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by Marty_Knox
Wed Jul 30, 2003 9:00 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Question for Marty Knox
Replies: 2
Views: 975

Re: Question for Marty Knox

1989 was the last year Ray worked at the Huck, but he still comes by a couple times a year. Next weekend (August 9-10) is our Railfan's Weekend, and I wouldn't be surprised if he came by.
by Marty_Knox
Tue Jul 29, 2003 9:54 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Boilers and Hobby Safety
Replies: 9
Views: 1419

Boilers and Hobby Safety

While I have some opinions on the topic of model boiler codes, and have posted them in that thread, I have some general comments on safety and the hobby that I want to make. First, a boiler doesn't need to blow up for someone to get hurt around a live steamer. The worst injury I have personally witn...
by Marty_Knox
Tue Jul 29, 2003 9:34 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: boiler codes for the USA
Replies: 85
Views: 9281

Re: boiler codes for the USA

This subject comes up regularly. In fact, it came up in "The North American Live Steamer" magazine back in the fifties. There will never be a national model boiler code. We, as hobbyists, could write a gudebook for construction of model boilers, but it will never be accepted nationwide. The ASME cod...
by Marty_Knox
Sun Jul 27, 2003 8:28 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: A question of scale
Replies: 13
Views: 1794

Re: A question of scale

You multiply the full size dimension by .125, or divide it by 8. A full size car that is 40 feet long is 5 feet long in 1 1/2" scale.
by Marty_Knox
Thu Jul 24, 2003 8:49 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Fuesable Plugs More info please
Replies: 54
Views: 5717

Re: Fuesable Plugs More info please

Fusible plugs are a good idea in any size boiler. Commercial ones are available from Ernst Flow Industries(www.ernstflow.com), but the smallest they make is 3/8" NPT, and that is a waterside plug. I am resposible for five boilers - four of them have fusibles, and the fifth will have them when we com...
by Marty_Knox
Sun Jul 13, 2003 10:52 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Boiler Construction book?
Replies: 22
Views: 3460

Re: Boiler Construction book?

I have written several articles for Live Steam Magazine and will write some more when I finish some of my current projects. Long range the goal is to combine these articles into a book, but don't hold your breath waiting for it. I wrote a letter to Live Steam back in the early 70's looking for the s...
by Marty_Knox
Fri Jul 11, 2003 8:31 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Gettysburg boiler explosion
Replies: 2
Views: 1139

Re: Gettysburg boiler explosion

Not only is it good reading, it should be required reading for ALL Live Steamers! There were a number of things that went wrong for them to drop the crownsheet like they did. While they filled out the monthly inspection report it is obvious they didn't do the required work, such as washing out the b...
by Marty_Knox
Sun Jun 22, 2003 8:24 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Going for the 3 1/2" Gauge Coventry Pacific!
Replies: 10
Views: 1356

Re: Going for the 3 1/2" Gauge Coventry Pacific!

Henry Coventry wrote a series of articles on the construction of this locomotive back in the 1930's. I don't recall if they were in the Modelmaker or Model Craftsman. When I get a chance I'll look them up.
by Marty_Knox
Sun Jun 22, 2003 8:21 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Steam turbo generetor
Replies: 11
Views: 2941

Re: Steam turbo generetor

Actually, the last I checked it was around $300. I put a Buy It Now price of $700 on it, but my reserve price is a couple hundred dollars less. I've had it over ten years and still don't have an engine to put it on. I am now building a 2 1/2" scale RGS 20 as part of Tom Artzberger's group.
by Marty_Knox
Tue Jun 10, 2003 10:13 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Tires
Replies: 5
Views: 1279

Re: Tires

It is really a straight-forward process. You machine the inside diameter of the tire slightly smaller than the outside diameter of the wheel center. The rule of thumb I follow is .001" per inch of diameter, plus.001". So, for a 4" wheel, an interference or shrink of .005". For an example, if the O.D...
by Marty_Knox
Wed Jun 04, 2003 9:37 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Don Young Lucky 7
Replies: 16
Views: 3997

Re: Don Young Lucky 7

How does it feel to go to work and have 464 nearby? Sometimes it's terrible, because I don't get to spend much time working on her. Lately I've been letting our Master Mechanic handle things one day a week, but I still can't seem to spend the full day to working on her. We just replaced the bottom h...
by Marty_Knox
Tue Jun 03, 2003 8:50 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Don Young Lucky 7
Replies: 16
Views: 3997

Re: Don Young Lucky 7

The Train Tree Plantation patterns went to Mercer Locomotive Works and I don't know what has happened to them. I don't think they went to Hickory Ridge. The CA Street patterns went to Power Model Supply and are probably gone. Jim Small still has his patterns and would be willing to make some more ca...