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by Rob Gardner
Sun Jul 23, 2006 9:32 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: The Boiler is mounted
Replies: 11
Views: 3017

K-4 Insulation

Dave,

Does your boiler have insulation? If so, what is the material and what thickness did you use?

Beautiful work. Can't wait to see it under steam.

Rob Gardner
by Rob Gardner
Sun Apr 30, 2006 12:02 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: 301 Half Hard SS - Alternate leaf spring material?
Replies: 3
Views: 1431

301 Half Hard SS

Phill,

Have you seen this material used in this application before? Any reason to believe it wouldn't be a good application?

Rob Gardner
by Rob Gardner
Sun Apr 30, 2006 8:19 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: 301 Half Hard SS - Alternate leaf spring material?
Replies: 3
Views: 1431

301 Half Hard SS - Alternate leaf spring material?

Has anyone ever looked into the use of 301 Half Hard SS as leaf spring material for a steamer? Does anyone have access to the engineering characteristics of this material, in particular, the Young's Modulus?

Open to any input from those who might know!

Thanks in advance,

Rob Gardner
by Rob Gardner
Mon Apr 17, 2006 9:05 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: mass producing steam engines?
Replies: 38
Views: 6608

Doesn't Allen Models count?

Isn't Allen Models still around? Every engine of his design is a super runner and they can generally pull enough cars and passengers so a guy feels like his engine has some real umph! I know the Allen Mogul is about as common an engine as any LE design, but he's got to be about the most economical s...
by Rob Gardner
Sat Apr 08, 2006 10:03 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: 6 wheel tender trucks and frames
Replies: 9
Views: 4087

Tender Trucks

Ronald,

Beautiful Commonwealth tender trucks. What is the locomotive you're building for these trucks to be used with?

Thanks,

Rob Gardner
by Rob Gardner
Tue Mar 07, 2006 10:17 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: New Arrival
Replies: 14
Views: 2451

What da you do with all them mills?

Alright, already! A guy who's built 8 locos posts a picture of his new mill but hasn't posted any photos, that I'm aware of, of what he builds with them!

I'm sure you make more than chips in your shop, Bill. C'mon, you're just teasing us, aren't you.

Rob
by Rob Gardner
Tue Feb 21, 2006 10:04 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Buckeye update
Replies: 12
Views: 3420

Fewer and fewer excuses, Andy

Andy,

See, now there's one less excuse to keep you from starting an H-8! You started the patterns for the drivers already!

Rob
by Rob Gardner
Thu Feb 09, 2006 11:14 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Key Ways
Replies: 29
Views: 6405

Better uses for dyamite

Jim, I've had those thoughts before with the dynamite! Like "why did I decide to build such a large locomotive?" Will I ever get it done? So how far along are you? Do you have the main frames machined yet? Are those going to be castings or milled from plates? I admire anyone who can design and make ...
by Rob Gardner
Sun Feb 05, 2006 4:29 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Key Ways
Replies: 29
Views: 6405

Keyways, crankpins and proper lead

Jim, Dynamite progress there on your big SAR 4-8-4! Can't wait to see more photos! Let's see if I can remember how we did my drivers for my C&O 4-8-4. First, we decided to put the quartering in the axles so that all machining on the drivers would be the same. If I recall, folks on the other side of ...
by Rob Gardner
Sat Dec 03, 2005 11:35 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Fluting side rods
Replies: 40
Views: 6719

Fluting side rods

After taking a couple of structures classes in college and learning what the flanges and webs in a beam are and do, it made a lot sense why side rods are "fluted". Under load, a connecting rod is subjected to the same type of loading as a simple column and has to be able to resist what is called lat...
by Rob Gardner
Sat Dec 03, 2005 11:22 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Curious about a few live steam locomotives
Replies: 32
Views: 13080

Looking for a few live steam locomotives

Roger, Dick and all, Thanks for all of the information. Does anyone know about Frank Salinas and all of his locomotives. As I recall reading in Modeltec years ago, he was a GTW locomotive engineer who built numerous larger locomotives. Are any of them running today? He was from Michigan. Thanks in a...
by Rob Gardner
Sun Nov 20, 2005 2:03 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Working Stoker
Replies: 53
Views: 14424

Miniature Stokers

I just had the pleasure of meeting a retired Chessie/C&O engineer/machinist this week who is building a very accurate 1.5" scale model of a C&O K3 Mikado, including of all things, a stoker. I chose not to question its functionality as this gentleman has gone to great lengths over a 26 year period of...