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    • March 29, 2017 8:45 AM EDT
    • It would look really good on your custom Sammie Forney Shawn.  Go for it!  If we lived closer I would have you weather my Sammie once I get the lift links installed.  He needs to be dirty looking now.  My blackening solution doesnt want to do much on the side rods.  Need to get some of that Nano oil that blackens them.  Shiny rods look nice, but ruin the effect on a logging engine, which lost the clean look the day they were delivered!  I should have my second headlight to go up on the cab roof in the next day or so.  Mike 

    • March 29, 2017 7:15 AM EDT
    • That looks great.  I thought about doing the same for mine but never got to it.  

    • March 28, 2017 8:37 PM EDT
    • Pretty darn cool!!!


      Nice work !!

    • March 28, 2017 8:23 PM EDT
    • It does and I have the lift links and rock shaft. But I used the normal brackets for that shaft that came in the kit to mount the expansion link pivot shaft as the frame isnt tall enough on this model.  I am waiting on a second pair of these brackets so I can mount the lift link rock shaft.  I will get that step done in due time.   Thanks...Mike

    • March 28, 2017 8:06 PM EDT
    • Well done Mike.  Really cool adaption.  If you got that far I'm sure you can come up with a bracket and link to lift the radius arm.  Looks like the radius arm has a hole in it for just that purpose.   Keep up the good work. 

    • March 27, 2017 9:23 PM EDT
    • Nice ! 

    • March 27, 2017 3:59 PM EDT
    • Here is a picture of Sammie back together for now, forward only direction till I get some more brackets and sort out how to control the valve gear, maybe some kind of push/pull rod in the cab instead of the typical lever that Roundhouse uses. The roof is fixed in place on these models, so controls are set to be handled thru the windows, leaving little to no room for the normal Roundhouse manual valve gear control. I will be at the Urbana IL train show steaming on Jim Sanders portable layout, and Sammie will be there. Mike


    • March 26, 2017 11:31 PM EDT
    • With my used Roundhouse Sammie I got thier Walschaerts valve gear set.  The previous owner was looking at ways to install it on the model but never tackled it as it looked like either a new frame or extension brackets were needed.  Going by the measurments in the supplied instructions, the shaft that supports the expansion link would side right on top of the frame rail on Sammie, right behind the driver spring detail on the top frame rail.  I used the supplied "penguin" bracket as Roundhouse calls them, to support just the expansion link.  I angled the bracket rearward and drilled the upper frame rail.  Then bolted tight with a small cap screw and nut.  I then used the twin nuts on the other end to clamp to the frame.  I believe I can mount a second set of "penguin" brackets to hold the rock shaft for the lift links to shift the valve gear.  Need to see if Jay can get me 2 more from Roundhouse, otherwise I will have to fabricate a pair.  I then reset the valve timing to suit the new motion and tested on air.  After a successful test on air, I used a cut off wheel in my dremel to remove a section of the slip eccentric rod on the back side of the rear driver from underneith.  This allowed me to slide the old eccentric rods out from behind the rear drivers.  Before Sammie is run much on steam, I will put the chassis in my degreasing parts tank and flush all the debris and grit from the rear drivers.   For now the valve gear seems to stay in forward gear ok, so I will probably run that way at the steam up in Urbana, IL next Saturday.  Mike


    • March 28, 2017 5:53 AM EDT


    • March 26, 2017 7:36 AM EDT
    • Great intro.  Im glad I got to make it for the day.  Only had a chance to run my Shay.  So much to do. 

    • March 25, 2017 4:31 PM EDT
    • That is pretty cool.  Recognize at least one of the trains in that video.



    • March 25, 2017 6:02 AM EDT


    • March 27, 2017 8:23 AM EDT
    • Here is a short video covering live steam at the event


      ECLSTS 2017


      Photo coverage includes a few different layouts as well as live steam:


      ECLSTS Photos

    • March 23, 2017 10:13 PM EDT
    • Congrats Mike,

           Sammie is a great choice!

    • March 23, 2017 9:37 PM EDT
    • Good idea Mike.  There is a steam up in 2 weeks that I hope to make it to, held at a mall in Urbana IL on April 1st.  I would have Sammie and my other engines there and you welcome to steam Sammie up to learn while you wait for yours.  There will be many other engines there as well to see run.  I will know for certain on if I will be there early next week, once my friend see's if he has the $$ for gas to get us there.  Mike

    • March 23, 2017 9:28 PM EDT
    • Thanks Mike, I was originally going to get the sight glass and goodall, but decided to hold back until I made another purchase for other accessories to dress it up, it also keeps me under budget without it at this time.


      I don't even want to think about the "D" word (derailment) for now. My Layout sits 2 ft above the ground which is covered by patio blocks. Over the next 4 weeks, weather permitting, I have to raise the shed side of my layout 4.5 inches to re-level it, as it has sunk over the last 2 years, and I want to install a guardrail of some sort, on the edges of the layout, to prevent an accident.

    • March 23, 2017 8:48 PM EDT
    •  I will get a pic with the body/cab removed(its one piece).  Only additions inside the cab are the pressure gauge, water sight glass and water top up valve(goodall valve).  Outside he has the crosshead with slide bar and combination lever(really makes even the stock valve gear look better!), along with the clip on cylinder covers over the bare brass cylinders.  I also used gun blue to blacken the unfinished steel drivers.  Some paint them, but paint is prone to chipping in a derailment.  Blackening isn't going to do that. Yours will have dome over the safety valve when you get it.  Mine was missing long before the gentlemen I got it from bought it(I think I am the 3rd owner).  To remove the body, there is a single screw and nut at the rear, you have to remove the rear wood beam to get to the nut and you have to remove the gas jet holder from the burner to get the body off without bending things, just an FYI.    Mike



    • March 23, 2017 8:20 PM EDT
    • Mike, if it wouldn't be too much trouble, can you take a pic of the cab side of the Sammie, and post it here, so I can see all the added accessories mounted. Jason said about a month.

    • March 23, 2017 7:36 PM EDT
    • Excellent choice Mike!  You will really like the Roundhouse quality, even in the basic series.  Just make sure you flush the slip ecentrics and regrease very often if you run outdoors on a ground level line.  We shall see how I fair on adapting Roundhouses Walschaerts valve gear to the engine here soon   Here is a pic to help feed your mind for what simple mods you can do to Sammie.  Added are smoke box hand rails, headlight from Accucraft, Bell from Accucraft.  I plan to get more stanchions so I can put hand rails down the saddle tank and another one of those headlights for the cab roof for running in reverse.  Then its off to Trackside details for some logging junk to hang on her.  Decals for my loggging line are on thier way to decorate the saddle tank.  I also have a replacement dome for covering the safety valve and new wood end beams coming from Roundhouse.  The homemade ones do not fit well.  How long did Jay say the wait would be for your Sammie?     Cheers  Mike


    • March 23, 2017 3:53 PM EDT
    • Any time, bud.  You have to adjust your thinking to what constitutes a good reputation in the world of live steam models.


      In a word, it's reliability.


      Roundhouse began making reliable models that anybody could operate well over thirty years ago, set the scene, set the standards, and have never wavered an iota from those goals.  I know of a Roundhouse loco well over thirty years old, converted from alcohol to gas, that runs EVERY weekend. And I mean EVERY weekend, sunshine or rain.  It's used to show noobs just how easy it is to run a Roundhouse loco, with total success.



      Member of The Royal Automobile Club and former redhead.