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by pat1027
Tue May 01, 2018 12:20 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Steel cylinders and piston rings?
Replies: 16
Views: 3241

Re: Steel cylinders and piston rings?

Grey iron rounds and heavy wall tubes are readily available. I have a Pacific that went on the road in 1992 with fabricated cylinders. The cylinders are made from a heavy wall grey iron round. The valve chambers have a bronze liner. Both the piston and valve spools are sealed with iron piston rings ...
by pat1027
Fri Apr 13, 2018 2:52 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Anyone else like to juggle between machines?
Replies: 22
Views: 3340

Re: Anyone else like to juggle between machines?

Juggling between machines I do it on occasion but not often. It was attractive at first but what I found was if I put too much emphasis on running two machine, I one didn’t pay enough attention to what I was doing on one of them. Once in a while the situation lends itself to running two machine but ...
by pat1027
Wed Apr 11, 2018 10:09 am
Forum: Riding Scale Railroading
Topic: "Trip Track" signals
Replies: 5
Views: 4153

Re: "Trip Track" signals

In the case of Herder's signal the balance of the track was run elephant style, everyone running the same directions keeping an eye out for the train in front of them. This carries into the practice of running two or three sections through the signaled block. It's a practice I've seen on pretty much...
by pat1027
Tue Apr 10, 2018 10:19 am
Forum: Riding Scale Railroading
Topic: "Trip Track" signals
Replies: 5
Views: 4153

Re: "Trip Track" signals

The only trip track I've run across was years ago at Harry Herder's. There was a tunnel with a short curve immediately ahead of the entrance. Harry installed a switch to detect trains entering the tunnel and trains exiting. The idea being the signal would display stop when a train entered and clear ...
by pat1027
Tue Apr 03, 2018 10:10 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Clishay fireing
Replies: 5
Views: 1336

Re: Clishay fireing

I put a lot of miles on a Clishay with the water tube design in the early 80's. It tended to soot up halfway through the day. Our routine was to take a break at lunch time and drop the fire. Have a sandwich and then run a bottle brush up and down the tubes. We'd be good for the afternoon. With the s...
by pat1027
Tue Mar 20, 2018 7:11 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Wheels to axles — which Loctite?
Replies: 74
Views: 12138

Re: Wheels to axles — which Loctite?

RC35 wheels, counter shaft and crank shaft on a Clishay back in the late 70's. 609 lately (one of the listed replacements for RC35).
by pat1027
Mon Jan 15, 2018 8:39 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Boiler stays and heat expansion
Replies: 17
Views: 3513

Re: Boiler stays and heat expansion

The difference in expansion between the firebox and the wrapper is small. Most model boiler failures are due to corrosion.
by pat1027
Tue Jan 02, 2018 1:26 pm
Forum: Riding Scale Railroading
Topic: Car stability paper
Replies: 25
Views: 7835

Re: Car stability paper

There is a piece on the IBLS website though it doesn't sound like it's what your looking for. http://ibls.org/mediawiki/index.php?title=Stability_Of_7_1/2_Inch_Gauge_Ride-On_Trains What straddle cars do vs a gondola is better control where the rider sits. If you look at Gary's two pictures the passe...
by pat1027
Thu Dec 21, 2017 7:57 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Clishay Lathe size
Replies: 24
Views: 3755

Re: Clishay Lathe size

I have a Clishay my dad built largely built on an Atlas 6" lathe with a milling attachment. This combination was slow and part way through the build he bought Ames Triplex mill (cool little machine). But the valves and cylinder were made on the 6" lathe and milling attachment. The Clishay was intend...
by pat1027
Tue Dec 12, 2017 7:25 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: New record in South Africa
Replies: 18
Views: 3177

Re: New record in South Africa

I've run 10 MPH to make a scale 80. It takes good track. ...but I never did it barefoot.
by pat1027
Fri Dec 01, 2017 9:56 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: How to Dry out a boiler for winter storage?
Replies: 26
Views: 6136

Re: How to Dry out a boiler for winter storage?

Drying is fairly easy. Blow down while the boiler is hot and open it to dry out. Until a few years ago locomotive had been stored in an out building during the summer and indoors in the winter. Now it's indoors years round. The original boiler failed after 12 years of service with a very localized c...
by pat1027
Tue Nov 21, 2017 4:50 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: How to Dry out a boiler for winter storage?
Replies: 26
Views: 6136

Re: How to Dry out a boiler for winter storage?

Ken Coats had a locomotive on a coffee table with air piped to it so he could watch it slowly roll over.