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by pat1027
Sat May 15, 2021 2:01 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Cucumber Coal
Replies: 14
Views: 1388

Re: Cucumber Coal

Anyone used penncoal? http://www.penncoal.com/blacksmith-live-steam.html I bought 20 bags in 2019. What I have burned so far is comparable to other the "Pocahontas" I've burned. It tends to clump up which is desirable for black smiths. I notice clumping less with larger pieces. The clump needs to b...
by pat1027
Sun May 02, 2021 9:25 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Cylinder Bore After 28 Years
Replies: 1
Views: 465

Cylinder Bore After 28 Years

Out of curiosity I took a cylinder head cover off to see what the bore looked like. The locomotive went on the road in 1992. I don't think anyone has looked inside since they were assembled. The cylinders were fabricated using centrifugal cast iron pipe for the cylinder bore. The piston rings are ov...
by pat1027
Sun May 02, 2021 8:46 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Trying to do a leak down test on my cylinders.
Replies: 44
Views: 2099

Re: Trying to do a leak down test on my cylinders.

In your first photo it looks like you have air on the right side only and the piston is pretty close to the end of travel. One side would be exhausted and depending on the lead in the valve gear the other port has not opened yet. It was running before though uneven which sounds like a valve timing p...
by pat1027
Wed Apr 07, 2021 2:07 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Pre-heating boiler water
Replies: 45
Views: 7896

Re: Pre-heating boiler water

At the end of the day there would be two reasons to heat the feed water. One because you want to. Two because you are on the edge of generating enough steam and a small increase in efficiency might help. Personally if you can generate enough steam I would not bother. Thermal shock is a mechanical fo...
by pat1027
Tue Apr 06, 2021 9:18 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Pandemic Progress?
Replies: 18
Views: 4706

Re: Pandemic Progress?

Marty_Knox wrote:
Mon Apr 05, 2021 5:54 pm
Last May we finished rebuilding a Winton Mogul,
I'm fond of the Winton moguls but the Green Goddess really looked sharp.
by pat1027
Mon Mar 22, 2021 6:01 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Tracks to the Trenchs World War 1 Commenmoration
Replies: 29
Views: 9312

Re: Tracks to the Trenchs World War 1 Commenmoration

Andy Clerici build a trench locomotive. The Golden Gate Live Steamers index shows articles in the Jan/Feb 1997 edition of Live Steam.

You might be interested in the book "Narrow Gauge to No Man's Land" by Richard Dunn ISBN-10 : 0961546727
by pat1027
Wed Mar 10, 2021 7:02 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Boiler Testing
Replies: 47
Views: 8983

Re: Boiler Testing

The commercial/industrial world is different from the model world. In the commercial/industrial realm my state requires a minimum safety factor of 4.5 for existing installations and 5 for new. A properly conducted hydro-test is not going to damage the boiler. The key there is properly conducted. Put...
by pat1027
Mon Mar 08, 2021 1:03 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: New line of SCALE wheels
Replies: 5
Views: 1971

Re: New line of SCALE wheels

Andypullen wrote:
Mon Mar 08, 2021 8:18 am
What is the 1/4 flange?
I'm guessing it's this. https://www.rmirailworks.com/RMI-25_Whe ... EZmJ2hKiUk
by pat1027
Tue Feb 16, 2021 10:18 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Hauling your locomotive
Replies: 41
Views: 7657

Re: Hauling your locomotive

Greg brings up a good point. I read a number of posts on different forums on trailer quality. I looked at trailer in stock at a dealer before ordering mine. I'd liked to have had more stingers that I got but for riding cars it's adequate. They were formed angles wide enough I could drill and bolt th...
by pat1027
Sun Feb 14, 2021 10:09 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Hauling your locomotive
Replies: 41
Views: 7657

Re: Hauling your locomotive

For the load height of the locomotive I would consider the height you will need to unload at. It's a headache to roll a locomotive across loading ramps that angle up and down very much. It's a lot easier to roll them straight in and out. As low a ride height as possible (practical) would be nice but...
by pat1027
Sun Feb 14, 2021 8:39 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Hauling your locomotive
Replies: 41
Views: 7657

Re: Hauling your locomotive

This forum has reported more than once about a stolen trailer with trains inside. That is what got me thinking seriously about security. If possible step one is to park the trailer so it isn't a quick back in grab and go. Then keep it locked up. The simple die cast tongue locks will stop the casual...
by pat1027
Sun Feb 14, 2021 8:04 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Hauling your locomotive
Replies: 41
Views: 7657

Re: Hauling your locomotive

...and radial tires. I noticed my boat trailer towed smoother with radials so I bought my trailer with radials. I carry a spare tire too. For prospective in size, this is my 6' x 14' trailer with three tracks installed. Hauling a locomotive you'd probably load that down the center. Depending on what...