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by mattmason
Sun May 31, 2009 11:21 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: A nice break from working on the locomotive.....
Replies: 10
Views: 1497

Roaring Camp

One cannot know the grades this railroad uses (8+ percent going backwards on the switchback) unless you ride it. This is an amazing railroad with some really historic locomotives. The sound is almost deafening if you are in the first car. Matt Mason Editor The Home Railway Journal www.homerailwayjou...
by mattmason
Thu May 21, 2009 6:27 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: LALS Spring Meet
Replies: 45
Views: 8253

Kromer Caps

Love the Kromer cap! (That's the polka dotted hat.) Kromer caps were not welders caps, but engineers hats made by a wife in the midwest for her engineer husband. I will have my blue one with white polka dots or my banana leaf hat on. Just got bad news last night when looking over my 1.5" Steeple cab...
by mattmason
Wed May 20, 2009 8:41 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: LALS Spring Meet
Replies: 45
Views: 8253

LALS Spring Meet

I will be there with my kids and wife. Camping out in the grass. I'll have my 1" Congress, 1" Riding Railkits Switcher, and (if the wheels get put back on in time) my 1.5" Balwin Westinghouse steeple cab electric. I just found out that the wheels were Loctitied on with 606 Green, and one broke off t...
by mattmason
Wed May 06, 2009 3:46 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Train Mountain
Replies: 8
Views: 1781

Home Railway Journal Will be There

Yes, I will be there Monday through Saturday. Don't know when exactly I will be in the booth. I am going to enjoy some of the time with the family and my birthday while I am there.

Matt Mason
Editor
The Home Railway Journal
www.homerailwayjournal.com
by mattmason
Mon Apr 06, 2009 5:36 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Concrete Crossties
Replies: 24
Views: 4712

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: 877

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: 3513

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: 1556

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: 1863

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: 9043

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: 16613

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: 1998

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...