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« Reply #240 on: Sep 5th, 2007, 8:31pm »
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The firebox is done, well except for  the mud ring and fire door  ring material.  I was not bothered by the railroad, and was able to weld all day.  This next set of pics  shows the fire box comlpeted , with the girders on top, which take the place of  staybolts that would have gone from the crown to the boiler shell above.

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« Reply #241 on: Sep 5th, 2007, 8:52pm »
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firebox complete

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« Reply #242 on: Sep 5th, 2007, 8:55pm »
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this next pic shows a 12 inch rule next to the firebox

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« Reply #243 on: Sep 5th, 2007, 9:14pm »
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the girders are  1/2" thick x 2" tall x 14 3/4 long

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« Reply #244 on: Sep 5th, 2007, 9:24pm »
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top view of the firebox,  I could not believe this after adding it  up,  there is  566 inches of weld in this firebox.

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« Reply #245 on: Sep 5th, 2007, 9:26pm »
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another pic with  the 12" rule, vertical this time.

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« Reply #246 on: Sep 7th, 2007, 10:17am »
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   Man, that is looking pretty "husky". You just might need a crane to lift the damn thing. If you keep going like this, I'm fairly sure you'll be running the Mike at the Un-meet 08.
 
   Take care,  
 
   Bruce


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« Reply #247 on: Sep 7th, 2007, 11:48am »
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Bruce,
Better get your resident mason to build a brick steaming bay.....
 
Greg B.


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« Reply #248 on: Sep 7th, 2007, 2:03pm »
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I think we need to check the lift capacity of the transfer table!    
 
Not to mention that the tall trestle may not be so tall after Ray's first run. LOL


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« Reply #249 on: Sep 30th, 2007, 10:24pm »
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Hello everyone, The pace of the boiler construction has slowed a bit  lately, due to the  12 inch to the foot  railroad. Tonight I finally  finished grinding the firedoor ring material, and welded the four pieces together. Tomorrow I should have this ring welded to the firebox .

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« Reply #250 on: Sep 30th, 2007, 10:32pm »
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here is a pic of the firedoor ring material clamped and ready to be welded together. there are four pieces here. 3/4 inch bar stock , hot rolled. This  ring sits between the firebox and the backhead. Both sides of the bar stock were ground , to provide a  good taper for max weld  penetration.

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« Reply #251 on: Sep 30th, 2007, 10:35pm »
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this pic shows the first pass  on all four corners.

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« Reply #252 on: Sep 30th, 2007, 10:45pm »
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one more pic of the barstock.  I will weld / buildup  higher than the material, so I can grind it back down flush, for a nice fit on the backhead.

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« Reply #253 on: Sep 30th, 2007, 10:53pm »
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earlier this week I put thefirebox on the frame to check the fit  of all the plates.  I  put a few staybolts in to see how everything lined up.  also to check the fit of the mudring material , befor I welded it on.  all of the outside plates lined up pretty good.  after i get the mudring and firedoor ring welded to the  firebox , I will start welding the outside sheets to the boiler barrel. once that is done the firebox will get positioned  inbetween the outside sheets and  the mudring will be welded to the outside sheet.

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« Reply #254 on: Sep 30th, 2007, 10:59pm »
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this is a good pic of the water leg  inbetween the firebox and outside sheet.  You can see the  staybolts I have  just set in to check the alignment of the sheets. this is the part of the boiler most people do not get to see.

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« Reply #255 on: Sep 30th, 2007, 11:07pm »
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another view of the  firebox mock-up.

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« Reply #256 on: Sep 30th, 2007, 11:12pm »
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the backhead with a few staybolts  in .

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« Reply #257 on: Sep 30th, 2007, 11:18pm »
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looking through the smokebox.

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« Reply #258 on: Sep 30th, 2007, 11:34pm »
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While I was at the machine / fab shop near my home , buying the  material for the girders.  The owner of the shop told me he had just  purchased a  CNC plasma torch.  I asked him  what was the rate  for  cutting  material .  He  said that they were still  learning and  were looking for projects to  help figure out set up times and  job times.   He said it would be  a very  good rate  while they were learning.  The gears started turning in my head.  I planned on making  about a dozen 50 ton offset hoppers to go  behind the auxiliary tender, but certainly not now. The boiler is eating up what ever spare time I can find.  I decided to let him  build a hopper with the new torch.  He will cut out the sides, end and bottom.  he will also bend the sheets for me.  he is unable to do a compound bend so the side sheet will be 3 pieces, we will mig weld them back together and grind flush.  this pic was taken from  the book IC/ GM&O  color guide to frieght and pass equipment. By James Kinkaid.

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« Reply #259 on: Sep 30th, 2007, 11:44pm »
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As amazing as it might seem,  the terminal where I go on duty  , has one of these hoppers.  It is a 2 bay 50 ton offset hopper , from the late 30's.   Later on they  made  3 bay  70 ton hoppers .  This hopper was converted to a locomotive sand car and was fitted with a roof to keep the sand dry, but all the rest of it is  original. I climbed all over this thing  one day before work to get  measurements .  They no longer service engines at  my terminal and the frog for the track this hopper is on has been removed , so it will be there until it gets cut up. What a lucky break to  have this car for  details.  So I scaled  it down and drew it out on a poster board actually  2 taped together  and took it to the fab shop.  

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