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by Rwilliams
Mon Oct 11, 2021 10:13 pm
Forum: Build Log
Topic: 3/4" Scale J1e
Replies: 711
Views: 289380

Re: 3/4" Scale J1e

At one time I was looking into a set of the Commonwealth tender truck castings and related leaf spring sets from Klamath. The father had recently passed and the son was way to anxious to get my money even though all the castings were not in stock. This caused me to elect to not send money for parts ...
by Rwilliams
Tue Aug 31, 2021 11:38 am
Forum: Riding Scale Railroading
Topic: Converting journal boxes
Replies: 5
Views: 2294

Re: Converting journal boxes

Some arch bar trucks were constructed with the top bar in a U shape or short leg channel. Same overall width as the other bars, but featured both sides on the top with ridges about 5/8 wide and 3/8 tall. Scaled down this is not much in 1.5 scale, but can add some interesting detail to a truck seldom...
by Rwilliams
Wed Aug 25, 2021 5:08 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Locomotive headlamp
Replies: 10
Views: 4016

Re: Locomotive headlamp

Appears to be one of the old Mercer headlight kits assembled with the handle in the upside down position. Usually the handle was installed in the down position on most headlights I have seen.
by Rwilliams
Sun Jul 18, 2021 10:39 am
Forum: Build Log
Topic: 1.5" SP A6 Atlantic
Replies: 14
Views: 10859

Re: 1.5" SP A6 Atlantic

Nice to see the rare detail of the house valves so seldom modeled in such detail. Nice little elbow on the top will finish up the appearance when that time arrives. The SP seemed to apply the house valves in many different methods and this design was one of the more elegant. Here is a rare close vie...
by Rwilliams
Mon May 03, 2021 4:03 pm
Forum: Build Log
Topic: Turning an Allen Ten wheeler into a Southern Pacific T1 class locomotive 2252
Replies: 39
Views: 22523

Re: Turning an Allen Ten wheeler into a Southern Pacific T1 class locomotive 2252

Long ago I used a Superscale stainless steel coupler pocket designed for the parts Barry was offering for the heavy USRA Mikado project. It was a bit on the modern side for my 1923 Mogul design, so I removed the more modern top and side support webs. A bit of milling and grinding soon had the pocket...
by Rwilliams
Wed Mar 31, 2021 1:32 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Making 6-32 threaded Rod
Replies: 17
Views: 7550

Re: Making 6/32 threaded Rod

One could always find the correct diameter metric round stock and change the thread from the more difficult to cut 6-32 to a 6-40 thread. The dies are easy to find and make your own nuts from some hex stock tapping them with a 6-40 tap. The 6-40 threads are easy to cut compared to the 6-32 variety. ...
by Rwilliams
Sat Mar 06, 2021 1:47 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: 3/4" Coventry D30 Loco - Exhaust Passages
Replies: 11
Views: 4769

Re: 3/4" Coventry D30 Loco - Exhaust Passages

Several years ago I was tasked with machine work on a new old stock Baldwin blast nozzle casting. Had been in storage in the steam warehouse from well before the end of steam in 1955. The nozzle casting kept the exhaust steam bores separate all the way up to the nozzle where it looked like a double ...
by Rwilliams
Sun Jan 03, 2021 12:45 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Firebox wrapper on a 1.5" scale 2-8-0
Replies: 12
Views: 7413

Re: Firebox wrapper on a 1.5" scale 2-8-0

Another fine job working copper to give proper detail to the firebox and backhead. Nothing like having a locomotive with such details, which are so often lacking. The extra effort is always worth the end result. Bigger question is did you fit the copper sheets to the boiler before the boiler was att...
by Rwilliams
Wed Dec 30, 2020 6:00 pm
Forum: Lathes
Topic: Bullard 42" Turnmaster VTL
Replies: 6
Views: 5651

Bullard 42" Turnmaster VTL

Recently I was tasked with a complete set of new rod bushings for a full size steam locomotive. Lots of heavy 660 bronze tubes and a Bullard 42 inch diameter chuck on the vertical turret lathe. Made about 1954, the monster machine tool has not seen that much use, but is showing some age after almost...
by Rwilliams
Sun Dec 27, 2020 9:24 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Pennsy E6 Boiler
Replies: 19
Views: 9036

Re: Pennsy E6 Boiler

Is that some hex stock being used to form the mud ring and give plenty of Vee groove for a suitable weld?
by Rwilliams
Fri Dec 18, 2020 11:59 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: I Hate It When That Happens!
Replies: 16
Views: 6935

Re: I Hate It When That Happens!

Much easier to do a complete inspection of the dry pipe this way.
by Rwilliams
Thu Dec 10, 2020 3:33 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Foaming boiler water
Replies: 25
Views: 9685

Re: Foaming boiler water

Avoid using too much oil on a hand pump or an axle pump.