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by Pontiacguy1
Tue Jun 22, 2021 1:56 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Safety valve location
Replies: 12
Views: 507

Re: Safety valve location

A lot of your early locomotive designs had the safety valves coming out of the steam dome either at the top or from the side, sort of like the whistle. Later, as locomotives got larger and overall height and clearance became issues, most locomotives had them directly on the boiler barrel in front of...
by Pontiacguy1
Mon Jun 21, 2021 1:19 pm
Forum: Riding Scale Railroading
Topic: Lubrication Question
Replies: 6
Views: 361

Re: Lubrication Question

I recommend 80w90 rear end gear oil. It will cling, it has anti-wear additives in it, it is easy to find at big-box stores, auto parts stores, etc... and is fairly cheap. It will run you about $7 per quart. It will pump through a regular hand-held oil pump pretty easily. I used to use 30 wt. oil, wh...
by Pontiacguy1
Mon Jun 07, 2021 7:56 am
Forum: Build Log
Topic: Converting a Baldwin 2-4-2 LYN to a Baldwin 2-4-4
Replies: 788
Views: 251630

Re: Converting a Baldwin 2-4-2 LYN to a Baldwin 2-4-4

Here's Charlie from Saturday:
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by Pontiacguy1
Mon Jun 07, 2021 7:42 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: West Virginia Coal down South
Replies: 34
Views: 2180

Re: West Virginia Coal down South

That's who Charlie was talking about. I've seen him use those, and it looked pretty neat, but not enough for me to want to go through the trouble of making them for myself. Now I've got enough coal to last me 10+ years, so I'm good for a while. Charlie also should have enough to last him about 10 ye...
by Pontiacguy1
Thu May 27, 2021 7:36 am
Forum: Build Log
Topic: Great Northern GE 44 ton Center Cab Electric restoration
Replies: 61
Views: 17831

Re: Great Northern GE 44 ton Center Cab Electric restoration

we've gone through a lot of machines of various brands. The ones that perform and outlast by far are the Millers. In this case, speaking of welders, Miller is no-doubt one of the very top brands with a reputation for durability. They are typically smooth and powerful. We used to have an OLD (read:A...
by Pontiacguy1
Thu May 20, 2021 11:54 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Little engines 1" line of engines
Replies: 47
Views: 20082

Re: Little engines 1" line of engines

It's very curious to me why with so many hundreds (if not thousands) of drawings, individually or in sets, sold for the LE 1" line are now so scarce? A lot of those sets were probably sold back in the 1950's, 60's, and 70's though. That was 50 to 70 years ago now. I'd wager that a whole lot of thos...
by Pontiacguy1
Tue May 18, 2021 1:34 pm
Forum: Riding Scale Railroading
Topic: A new track in Maine
Replies: 35
Views: 6188

Re: A new track in Maine

Ours have a scraper blade which rides on top of the rails, and which can be raised and lowered. You lower it before you start spreading any ballast. Yes, they can only spread in one direction, but that's not ever been an issue. Ours were originally Cannonball ballast hoppers, which were then modifie...
by Pontiacguy1
Mon May 17, 2021 10:48 am
Forum: Riding Scale Railroading
Topic: Willow Creek & Orchard Valley Railroad
Replies: 24
Views: 13991

Re: Willow Creek & Orchard Valley Railroad

Who was it, Charles Purinton maybe, who said instead of building an 1800 foot track, just build a 600 foot track and go around it 3 times... the locomotive won't know the difference. Very nicely done! Hope you have a lot of fun with it for a very long time.
by Pontiacguy1
Wed May 12, 2021 10:28 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Chloe cylinder bore question
Replies: 4
Views: 2065

Re: Chloe cylinder bore question

Absolutely go with the bigger bore. My chloe locomotive was built with the 1.25"x2.25" cylinders, a 6" steel boiler, solid steel frame, steel rods, steel front buffer beam, etc... in other words, it was made a lot heavier than the stock-built Chloe. This thing was a staller when it was first built. ...
by Pontiacguy1
Tue May 04, 2021 11:19 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: C.P. Huntington
Replies: 83
Views: 21256

Re: C.P. Huntington

That locomotive is better looking in-person than it is in the pictures! Absolutely gorgeous locomotive and superb craftsmanship.
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by Pontiacguy1
Mon May 03, 2021 7:49 am
Forum: Build Log
Topic: Converting a Baldwin 2-4-2 LYN to a Baldwin 2-4-4
Replies: 788
Views: 251630

Re: Converting a Baldwin 2-4-2 LYN to a Baldwin 2-4-4

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And here's one of Charlie on his 'slightly smaller' locomotive from Friday.
by Pontiacguy1
Thu Apr 22, 2021 7:28 am
Forum: Riding Scale Railroading
Topic: Cement ties
Replies: 57
Views: 11636

Re: Cement ties

What!!!! ? A plastic pipe for a railroad tie? At Mid-South we've used some 4" and 6" PVC pipe in places where we needed a small drain from one side of the track to the other. Would screw this directly to the track, using 2 or 3 of them in a 2' to 3' length of track. This was done to keep water from...