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by mattmason
Tue Sep 23, 2008 11:58 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Hobby Steam Magazines for builders?
Replies: 28
Views: 5328

I'm Soooooooo Open to One!

If someone has an idea, I would LOVE to talk. Between editing, designing, writing reviews, and marketing the magazine, I have a lot of time into it already and don't have the spare time to write a construction series myself and do my day job...the one that pays the bills and keeps the wife happy. Bu...
by mattmason
Mon Sep 22, 2008 10:31 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: CAN THE LIVE STEAM CLUBS AFFORD IT?
Replies: 15
Views: 4099

Topic Getting Old.....

I'm sorry, but I must point out a few new things out that directly take on some of the points presented. "[If] not all can afford the larger equipment, so be it." A great way to make sure the hobby can be only for the rich and retired, which is a sure-fire way to keep the hobby going....right??? I m...
by mattmason
Sat Sep 20, 2008 2:13 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: The Future of 3/4" Scale - Questions
Replies: 107
Views: 16646

Scales and Choices

OK, I've seen my name come up twice now, so thought I would chime in. I do have a 1" scale home railway, and that was the start of The Home Railway Journal. (Side note for subscribers, the next issue it is at the printer now.) Many, if not most, home railways are 1" scale or smaller. But there is a ...
by mattmason
Tue Jul 08, 2008 8:45 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Blowdown valve suppliers
Replies: 20
Views: 3138

Blowdowns

Hey Mike, Bob's blowdowns at RR Warehouse are really nice. They are more work than they cost, and Bob does a good job lapping them for a good, solid joint. Another option is to simply use 1/4" ball valves. I have them on my clhoe and they work great. I am using them on my Coles 0-4-0 as well. They d...
by mattmason
Sat Jun 21, 2008 10:26 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Smaller Gauges
Replies: 6
Views: 1894

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: 9866

"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: 1023

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: 1435

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: 645

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: 3059

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: 7512

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: 18368

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....