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« Reply #120 on: Jun 7th, 2007, 7:52pm »
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hi ray,
 
this is the part of the hobby that i've never seen happen.  your straight forward technique makes me think that it might be possible for me to do (with a mentor's hand) in 5 or 6 more years.  i'd like to be able to cut and shape the pieces, then have it welded by someone with the experience of certified pressure vessels.  will wait and see where my journey takes me!
 
thanks and continue this invaluable lesson.
 
moose the caboose


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« Reply #121 on: Jun 8th, 2007, 12:19am »
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Nice work Ray!  Can't wait to watch as you fit all the peices then weld them together.

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« Reply #122 on: Jun 8th, 2007, 1:16am »
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Hello George, and Justin
  George, glad you are enjoying the  updates,and yes with help and advice from livesteamers that have done this ,  you will be able to fab your own boiler, that is one of the great things about this hobby, people from so many backgrounds are found here, and you can draw from this wealth of information. I  lookforward to reading your  updates  ,and some day they will include  that boiler.
 Justin,  thanks and great to hear from you. I too am looking forward to the next couple of steps.  The fab  work will be the fun part and seeing it come together  will be great.  
Ray III


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« Reply #123 on: Jun 9th, 2007, 4:06pm »
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Ray, its great to see that you're still around in the hobby.  I always liked your no-nonsense approach to getting things done.  If things work out for me I may be able to post up a series on building a copper boiler soon.

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« Reply #124 on: Jun 10th, 2007, 1:23pm »
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Justin that will be great,  I would  love to see a copper boiler  being assembled.  Ray III

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« Reply #125 on: Jun 10th, 2007, 1:47pm »
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Re (from Bruce a few pages back): Keep in mind that this young man runs very heavy coal trains for a liveing, raises horses on his thirty some acres of land, and is an accomplished bee keeper.Oh, he and his wife of twenty years, have raised two fine children too.
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Bruce, I had to laugh @ that... Ray & I are 40; not so much "young men" any longer.  I guess it just goes along with advancing age, some folks are always going to be 'young' to you.
 
I remember when I first met him when we were around 8 years old - the Melrose Park neighborhood in Fort Lauderdale, on Arizona Avenue.
 
He WAS the coolest kid around because he had his very own RR track around their house.  He was also in the local newspaper; they had done an article or maybe just a quick bit on him & the track... but of course the part that sealed the deal for cool-factor was they put a pic of him running a switcher & a few cars around the track (can't remember if it was a battery powered unit or the lawn mower engine; the mower was the "Fort Shelley & Southwestern" if I recall correctly).
 
Ray won't mention much about it, but his older of the two kids - Josh, is in his first year in the Navy on the Kitty Hawk (sailing out of Japan) & Brittany is doing some early college work before her senior year in high school.
 
It also looks like the possibilities of Ray being able to put in more time on his Live Steam devotion might be improving.
 
I sure wish we had a photo of that short wheelbase lawn mower powered buggy he had somehow gotten ahold of.  It was like a wheelstanding high-boy mower... if there ever was someone who was born with grease under their fingernails & metal shavings in their hair, it's got to be Ray.  He probably showers with Lava or Goop...
 
One of these days I'll find a few of my pics from the GCRR & scan a few in.
 
As for his devotion to railfanning in generral, we'll have to give a hearty nod to his Grandfather, Ray Sr.  The two things I remember most about him were trains & scouting... for most kids, it's cars & girls that get in the way of an Eagle Scout badge; for us it would probably have been trains, girls & cars (in that order).
 
Mark
 
PS: I forgot to mention... Ray has taken up the banjo in the last few years... but we won't hold that against him.  Austin Lounge Lizards: "There's no such thing as a banjo player in heaven... there's just some things even Jesus can't forgive."


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« Reply #126 on: Jun 10th, 2007, 1:54pm »
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thanks Mark

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« Reply #127 on: Jun 10th, 2007, 2:04pm »
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Well I took a day off from boiler building to attend the memorial meet held at Kenny Davis's track in Decatur IL, the second sat  each june. This was the 11th year  for me at this meet. It gets bigger each year, about  250 people attended the meet, most of those were there to ride trains.  There was no shortage of equipment either.  A total of 8 steamers fired up, the raritan, 2 moguls, a pennsy K-4, A wabash hudson, a reading 0-4-0 camel back , an american, and   a shay. Kenny's 2 engines , a wagner  hudson, and a wagner jubilee, stayed in the engine house, to leave  the  main open for visitors.   10 diesels were also pulling trains too. There is a pot luck lunch at 12, and everybody brings  something. I willpost some pics from the  meet , and  George I took a bunch of pics  of kennys IC side door caboose, for you to get ideas from. Ray III

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« Reply #128 on: Jun 10th, 2007, 2:08pm »
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unloading the raritan.   She was fired up for  7 hours

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« Reply #129 on: Jun 10th, 2007, 2:12pm »
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Ray, that is a Suh-WEET! electric engine lift... home built or available retail?  Necessity is the motherhood of invention, for sure.
 
Mark


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« Reply #130 on: Jun 10th, 2007, 2:13pm »
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filling the boiler.

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« Reply #131 on: Jun 10th, 2007, 2:16pm »
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fire on the grates

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« Reply #132 on: Jun 10th, 2007, 2:19pm »
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polishing the rails

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« Reply #133 on: Jun 10th, 2007, 2:24pm »
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Tom running Eric's  pennsy 10 wheeler, I think this  is a G-5. 3/4 inch scale.

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« Reply #134 on: Jun 10th, 2007, 2:30pm »
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This pic has a sister engine to Andrews  mogul coming into the passenger station, and  in the truck is a 12 inch gauge  mogul we built , they are hoping to run it in a few weeks.

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« Reply #135 on: Jun 10th, 2007, 2:33pm »
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Jim Adams running the sw-9

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« Reply #136 on: Jun 10th, 2007, 2:37pm »
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Jim entering the tunnel. Mark the lift is home made and works ery good

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« Reply #137 on: Jun 10th, 2007, 2:42pm »
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Jim heading across the creek.

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« Reply #138 on: Jun 10th, 2007, 2:46pm »
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George I hope to have one like this riding behind my mike some day. hint hint

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« Reply #139 on: Jun 10th, 2007, 2:50pm »
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