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by gwrdriver
Fri Jul 05, 2019 8:44 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Purpose of False Valve Seats
Replies: 8
Views: 1902

Re: Purpose of False Valve Seats

I've used valve face "inserts" (my terminology) on two locomotives. In the first instance it was to save castings with poorly placed steam passage cores. In the second instance it was to enable better design and easier machining of steam passages where there was no coring. In both instances the valv...
by gwrdriver
Tue Jun 25, 2019 6:48 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: graphite twine packing
Replies: 3
Views: 1822

Re: graphite twine packing

A good mechanical/plumbing supply, or maybe the local Big Box.
by gwrdriver
Thu Apr 25, 2019 8:36 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Question about a DLS ad
Replies: 16
Views: 5900

Re: Question about a DLS ad

To answer Harold's question of "How did either of them become a standard?", one needs to understand what things were back in say, 1880. There were commercial producers of designs and castings in 1880 and earlier, as well as lone hands beavering away in relative isolation with little or no communicat...
by gwrdriver
Wed Apr 24, 2019 8:17 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Question about a DLS ad
Replies: 16
Views: 5900

Re: Question about a DLS ad

That's a beautiful model. I know there is 5" gauge in Canada, Ottawa Valley LS, Alberta MES, BCSME, Frontenac, Montreal LS, Saskatoon MES, and Vancouver Island LS to name several. In England (and Australia) 5"ga supplanted 3.5"ga as the most popular gauge a couple of decades ago, so this loco would ...
by gwrdriver
Mon Apr 22, 2019 3:53 pm
Forum: Live Steam Marketplace
Topic: Wanted 1/4" brass angle 36" length
Replies: 10
Views: 2945

Re: Wanted 1/4" brass angle 36" length

There are a couple of old-line suppliers I miss . . Special Shapes is one, and Northeastern Scale Models (milled wood shapes.)

I'll be interested to hear if you get a response from K&S. My guess is their angle will be brake metal (bent) rather than milled.
by gwrdriver
Sun Apr 21, 2019 10:14 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Sourcing pig iron
Replies: 13
Views: 4883

Re: Sourcing pig iron

If this was a home foundry situation I could certainly understand, I'd be looking for rotors too, but one of the first things my first mentor (who spent his entire life in aero tool & die) told me was to avoid material of unknown origin and composition. It might be cheaper (or free) but it may not d...
by gwrdriver
Tue Apr 16, 2019 2:55 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Little Engines American Boiler
Replies: 28
Views: 8999

Re: Little Engines American Boiler

Thanks . . . I like that logo on your shirt.
by gwrdriver
Tue Apr 16, 2019 11:16 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Little Engines American Boiler
Replies: 28
Views: 8999

Re: Little Engines American Boiler

Interesting project, what grate area did you end up with?
by gwrdriver
Thu Mar 28, 2019 7:29 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Please plan ahead
Replies: 24
Views: 5258

Re: Please plan ahead

Well, they typically contract with the seller to conduct the sale, for a percentage of the take, (the way it used to be) and then impose the "Buyer's Premium" on the buyers . . . a double dip.
by gwrdriver
Thu Mar 28, 2019 4:20 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Please plan ahead
Replies: 24
Views: 5258

Re: Please plan ahead

Auctions now commonly impose a "Buyer's Premium" of 10%-15% (to the buyer) on the gavel price, thus taking a commission on both the buyer AND the seller. It might be 20% by now.
by gwrdriver
Wed Mar 27, 2019 8:37 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Please plan ahead
Replies: 24
Views: 5258

Re: Please plan ahead

A few years ago I helped the family (all daughters) dispose of my long-time friend and mentor's extensive workshop. What an ordeal that was, but the girls received far more than they ever dreamed it would be worth, considering they almost accepted an offer of $500 to essentially "Clear all that junk...
by gwrdriver
Fri Mar 22, 2019 4:34 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Jesse Livingston
Replies: 10
Views: 2543

Re: Jesse Livingston

Thanks for passing that along.
R.I.P. Jesse