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by Rwilliams
Wed Apr 05, 2006 9:51 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Rebuild in Progress
Replies: 14
Views: 3851

Rebuild in Progress

For quite some time I have been encouraged to share a few images of the work I am doing to rebuild a Railroad Supply USRA mikado. It was a stock to the print engine when I bought it acouple of years ago. I am giving it a makeover into an Southern Pacific MK-9 class mikado. The East Coast style of st...
by Rwilliams
Mon Apr 03, 2006 7:57 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: 6 wheel tender trucks and frames
Replies: 9
Views: 3831

The seldom cast Commonwealth tender truck frame pattern that Ed Yungling has is a work of art. The castings are even better. I believe he also has the journal box patterns to go with this truck.

I have attached an image of the pattern that has a special storage place to insure no damage.
by Rwilliams
Sun Apr 02, 2006 1:55 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: A Storage Tank for Air/Vacuum Brakes?
Replies: 14
Views: 3069

One might consider one of the small medical oxygen cylinder tanks that can be rejected for service simply by being out of inspection date. They are small, lightweight, and were made to hold upwards of 2200PSI. The facilities that test and recharge fire extinguishers also test and recertify the medic...
by Rwilliams
Sat Apr 01, 2006 5:23 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Sills for Shay Loco
Replies: 6
Views: 1494

I have to agree with Jack Bodenmann that beech is the clear choice in scale wood for the shay endsills. Beech is quite affordable, seems to work easier than the chip prone oak, and looks more like a scale oak than any other commercial hardwood. To retain the beautiful micro pores of the beech wood, ...
by Rwilliams
Thu Mar 30, 2006 7:19 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Smokebox Paint/ Introduction
Replies: 6
Views: 1283

Welcome to the group. The Little Engines 1.5 Pacific is good solid design to work with for the most part. It has been around for years so many of them exist. A standard problem is that as you have observed, the pilot truck frame is a bit short and almost every engine with the original pilot truck ax...
by Rwilliams
Sun Mar 26, 2006 12:37 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Spring Rigging
Replies: 8
Views: 1743

Here is a attachment that may help the equalization problem.
by Rwilliams
Sun Mar 26, 2006 12:25 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Spring Rigging
Replies: 8
Views: 1743

Spring rigging and equalization was always a problem in the days of steam as the parts were always in some state of wear. A locomotive might leave the shop with all the springs level but with wear, things did not last long. Adjustment was not accounted for in most cases and things just became worse ...
by Rwilliams
Sun Mar 12, 2006 12:43 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Smokebox paint.
Replies: 9
Views: 1640

David, In regards to a nice looking smoke box paint, I found a product at some of the wood stove stores that looks just like graphite. It is called "Stovebrite" and comes in several diferent colors. I used the graphite color with great results. Not all stores carried it but it has a proven record in...
by Rwilliams
Sun Mar 05, 2006 10:20 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Blower steam supply tubing diameter?
Replies: 10
Views: 1637

Bruce, After looking at the number of holes I drilled in the replacement blower ring, I do believe !/4" is the best choice. I made up a new blast nozzle with a built it blower ring rather than the single copper tube and worm screw hose clamp design. I also made a multiple port blast nozzle which may...
by Rwilliams
Sat Mar 04, 2006 6:36 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Blower steam supply tubing diameter?
Replies: 10
Views: 1637

Thanks for your input and bits of steam wisdom. I shall not mess with a situation that works and go backwards. The 1/4" diameter blower line shall remain as it was built and other options will be explored.

Thanks again!
by Rwilliams
Fri Mar 03, 2006 5:26 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Blower steam supply tubing diameter?
Replies: 10
Views: 1637

Blower steam supply tubing diameter?

I am in the process of rebuilding/replumbing a 1.5 RRSC mikado and am wondering if I could get by with a 3/16"' diameter copper tube to the blower ring. It came with a 1/4" diameter tube suppply line but space is at a premium and the smaller diameter tubing would help the logistics of the job. Anyon...
by Rwilliams
Thu Feb 16, 2006 7:35 pm
Forum: Welding
Topic: 300tsw or Dynasty 300DX
Replies: 6
Views: 2619

I learned on the older transformer machines and they did a credible job. I recently bought a Dynasty 200DX and quickly realized how much smoother the arc was with the inverter power source. It was like moving up to the major league in one move. Later on I spoke with a long time welder and he felt if...