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by mattmason
Sat Jun 21, 2008 10:26 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Smaller Gauges
Replies: 6
Views: 1591

I would second the NJLS visit. I was quite satisfied with my weekend visit there last year from California. (Yes, that state on the Paciic coast) I flew out for the weekend. And yes, my 1" electric flew with me in checked baggage. I did not have to pay anything to fly or for oversize baggage as I wa...
by mattmason
Tue Jun 17, 2008 9:24 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: 7 ¼ verses 7 ½ How did this happen?
Replies: 55
Views: 8830

"Could it be because of the attitude I ran into while I was in the service and stationed on Cape Cod? If it didn't happen on the cape or at least in Mass they wern't interested." Much like people who say other scales are worthless, not worth a club's time, and should be removed? Hmmmmmm........... T...
by mattmason
Tue May 13, 2008 12:59 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Home Railway Journal Back Online
Replies: 2
Views: 909

Home Railway Journal Back Online

The Home Railway Journal is back online after a short outage this weekend. I had a glitch in my Web provider, but thankfully all has been corrected. I know a few of you tried to access the Web over the past two days. Thanks to those of you who let me know by phone, as my e-mail was out as well. We a...
by mattmason
Tue Apr 08, 2008 9:25 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Hi from New Member
Replies: 5
Views: 1216

Welcome John

Good to see you here John. For those that haven't seen John's track in person or on the Web, it is a neat little run with some good short grades. John has done it all himself and has some pretty good ideas. (For those that subscribe, it is John's track leveler in the Fall issue.) He will be a good a...
by mattmason
Wed Mar 12, 2008 12:17 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Maricopa Gathering....who's going?
Replies: 0
Views: 611

Maricopa Gathering....who's going?

I just wanted to see who was going to Maricopa this weekend for thier big 40th anniversary meet? I guess it's obvious that I'm headed there. No steamer, as the Chole has to get a [boiler] wash. It's going to be major surgery -- I found out it has never had a wash in 30 years. I'm bringing it for sho...
by mattmason
Fri Feb 22, 2008 5:43 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Piston rings: Cast Iron, Orings or Graphited Yarn?
Replies: 16
Views: 2834

Teflon cups

HRJ's technical advisor John Bailie uses formed cups made from Teflon. Same properties of the Teflon rings, but with less drag as there is only a .050" surface that is rubbing in the cylinder. He makes two cups that face away from each other. Think of a laminated set of stainless disk-Teflon-disk-Te...
by mattmason
Mon Feb 04, 2008 2:36 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Locogear shay
Replies: 25
Views: 6860

Ken's Shays

I have used Ken's casting on non-shay projects and the castings are top-quality. I also have a full set of plans and they are great and easy to read. I also have the fortune opportunity to run many of his personal shays as well as shays built from his plans/castings, and they all run beautifully. I ...
by mattmason
Tue Jan 29, 2008 1:28 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Wooden passenger coaches
Replies: 72
Views: 15705

A Magazine Article

I agree with you Greg about getting him to write a magazine article, but I'm thinking more along the lines for The Home Railway Journal ;-). People have been asking me for about a passenger car article and this would be perfect. Not only for the trucks, but specifically the bodies and roofs as well....
by mattmason
Tue Jan 29, 2008 1:05 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: 1" scale rail
Replies: 7
Views: 1188

1" Scale Rail

I use the Real Trains/Riding Railkits stuff for the most part. They are both the same rail, but Riding Railkits sells it in the pre-fab track and Real Trains sells it as rail only. They use the same die because they both came from Jack Sessums' railroad, where I got my first rail before it was avail...
by mattmason
Sun Dec 02, 2007 11:56 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Locomotive Works
Replies: 15
Views: 4452

Good Luck!


Good luck to you. From those of us who prefer 1" scale (and smaller), we really hope you the best. It's a tough business, but good supplies and great service can take you far.

Matt Mason
The Home Railway Journal
by mattmason
Tue Nov 27, 2007 5:50 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Ball Bearings
Replies: 10
Views: 1932


I get mine at Big 5. That is a large sports store out here in Northern California, I'm not sure if they are national or not. They are just roller skate/roller blade ball bearings. The ID is about 3/8" and the OD is 5/8" (I think). They make the smoothest rolling wheel sets I have ever seen. Last tim...
by mattmason
Tue Oct 09, 2007 12:32 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: O.S. Engines Mogul
Replies: 12
Views: 3258

It is Bob Crone that is the dealer. This became effective with the LALS Spring Meet in May. I rode behind the mogul with the family on Saturday and walked up the mountain division tunnel with no problem. It was a fine running lokie. He is planning on being at the Sacramento meet in two weeks with it...