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    • February 18, 2020 10:31 PM EST
    • How does one post additional pictures on a thread?

    • February 18, 2020 10:27 PM EST
    • I saw the servo mount on eBay and because it came complete with servos I realized I didn’t need to spend that much money when I already had every, just had to make it up. I decided to make a battery/receiver car out of a scientific tender I found at the dump. I actually found the whole train so it will make up a good consist for the Ruby, especially after some paint. Installed a switch, receiver, and square AA battery pack in the tender. Ran the two servo leads in shrink tubingthe same way that scientific ran the battery line feed to the plastic loco. So now my Ruby has a tender and RC control. The problem is I can’t seem to get it right. It’s running in reverse much better than forwards and I spent a considerable amount of time (hours) adjusting and timing it on air yet it won’t quite run right. It won’t move out on its own inmost cases and requires just a little nudge. I did read where that problem is often associated with the pisto O rings so I think I’m going to order some up and see if it helps.

    • February 18, 2020 1:54 PM EST
    • so I milled up a mount from some 3/8” aluminu,

      For anyone whithout a mill and skill (i.e. me) there's a guy on eBay who has been selling a servo mounting block for the Ruby for many years.


      lorna dane said:

      Really nice.  Got to figure how to do that withna mason

      Assuming you mean the Accucraft Mason Bogie (I just acquired a Rishon large bogie :-) be aware that the valve gear is quite complicated as it passes over the top of the boiler to the swivelling truck.

      Winn Erdman did a whole thread on MLS about the install, but the photos are messed up (standard MLS problem.) You could message Winn and ask for copies.

    • February 18, 2020 9:39 AM EST
    • Really nice.  Got to figure how to do that withna mason

    • February 17, 2020 10:34 PM EST
    • Now that I’ve finally got my Ruby up and running after 15 or so years, I realized that RC was probably the way to go with it. I found a servo mount and servos but with me being in the RC plane hobby for years, I already had a ton of small serv, receivers, and transmitters. All I needed was the mount so I milled up a mount from some 3/8” aluminu, mounte the servos, then mounted the whole thing with two 2/56 screws up through the rear wood end rail. Pulled the posi pin from the direction lever and installed some push rods after checking the geometry of the servo arms tothe throttle and DC arm. Took a spare 2.4 Chinese transmitter and pulled the centering spring off the elevator gimbal and put on a friction spring that drops into a detent groove I cut in the gimbal so the stick will stay in center or neutral when put there. Think im going to makeup a nice little tender for the battery and receiver to keep them away from the heat.

    • February 17, 2020 3:20 PM EST
    • Aaron Loyet said:

      some nice additions indeed! would love to see some more pics of the Columbia bashes, especially that mallet!

      Your wish is my command.  The articulated (not a Mallet - both cylinders are the same size,) has a pair of identical frames and it looks as if the boiler has been extended by judicious chopping from the original 2 locos.  Lots of fine details.




      I posted a separate thread on the other loco, which is on my bench waiting to be checked.

      The tenders are interesting. Both engines have the same type with tiny wheels.  They look like New Bright or something - note the shiny piping around the top on one of them. But as there are 3 locos sacrificed here, there is a spare tender, which is clearly an original B'mann Columbia 2-4-2 type.


    • February 17, 2020 10:34 AM EST
    • some nice additions indeed! would love to see some more pics of the Columbia bashes, especially that mallet!

    • February 16, 2020 5:05 PM EST
    • Not really live steamers, but my stable just got another couple of additions.



      Jack and I went to the local train show here in Fort Myers, and there was a gent selling his brother-in-law's circus train collection.  All Bachmann Emmett Kelly based, but restyled, improved, lots of scratch-built cars, etc.  He had 57 circus wagons and 24 flat cars (some carrying 3 or 4 wagons.)
      He also had a couple of very neat locomotives that didn't seem to belong with a circus, but he wasn't willing to split them.  But my pal bought the lot and I had promised to buy the 2 locos from him if he did. Well, he did.


      They appear to be Bachmann 2-4-2 Columbia based - one is a 2-4-4-2 articulated (which explains the spare tender.) The seller didn't think they ran, but we will see.

