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by mattmason
Mon Apr 06, 2009 5:36 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Concrete Crossties
Replies: 24
Views: 4227

Sorry to tease....

I do not have access to the magazine's computer right now, but I have a few pics on a concrete ties system we test installed at SVLS and was used at Ron Danley's place in Willows. The screws were cast in, and each casting incorporated three ties. Very heavy, but once set stay in place. I used the 1"...
by mattmason
Wed Apr 01, 2009 11:44 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Tunring wheels
Replies: 1
Views: 825

Arbor

I would think that would work. I would recommend making a press fitinstead of a thread, because as you loosen the bolt holding the wheel on, you could also loosen the arbor that is threaded in. It may not be exactly as you had it before when you re-screw in (technical term) the arbor. I have seen th...
by mattmason
Thu Mar 26, 2009 3:52 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: What do you folks suggest to use for steam chest gaskets?
Replies: 24
Views: 3292

Gaskets

I used red Loctite on my Chloe rebuild. Works with no problems at all since the temp is below 400. Also, it is VERY easy to remove when taking things apart. I had to do this on my steam dome (put it on sideways -- I never purport to being a genius) and the dried Loctite comes off very cleanly. Matt ...
by mattmason
Wed Mar 25, 2009 10:45 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Train Festival 2009 - Who Going?
Replies: 8
Views: 1443

Trainfest

I'm thinking about it as well (not for the magazine, but for pure fun). My wife's family is from MI (Niles, just north of South Bend) and it might be a good excuse for a "family vacation." I know 4449 has been in the works for a while, and at one point was shelved as not possible. It is so wonderful...
by mattmason
Mon Mar 23, 2009 12:56 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Rail
Replies: 7
Views: 1712

1" rail

I second the Real Trains' 1" rail. This rail was designed by the late Jack Sessums to represent 100 lb rail. it is 1/2" high so it won't take off your cylinder cocks if you derail. It also has enough strength to handle just about anything. I run my friend's 2.5" scale stuff on it and it easily held ...
by mattmason
Thu Mar 12, 2009 10:27 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Boiler Pressure
Replies: 65
Views: 8362

Boiler Pressure

I have never heard of an "agreement" (at last out west) on a 125 psi working limit. In fact, by California code, anything over 100 must be state tested as it is then no longer considered a hobby boiler.
by mattmason
Thu Mar 12, 2009 10:22 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Fabricating an injector
Replies: 48
Views: 14629

ME issues

Bob,

How long did that series run? I need to re-up my sub to Model Engineer and will back-order if possible.

Matt Mason
by mattmason
Tue Mar 10, 2009 10:25 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: 2.5", 3.5", and 4.75" Gauge Meet!!
Replies: 10
Views: 1805

Re: small scale meet

I know that some of the Live Steam G scalers were having trouble in luggage, but that was mainly because of the alcohol burners. I know some other people have taken their steamers in 3/4" scale in luggage. I have a little experience in flying locomotives. My 1" scale Maxitrak Congress is a battery p...
by mattmason
Sun Mar 08, 2009 10:41 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: 2.5", 3.5", and 4.75" Gauge Meet!!
Replies: 10
Views: 1805

2.5", 3.5", and 4.75" Gauge Meet!!

With all of this year's big attention on Train Mountain for the 7.5" gauge meet, those of us at Golden Gate Live Steamers (GGLS) decided to have a Small Scales Meet to compliment, not compete with TM. Come enjoy the fellowship of your fellow modelers and see what they have been up to. Learn new tech...
by mattmason
Tue Feb 24, 2009 12:00 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Track Spacing
Replies: 7
Views: 1643

Track Spacing

John, No firm answers, but I'll share some of my measurements on my track. I have a passing siding that is spaced at 27" (that's all the space I had) and works OK for 1" standard gauge trains, but still a little tight as none of us scale out :-) It can handle a 1.5" scale, 7.5" gauge (normally) tend...
by mattmason
Tue Feb 24, 2009 11:44 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Wooden passenger coaches
Replies: 72
Views: 15721

Thanks guys (and Berne)

Thanks so much for your kind words guys. The magazine is a labor of love and I truly enjoy getting to talk with so many people. But I can only take partial credit for the magazine -- as it is contributors that really make the magazine. Just look at the work that Berne and others do and then take a f...
by mattmason
Thu Feb 19, 2009 1:54 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Smooth Landing....
Replies: 5
Views: 953

Space saver.....

Bob,

Can you fit your pacific into that thing? It might make for easier storage in the shop........

Seriously, nice work. Nice to see people in many different scales and enjoying every aspect this hobby has to offer.

Matt Mason