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    • May 23, 2017 8:01 PM EDT
    • Thats what I would do, just get another link pocket and use link and pins between the two.  Mike

    • May 23, 2017 7:50 PM EDT
    • I was just looking at a video of the Bertie that Chris Byrd had put up, where he had tipped it on its side, and I can see how the stock buffer was attached. The link pocket on the Sammie is mounted differently with a single bolt through the wooden buffer beam. I wanted to use a coal tender that I made from an HLW mini gon. Maybe I'll just get another link pocket to mount to the tender. I was aiming to keep the tender closer to the loco.

       

    • May 22, 2017 11:48 PM EDT
    • Bertie has metal UK style buffer beams instead of the wood ones on Sammie. So on that style, you just unscrew the UK style center buffer and replace with LGB loops.  Which is what both ends of my Bertie has now since I run all LGB rolling stock. On Sammie  I modified Bman plastic Knuckle couplers to mount in the link and pin slots.  I can change heights to match various rolling stock.  My Sammie is off to a new home soon, going to concentrate on just UK/Euro look on my new railway.  The smaller field railway cars from LGB and 2 axle Euro cars look better on my micro raised railway.  Will be using the funds from the sale of Sammie to get every single upgrade for Bertie, along with Regner "Stainz style" lanterns from The Train Dept.  Also going to do the Walschaert's valve gear mod to her.   A Bertie can be better outfitted than a RH Billy that is much more expensive.  Billy cannot have a water glass.    Mike

    • May 22, 2017 11:33 PM EDT
    • Haven't had any run time since the weekend of the 12-14th, between the rain and working. 5 day weekend coming up though, and no on-call, so it'll get plenty of run time between working on the car barn and putting out some of the completed buildings the wife has been working on.

       

      I can say though, that it definitely runs better with more cars in tow. Mike, how did you mount the hook and loop coupler to your Bertie? I'm running modified metal Bachmann Talgo couplers attached to the link and pin mount on my Sammie for now.

    • May 22, 2017 6:58 PM EDT
    • Hows the learning processing coming along Mike?   Have you gotten in some run time in the last week or so?   

    • May 15, 2017 11:00 PM EDT
    • Thanks Mike

    • May 15, 2017 6:42 PM EDT
    • Mike there are steam ups at the Railroad Days held at the museum in Monticello IL on Sept 16/17th.  Ernie Noa will have his portable layout set up there to run live steam on.  Anybody is welcome to come run small scale live steam.  If you ever get down toward the Kokomo, IN area and have time, give me a shout, we can run our steamers on my little raised railway.  Mike

    • May 14, 2017 12:54 PM EDT
    • Thanks

    • May 14, 2017 11:51 AM EDT
    • I normally do the same as Tom, but if letting the engine sit for a week or more, after a run, I will open the lubricator drain and use the cap off a milk jug as a catch cap and leave the lubricator to drain overnight.  I also picked up an old school squeeze trigger oil bottle with the long filler tube that I can fill with steam oil, reaches thru the window/door of the basic series to fill the lubricator without making any messes!   Mike

    • May 14, 2017 7:55 AM EDT
    • Similar answer on MLS   ;-)

       

           You only need to remove the water then add fresh oil to just below the hole where the steam enters the lubricator.  I usually do it as part of my pre-run servicing of the locomotive.

    • May 14, 2017 12:05 AM EDT
    • Similar thread on MLS.

       

      At the end of a run, when the engine is cooling down, I open the drain on the bottom of the lubricator, sometimes water comes out, sometimes a water/oil mix. Am I supposed to completely drain the lubricator after every run, or only if I'm putting it away for the evening?

       

      I also noticed if I drain it while cooling, it's usually an oil/water mix, and the next time I run it, before I add steam oil, I'll open it again and water comes out first, then the oil, (water heavier than oil). I have just been letting out the water, not the oil.

    • May 5, 2017 10:27 AM EDT
    • Mike Wlez said:

      I checked out the headlamps from Trackside Details and from Accucraft, and it appears the Accucraft ones come assembled, anyone know for sure?, I would hope so, considering the prices compared to TD. Liking the Shay and the Forney styles, also appears to be the only ones they have in stock.

       

      Yes Accucraft come assembled.  That was one thing I did not like about trackside details.  

       

    • May 3, 2017 11:31 PM EDT
    • I checked out the headlamps from Trackside Details and from Accucraft, and it appears the Accucraft ones come assembled, anyone know for sure?, I would hope so, considering the prices compared to TD. Liking the Shay and the Forney styles, also appears to be the only ones they have in stock.

    • May 3, 2017 11:21 PM EDT
    • Last Friday, 4/28, was the last time, before a weekend and a day of rain. The Old Man upstairs must've decided that since he didn't give me any snowy precipitation when I wanted it, he'd ruin my Spring weekend. So after dinner yesterday and today, the wife's been bugging me to run Sammie, I think she likes it as much as I do.

    • May 2, 2017 4:52 PM EDT
    • Rob MW said:

      Thats why I put the graph at the end of the vid.

      The slope is 1:8 (1m rise for 8m along) at its steepest point behind the Jade succulent (Portulacaria afra) to half way up the hill, then it levels out a bit before hitting the level at the top.

      1 in 8, that's a 12.5% grade. That's brutal!

    • May 2, 2017 8:02 AM EDT
    • Thanks Mike.
      I have a vid on my YouTube channel where I have fitted an RCS-RC to the lumber jack. The RCS Rx is tiny and sits beside the boiler. The 3x AAA's sit on the other side.
      Have fun! :-)

    • May 2, 2017 5:18 AM EDT
    • Hi Bob

      A lovely line that you have there. I particularly like the wooden buildings and cribbing that you have dotted around, a nice backwoods feel to it.

      The Lumberjack is working well conquering your incline.

      I have just acquired a used Lumberjack and I will be RC-ing it to give it the control that it needs, especially for the downhill stretch.

    • May 1, 2017 9:22 PM EDT
    • Thats why I put the graph at the end of the vid.

      The slope is 1:8 (1m rise for 8m along) at its steepest point behind the Jade succulent (Portulacaria afra) to half way up the hill, then it levels out a bit before hitting the level at the top.

    • May 1, 2017 8:50 PM EDT
    • Nice....11.5% grade?