    • February 16, 2020 4:48 PM EST
    • Right there with ya, Dave....

    • February 16, 2020 4:39 PM EST
    • Pete;


      Those are some really nice additions to your stable of live steamers.  They have me salivating like one of Pavlov's dogs!


      Best, David Meashey

    • February 16, 2020 2:08 PM EST
    • It has been a busy winter and the Train Fund is now depleted.  First action came when I received Peter K's Aster Reno.



      This is 30-40 years old, and was the third locomotive Aster released.  It is quite similar to my JNR 8550 but much prettier.  The plan was to convert it to butane firing, but I've been unable to find an off-the-shelf gas tank.  In any case, it is so good looking I think I will keep it on the shelf, and polish the brass when I decide to sell it as there is no longer any room on the shelf.


      Then, from the same source, I acquired a Rishon Mason Bogie.  These were built about 20 years ago in Australia, and not many were built, or imported for that matter.  It has a wooden cab which fell apart at the seams in shipping.  [The Mason Bogies swivel at both ends, like a diesel with 2 trucks. Theoretically they can handle rough and twisty track, which is why I bought it. In practice, both the prototype and model had flexible joints to get the steam from boiler to truck, and they can be problematic.] It's a model of the "large" Mason, whereas the Accucraft model is of the "small" version.



      It has full r/c which I converted immediately from 75mhz to a modern DSM2 receiver (though the servos seemed to die when I powered it up.) It also has a 'water level detection system' instead of a water glass.  This blinked until I filled the boiler, but didn't stop blinking until after I started the fire. Hmmm..

      I did fire it up even though I had to burn my fingers turning the throttle manually.  It ran on rollers, forward was smooth but it's cranky in reverse.  Probably needs the timing adjusted, which I may not bother to do as I have no idea how.


      Finally, on Valentine's Day, a large package from Jason turned up - my Regner Heisler kit.



      Of course, the instructions are in German and the contents are all nicely wrapped. I'll try and take/post photos as the build progresses.



    • February 16, 2020 9:52 AM EST
    • My wife bought me a Ruby kit about 15 years ago for Christmas that I immediately assembled overnight, not going to bed until the next late morning. I only tried to run it once but didn’t try the compressed air until I decided to try and get it running yesterday. I used compressed air through the water fill in the tank. I found an easy way to make an adapter. I used the long stepped applicator tip that comes with a tube of Permatex silicone. I ran a pipe tap in the tube end to accept a male quick connector then cut the end off so the tip would screw into the boiler threads. Using a regulator, I ran about 20lbs of air and adjusted the valves and essentrics. Took many fine adjustments but I think I finally have it right. Last night I got a 16 minute run out of it on my garage floor.  

      Im finding the whole thing is a learning process. How much fire is needed, how much steam, getting the cylinders cleared of condensate without putting out the flame, etc. hopefully I’ll get it right. I’m learning.

    • January 24, 2020 1:15 PM EST
    • Oil residues, that may be left behind from this process

      As always, a little oil goes a long way.


    • January 24, 2020 7:38 AM EST
    • Be careful if you manually put any oil into the loco's steam pathways to lubricate them for air powered running, e.g. the cylinder bores, valve gear and superheter pipes, that has not been atomised in a flow of steam. Oil residues, that may be left behind from this process, from regular oil and steam oil of the wrong grade when subsequently subjected to superheated steam can carbonise and block or restrict those vital steam pathways and impair the loco's future performance.

    • January 23, 2020 6:41 PM EST
    • Yea, I would think some lubrication would be a good idea, but the normal steam, condensate, lubricator probably will not work on just air.

    • February 9, 2020 1:29 PM EST
    • Sorry, meant to mention the links are in the beginning of the thread, as John points out.

    • February 9, 2020 12:21 PM EST
    • Be sure to go over to, as that is where Sal (who is selling the items) "lives", what is here on LSC is just a copy that is updated every so often.

      Then you can check with Sal (the seller) directly on condition.



    • February 9, 2020 11:02 AM EST
    • Hi folks would anyone have a ruby for sale please