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BobbyT
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« Reply #780 on: Jan 9th, 2009, 7:36am »
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Ray,  
Not only is that the stoutest built boiler I have ever seen it is by far the prettiest! The level of attention to detail you have done makes me really look forward to the finished locomotive. Well done!  
 
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« Reply #781 on: Jan 11th, 2009, 1:11am »
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Thankyou Bruce and  thankyou Bobby.    Yes Bruce with a little luck  we will see the mike and a caboose together at unmeet 09 ,with all of our friends for a time to remember.     This has been fun explaining my way through the boiler build.     Today I took the boiler to Dawson IL, for the hydro.  it was great to see  all of my friends again.  They get together every sat to work on there projects together.   I was there most saturdays back when I lived closer to them.  Now it is just over 3 hours one way to see them.  So my visits are not as often .  We did the hydro as soon as we arrived, before the sun went down, and the temp dropped.   With the boiler at  400# ,we decided to hydro it in the bed of my truck.  the temp was 29 degrees with a wind  of 10-15mph.   Certainly not ideal conditions to hydro a boiler.    All pipe plugs received a wrap of teflon tape , the 300 psi gauge was attached ,as was the water line, and hand pump.   after the boiler was filled and all air removed, the city water pressure brought the boiler up to 50 psi.   Then Ed P. manning the pump brought the pressure up to 300 psi.   Then Kenny D. inspected the boiler , and did not find any leaks , after 20 mins.   The water that spilled in the bed of my truck, while bleeding the boiler of air was already frozen by the time we finished the hydro.   These pics will show what I just described.   Ray III

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« Reply #782 on: Jan 11th, 2009, 1:33am »
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1st pic , boiler in the bed of my truck getting ready for the hydro.

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« Reply #783 on: Jan 11th, 2009, 1:35am »
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this pic shows Kenny D. in his proper attire for a Jan 10th hydro.

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« Reply #784 on: Jan 11th, 2009, 1:36am »
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yours truly just before the hydro.

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« Reply #785 on: Jan 11th, 2009, 1:37am »
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almost 50 psi  on the gauge from city water pressure.

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« Reply #786 on: Jan 11th, 2009, 1:39am »
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ready to start pumping, notice the puddle behind the pump handle in the parking lot is frozen.  LOL

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« Reply #787 on: Jan 11th, 2009, 1:42am »
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Ed P. on the pump.   Ed is their in house welder , and builder of many boilers and locomotives, including the boiler for the 12" gauge engine.

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« Reply #788 on: Jan 11th, 2009, 1:46am »
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last pic shows 300 psi on the gauge.  After 20 mins and not finding any leaks , we relieved the pressure and drained the water .  Then we  did not waste any time getting inside to warm up.  Ray III

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« Reply #789 on: Jan 11th, 2009, 7:32am »
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Ray,
 
Congratulations!
 
I am looking forward to seeing it mounted on the rolling chassis!
 
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« Reply #790 on: Jan 11th, 2009, 7:55am »
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   Ray, my dear old friend, I cannot say "WELL DONE" with enough enthusiasm to match this accomplishment.
 
   Bruce


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« Reply #791 on: Jan 11th, 2009, 9:15am »
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Way to go, awsome, terrific....They all seem insufficient to describe this moment. Congratulations, Ray.
 
What's the minimum radius you can wrap that monster around? The clam Lake starts trackwork in the Spring!
 
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« Reply #792 on: Jan 11th, 2009, 1:54pm »
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Ray,
 
The closeup pics of the welds on this boiler are BEAUTIFULL!  They show amazingly beautifull welds done by a very skilled craftsman.  I've rarely seen work as nice as this and don't expect to see better, except perhaps by you.
Congratulations on a successful hydro.
I see in several pics that you had proper four legged supervision!
I look foerward to seeing the finished Loco.
 
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« Reply #793 on: Jan 11th, 2009, 3:20pm »
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Ray, after watching this boiler being built and the way you built it, I had no doubts about it passing the hydro! Congrats!

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« Reply #794 on: Jan 11th, 2009, 3:52pm »
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Henry, thank you.   It was such a relief to have the hydro over with.   Now it's on to the smokebox and mounting brackets for the boiler.     Bruce  , thank you , a project like this is so much more fun when you can share it with friends,  and also get their input .  Like leaving the barrel material in place under the steam dome, instead of cutting it out ,  to act as a baffle,  the extra drain holes in the steam dome,  the washout plug under the front of the barrel,  and helpful hints on rolling the tubes on the firebox end were all from my friends.    Greg  thank you,  according to railroad supply, the mike can handle a 40' radius.   Jerry H. thank you   , the supervisor you referred to is an 11 year old 102# black lab, named trooper.   Bobby thank you ,  I plan on starting the smokebox tomorrow.      Ed P. and Tim J. also helped me turn the smokebox front down to the proper diameter, and remove 1/16th  from the backside for a nice clean fit against the smokebox, while in Dawson yesterday.  My 10" lathe was too small.   They have a 14" lathe , right tool for the right job.    Thanks again to everyone for the kind words, and help along the way.      Ray III

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« Reply #795 on: Jan 11th, 2009, 6:54pm »
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hi all,
 
ray:  kind words just don't describe our elation for you.  there simply aren't enough adjectives to describe your work.  what a spectacular job!  now, when can you start on one for the mt gretna #10.....
 
 
 
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« Reply #796 on: Jan 21st, 2009, 9:56pm »
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Thank you George,  when the mt. gretna #10 is ready for a boiler  let me know.    With the boiler now finished , work has shifted to the smokebox and grates.    All that remains to be done on the smokebox, is install the 120 drive screws to simulate the rivets, drill 4 holes to mount the stack, and 4 holes , drill and tap on front for the smokebox front.   The grates were finished today, as were the grate supports .   The next few pics will show the latest progress.  

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« Reply #797 on: Jan 21st, 2009, 10:21pm »
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smokebox with 20 bolts.  More than was needed ,  was done for looks.

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« Reply #798 on: Jan 21st, 2009, 10:32pm »
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side view, with steam supply lines in place and holes layed out for the supply lines.

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« Reply #799 on: Jan 21st, 2009, 10:37pm »
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pic shows the smokebox with exhaust nozzle and steam supply lines in place.

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