who will find this enlightening. Or, maybe you will wish you had had such a career? https://www.afsinc.org/careers-met...
by RONALD
Wed Feb 06, 2019 12:01 pm
Forum: Casting & Foundry Work
Topic: RONALD
Replies: 1
Views: 2707

Re: RONALD

When I l recently lit off my new MacPro, my email was in an imap account, my olde 2002 MacG4 was ipop. Anyway that difference caused my mail to fill up the space I was allotted, 300mg, so they started rejecting email. I have now corrected it by manually deleting all the stuff that accumulated. Don't...
by RONALD
Thu Dec 13, 2018 9:36 am
Forum: Casting & Foundry Work
Topic: The slow evoltuion of a long term plan
Replies: 16
Views: 8896

Re: The slow evoltuion of a long term plan

The feeling one gets when pouring hot liquid metals is akin to the same feelings one gets when a big truck filled with five yards of concrete arrive; it’s NOW or NEVER! I have done a lot of both, not as an employee, but a "Do It Yourselfer". I started pouring metals in the 70’s while teaching physic...
by RONALD
Fri Nov 23, 2018 10:16 am
Forum: Casting & Foundry Work
Topic: How to gate and runner a car frame?
Replies: 12
Views: 8957

Re: How to gate and runner a car frame?

I tried some proffessional graphite coating on my styrofoam patterns, also tried other coatings, yes they helped a little. As far as gating is concerned, I prefer top gating. In the first photo below the pattern is shown with top gating in place, and a graphite coating. In the second photo is a pour...
by RONALD
Sat Oct 20, 2018 8:17 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Precision machinist
Replies: 17
Views: 5215

Re: Precision machinist

In the early 1960's IMTS stood for International Machine Tool Show and it was held at the International Amphitheater right in the Chicago Stock Yards. The smell of hay, and other assorted aromas was ever present; Lathes & Mills were located where pigs, sheep, and cattle, had stood a few weeks before...