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by Fender
Mon Jun 21, 2021 11:15 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Any of you folks familiar with this layout?
Replies: 32
Views: 1544

Re: Any of you folks familiar with this layout?

would love to get invited to tracks like this. Cbrew, consider yourself invited to Eagle Point RR. Lots of bridges and two tunnels. Steaming bays and rainwater for boilers. All fuels are welcome. Although we do have grades, the steepest ones (3%) are only on a branch off the mainline. We have recen...
by Fender
Wed Jun 16, 2021 7:06 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Journals to Engine Frame Clearance Measurement Questions
Replies: 4
Views: 253

Re: Journals to Engine Frame Clearance Measurement Questions

Do the pedestal openings in the frame have sharp corners? They should be rounded slightly. Also, what is the clearance between the flanges on the driving boxes and the flat side of the frames?
by Fender
Tue Jun 01, 2021 6:49 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: West Virginia Coal down South
Replies: 33
Views: 2037

Re: West Virginia Coal down South

As another data point, I went by Goins Gas and Produce in Bluefield, WV last week, and bought two 80-lb bags of coal for $10 each. Will see what the quality is like later.
by Fender
Tue May 25, 2021 12:48 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Prototypical looking hydrostatic lubricator?
Replies: 28
Views: 5345

Re: Prototypical looking hydrostatic lubricator?

Eccentric Engineer is taking requests for a future three-feed Bullseye lubricator project in 2.5” scale.
by Fender
Sat May 15, 2021 9:01 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Cucumber Coal
Replies: 14
Views: 4310

Re: Cucumber Coal

Wow, $65/bag including shipping. How much is it w/o shipping?
by Fender
Fri May 07, 2021 5:33 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Cucumber Coal
Replies: 14
Views: 4310

Re: Cucumber Coal

Dan did you get a copy of the analysis of the coal you bought? It is customary for the supplier to provide one when asked. What you want to look at are the BTUs, the % of volatiles, and the ash fusion temperature. Marty, I didn’t get (nor ask for) an analysis. I was just going with the recommendati...
by Fender
Thu May 06, 2021 10:16 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Cucumber Coal
Replies: 14
Views: 4310

Re: Cucumber Coal

Ken,
I bought some coal about six years ago from a dealer in South Boston, VA that was just about perfect. Low smoke, little ash, hot, no clinker. But, it had been dug out of a cellar, so was a finite supply. Still trying to find the “holy grail” of coal sources.
by Fender
Thu May 06, 2021 4:47 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Cucumber Coal
Replies: 14
Views: 4310

Re: Cucumber Coal

Steve,
It just didn’t burn well in my boiler. It acted more like anthracite than soft coal. Very little volatiles and the coal didn’t break apart in the fire.
by Fender
Wed May 05, 2021 1:41 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Cucumber Coal
Replies: 14
Views: 4310

Re: Cucumber Coal

Thanks. I can deal with ash, so long as it doesn’t clinker badly. The coal I bought, frankly, didn’t burn well at all.
by Fender
Mon May 03, 2021 8:54 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Southern Railways Ps-4 construction info
Replies: 28
Views: 9274

Re: Southern Railways Ps-4 construction info

Similarly, the Illinois Central “rebuilt” some 2-10-2 locomotives into 4-8-2s. They kept the tenders, trailing trucks and boilers, and replaced everything else!
by Fender
Sun May 02, 2021 7:53 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Cucumber Coal
Replies: 14
Views: 4310

Cucumber Coal

Has anyone bought coal from Bay Star Coal in Cucumber, WV lately? I had heard good things about their coal a few years ago, and bought several tons. Turned out that they had switched to a different mine, and the coal did not meet my expectations. What are they selling now?
by Fender
Fri Apr 30, 2021 10:15 pm
Forum: Build Log
Topic: Converting a Baldwin 2-4-2 LYN to a Baldwin 2-4-4
Replies: 788
Views: 250909

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

Charlie doesn’t seem to post many photos of himself with his engine, so here is one I took today. We are going up to Mid-South tomorrow for their Spring Meet.