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by Keith S
Sat Apr 20, 2019 8:12 pm
Forum: Projects
Topic: Dummy injector detail- latest "Billy" modification
Replies: 2
Views: 78

Re: Dummy injector detail- latest "Billy" modification

Thanks Tony! I think I will put one on each side, for two reasons: It will be simpler to do the plumbing; and also the locomotive will have this interesting detail on both sides.
by Keith S
Sat Apr 20, 2019 6:35 am
Forum: Projects
Topic: Dummy injector detail- latest "Billy" modification
Replies: 2
Views: 78

Dummy injector detail- latest "Billy" modification

OK well, I clearly haven't reached the point where enough is enough, although I ought to have, maybe. I have this Roundhouse "Billy" that I can't stop tinkering with. I built it about six years ago, it was conventional at first but it doesn't look like a "Billy" anymore. I can't decide what it looks...
by Keith S
Tue Apr 16, 2019 4:24 pm
Forum: Videos
Topic: CRACKER
Replies: 2
Views: 215

Re: CRACKER

The boat is my favourite part. There's historical precedent for this: the arctic exploration ships HMS Erbus and HMS Terror were made from old bomb-sloops. Each had auxiliary propulsion provided by a retired Stevensons Planet -class locomotive mounted athwartships in the hold with a propeller-shaft ...
by Keith S
Mon Apr 15, 2019 6:03 am
Forum: Projects
Topic: Another Wild Rose Project
Replies: 88
Views: 1600

Re: Another Wild Rose Project

Well, my Dad bought me a book with some simple projects in it -one is the "Jenny Wren" little stationary steam engine. Might be a good thing to start with, but it's difficult to know HOW to start. I don't know anything about these tools. Someday I will take the leap though.
by Keith S
Mon Apr 15, 2019 5:53 am
Forum: Railways & Layouts
Topic: TVT - Start of Steam Operation
Replies: 7
Views: 244

Re: TVT - Start of Steam Operation

I remember reading in an old book- what book it was is lost to my memory now, although I think it was part of an American "Time/Life" science series my stepdad had- that the thermal efficiency of the finest steam engines was something like 8%.. and diesels about 20%. Dunno why those numbers have stu...
by Keith S
Thu Apr 11, 2019 10:55 pm
Forum: General Garden Railways
Topic: 2019 16mm Show
Replies: 19
Views: 731

Re: 2019 16mm Show

That "coasting" feature really adds to realism! It makes the loco seem much smoother, as hough it's gliding along the way a real steamer does rather than grinding down the tracks the way a lot of electric powered models seem to.
by Keith S
Thu Apr 11, 2019 5:13 pm
Forum: Projects
Topic: Another Wild Rose Project
Replies: 88
Views: 1600

Re: Another Wild Rose Project

How I wish I lived nearby and could nip round for a visit to see this model being built. I've always wanted to build my own steam engine, but the lathe and mill work seems so daunting. I'm enjoying this thread. Sometimes when I see how easy this stuff is for guys like Tony Bird for instance, well it...
by Keith S
Thu Apr 11, 2019 5:07 pm
Forum: General Garden Railways
Topic: 2019 16mm Show
Replies: 19
Views: 731

Re: 2019 16mm Show

Where are those videos..!! I have only seen one that was sent to me by email from our area organiser and that is of the modular layout he has at our local shows. Try this one - https://youtu.be/qqapRNexydI - Laurie isn't a garden railway modeller so it's interesting to see what caught his eye. Apol...
by Keith S
Tue Apr 02, 2019 9:45 pm
Forum: Locomotives - Live Steam
Topic: Run time
Replies: 37
Views: 1814

Re: Run time

Since Roundhouse engines don't have a steam dome, the only place for steam to accumulate is along the top of the boiler where you've left some space. Without exception, I believe, all Roundhouse locos have a turret on to which the regulator is mounted. The turret performs the same task as a dome, i...
by Keith S
Tue Apr 02, 2019 9:41 pm
Forum: Mamods & MSS
Topic: Mamod Stirling
Replies: 18
Views: 2881

Re: Mamod Stirling

Well, I like it. Lots of opportunity for adding loads of details, and looks like decent-sized cylinders. It still somehow has the look of a "Mamod" engine about it, too.
by Keith S
Fri Mar 29, 2019 4:34 am
Forum: Projects
Topic: Another Wild Rose Project
Replies: 88
Views: 1600

Re: Another Wild Rose Project

It won't be a failure. One of my favourite adages is "Once begun, Half done".

It doesn't need to be perfect. No steam engine ever was -possibly with the exception of the Montreal Locomotive Works' Royal Hudson class- but I am sure you will make a running engine in the end.
by Keith S
Fri Mar 29, 2019 4:28 am
Forum: Locomotives - Live Steam
Topic: Run time
Replies: 37
Views: 1814

Re: Run time

Since Roundhouse engines don't have a steam dome, the only place for steam to accumulate is along the top of the boiler where you've left some space. So does that make my Mamod SL3 more sophisticated than the Bertie in that respect? Yes, it does, if by "sophisticated" you mean "like the big engines...
by Keith S
Wed Mar 27, 2019 4:48 pm
Forum: Projects
Topic: Another Wild Rose Project
Replies: 88
Views: 1600

Re: Another Wild Rose Project

I'm looking forward to seeing this. I have always wanted to get into making metal parts and building an engine. It will be great to see how you progress at this. The wheels look like a promising start. I would be pleased with myself if I made those.
by Keith S
Sun Mar 24, 2019 2:02 pm
Forum: Projects
Topic: Multiple small projects
Replies: 52
Views: 2243

Re: Multiple small projects

Thanks Rod. Building models is a pretty solitary pastime where I live. It's nice to have the ability to share it with others even if it"s just in the internet. I've finished the brake rigging on the guards van. It's hard to see because it's all black, but there's a Brandbright vacuum cylinder under ...
by Keith S
Mon Mar 18, 2019 3:30 pm
Forum: Locomotives - Live Steam
Topic: Run time
Replies: 37
Views: 1814

Re: Run time

The best part of a run is the middle bit. What happens is the gas tank slowly heats up, and as it does, provides a higher gas pressure to the burner. If you want to maintain a steady steam pressure you need to continuously turn down the gas for the first part of the run. Meanwhile, you've started wi...