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« Reply #80 on: Sep 17th, 2009, 1:10pm »
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Track is in the process of being welded to tie plates.  Hate to wast ties on something for storage.  Our tools are out and in view for a change, Pipe wrench is used to square up the rail while welding, clamps keep gauge close and an old BN RR wire brush and chipper donated to us to clean the slag off the weld.  May have to do it over or add if my weld was bad.
 
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« Reply #81 on: Sep 17th, 2009, 1:13pm »
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tied into the bus frame and ready for first car.
 
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As our casting parts has improved, we went to the next step and made cores to do out journal boxes and pedistals.  Some shots of the results of the pedistal.  One still has the riser and vent gates on it.  The other is with them cut off and ready for machining.
 
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« Reply #83 on: Sep 17th, 2009, 1:23pm »
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A journal box with a pedistal.
 
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« Reply #84 on: Oct 2nd, 2009, 12:35pm »
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Truely objects of art.
 
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Greg, thanks.  Will look better machined.  Hope to get at that this winter.  Still need more parts to build 3 pair of passenger trucks.  Here is a shot of our water jet cut equalizers.  That is 1/2 inch steel plate they came from.
 
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« Reply #86 on: Oct 2nd, 2009, 5:35pm »
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What are you planning to use for a wear/bearing surface between the aluminum pedestals and the aluminum journal boxes?I have witnessed the result of aluminum vs aluminum and somewhat less than casual maintenance. Not to imply that the SR&CL gang does anything casually.....
 
Those are some serious equalizer bars.
 
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« Reply #87 on: Oct 2nd, 2009, 6:39pm »
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STP    On second thought I don't rightly know.  I am just the gopher in the shop.  I will ask.  On the size,  it is scaled from prints so should be close to what was used before on our other car.  Mel cut 1/4 inch plate and welded and ground them and didn't want to do that again.
 
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on Oct 2nd, 2009, 5:35pm, pockets wrote:       (Click here for original message)
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What are you planning to use for a wear/bearing surface between the aluminum pedestals and the aluminum journal boxes?I have witnessed the result of aluminum vs aluminum and somewhat less than casual maintenance. Greg B.

 
Greg,  I am a little slow at remembering [insert old people joke here] that the freight trucks have aluminum rubing aluminum on them.  There doesn't seem to cause any problems there.  I still will check with Mel for his take.  Interesting question to me.
 
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two more frames went in with the help of some big guys.  Up went some plastic to hold out the snow.That's all for now till spring.
 
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Another project that got worked on was the whistle for #7.  When Jim built it, it had no taper to  the valve in the whistle.  It was either on or off.  Needless to say it didn't stay on long and has been on a shelf for a few years.  Mel thought it was about time to make a plug and an adapter, to braze in, to fix the hole where the handle was.  I bought a whistle valve and now Jim's 3 chime is back on #7.
 
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   Thats one hell-of-a nice whistle !!!


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 Thats one hell-of-a nice whistle !!!

 
And IIRC, it sounds sweet also.  I am scheduled to pull the cord on Nov 3rd so can see if that is true.  Jack has scheduled an operating session and we hope to have all 3 engines under steam.
 
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The whistle sounded crappy.  We didn't test it on air before we put it on and when I tried it, It was more like a pop off valve than a whistle.  All day I was tootin nothin.
 
The next day we looked into it and saw that the lip on the bottom may have been to far down in the bowl.  Mel made a shim and when we tried it on air it would toot again instead of hissing.  Now to get some steam in her again and see if that was it.  If not, back to head scratching.
 
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Steam whistles can be the most cantankerous things. What may sound great on air will sound terrible on steam. Good luck with it. I know one of the greatest joys in this hobby is a great sounding whistle.

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« Reply #95 on: Nov 12th, 2009, 10:43pm »
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Tom,
Tell me about the bus frames... They appear to be about 8" channel, but not quite. Inquiring minds, etc....
 
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DUUH!! Just went back and re-read the earlier posts. What was that about inserting an old age joke?


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Jack wanted something to clean the top of the rail head after a lite snow.  He noticed how the broom worked just pushing around on the crossing planks so thought he would like to mount one to a car.  What better use for our shop truck flat than a broom in front.  Works as envisioned.
 
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Would you believe that the NYC subways use the same techique on the lead car of those trains that run on the elevated lines

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Pennsy,  Yes I would.
 
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Hello all,  Our foundry was busy last spring turning out parts and some jewlery to finish our box car.  They were finally machined and painted so they could be installed.  Here are some shots of what we made.  Door hanger brackets, Door stops, Door handle and latch, and not pictured here, Coupler cut levers.  Pics to follow of them on the car.  
 
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