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    • September 11, 2017 11:44 PM EDT
    • Back to this "build log" after a couple of months off........

      I received the mahogany wood door frames and doors for the cab a couple of weeks ago from our cabinet maker. Mortised miniature butt hinges and brass door knobs.

       

      Door frame and door placed in steel cab.

      The window glass has to be cleaned with alcohol as soon as these are installed permanently. The glass is .090 thick safety glass used for picture frames.

       

    • July 14, 2017 9:20 PM EDT
    • Greg Elmassian said:

      Good memory Gary.

      Indeed, I worked at the San Diego Division of HP. This division was still making analog strip chart recorders, instrumentation tape recorders and analog XY plotters.

      The division used to be called the Moseley division, and it was basically purchased from Frank L. Moseley.

      I don't remember if he made it to our yearly division meetings, Hewlett and Packard themselves used to visit each division every year for these meetings.

      He was quite a guy.

       

      Greg

       

      Greg,

      Small world.........I don't know about Frank.........I always called him Francis :). After I ordered the generator, he invited up to his home in Flintridge to pick it up. Gave me the tour of his shop. That shop was "to die for". I got to see the fixtures he used to build the generators......in fact at that time, he was working on building a 1" scale working steam generator. To this day, Francis Moseley is the ONLY one to have built and to market a successful miniature steam generator. The secret was in the making of the turbine blades and the bearings to withstand 50,000 plus RPM! BTW, he had a pretty nice 1" scale railroad going around his home and property.

       

    • July 14, 2017 8:41 PM EDT
    • Good memory Gary.

      Indeed, I worked at the San Diego Division of HP. This division was still making analog strip chart recorders, instrumentation tape recorders and analog XY plotters.

      The division used to be called the Moseley division, and it was basically purchased from Frank L. Moseley.

      I don't remember if he made it to our yearly division meetings, Hewlett and Packard themselves used to visit each division every year for these meetings.

      He was quite a guy.

       

      Greg

    • July 14, 2017 10:14 AM EDT
    • Sean McGillicuddy said:

      Gary

      If you were to fill the tender with water ..the rivets are enough or do you solder also?

       

      Sean,

      No the rivets are not enough to seal the tank. I sold this locomotive last January to a young corporate/private jet pilot. He has this engine now running on air. He keeps me "updated" on his progress. But to answer your question.......the top of that tank does lift off to do maintenance and work on the three water valves on the wings of the tank. He will be "fiberglassing" all sides and the bottom. It will essentially become a molded one-piece tank. Holds about 8 gallons of water. There will also be several "baffles installed inside to cut down on the movement of water in the tank. Every live steam engine in this scale (or larger) has baffles to cut down on the "sloshing" of water.

       

    • August 29, 2017 10:11 AM EDT
    • You know, we got here in the western part of the USA, thinking we would get away from our standard interruptions in life and there it was on I-84 in the Columbia River Gorge, "Rooster Rock State Park".  Just when I think I've gotten away, they drag me back in.

    • August 28, 2017 6:50 PM EDT
    • Eh, even a blind squirrel finds an acorn once in a while. Heck, on rare occasions, even I have been...well...not totally wrong.

    • August 28, 2017 2:06 PM EDT
    • Ric Golding said:

      Pete,

      As much as I hate to say it, Rooster is right. 

       

       

    • August 28, 2017 11:44 AM EDT
    • Wait a minute!   Rooster is right??????    How can that be?  Wow...who knew we would EVER see THAT phrase?  

    • August 28, 2017 11:30 AM EDT
    • Pete,

      As much as I hate to say it, Rooster is right.  (Yes, he can quote that) This is a journey, not a completed project or a project to be completed.  This is my retirement project.  To be worked on as time and energy allow.  To try ideas and stress over detail before the actual mistakes are made.  Currently, we are away from this individual project, but that doesn't mean it isn't on my mind. Saw some prototype trackage the other day, that was a wonderful interchange. So little time, so much to learn and forget.

    • August 27, 2017 8:34 PM EDT
    • Pete Lassen said:

      Interesting , the only pictures to see are the table, none of the actual build. I will let my imagination run wild.

      That's the name of the game Pete!

    • August 27, 2017 11:01 AM EDT
    • Interesting , the only pictures to see are the table, none of the actual build. I will let my imagination run wild.

    • July 26, 2017 10:27 AM EDT
    • All "progress" put on hold as we do some research development in unknown parts of the Country!

    • July 20, 2017 9:25 AM EDT
    • Greg Elmassian said:

      Ric, this may be sacrilege, but have you considered N scale to get more in the same space. It's extremely reliable now, and you can get sound units that are actually not bad at all.

      Basically you could model about twice the distance and 4 times the area.

       

      Greg

       

      Greg, a big part of this layout is to display my collections of the last 8 MRS Engines that I have in HO, plus a large amount of rolling stock I have accumulated over the last 40 years.  So the reason for HO.  Remember, I've been in "Large scale" since 1996 and except for occasional flashback, pretty devoted.  The new digs have allowed this to be brought out when it is toooo hot. 

      Lou - How hot is it?  74 was the low last night.  Suppose to be 98 degrees with matching humidity, today.  This is Fair Week in Clinton County, Illinois. Historically, so miserable the farmers only want to be outside at night.  This is the first time we've been her at this time of year in 15 years.  So the reason we attend the Invasion and stay up at the Finger Lakes Live Steamers.  Hope to be traveling again in a couple of weeks. 

    • July 18, 2017 12:46 PM EDT
    • Jeeze, I hit post and the post disappeared... dunno what happened...  I re-entered the post...

      Now I see it showed up over here... on a different thread...

      Killing it...

       

      Thanks John...

       

      Greg

    • July 18, 2017 11:54 AM EDT
    • Cleaned up to protect the innocent (edit).

      I kid as is my nature...

    • July 18, 2017 11:30 AM EDT
    • bad post... deleted

    • July 18, 2017 11:06 AM EDT
    • Ric, this may be sacrilege, but have you considered N scale to get more in the same space. It's extremely reliable now, and you can get sound units that are actually not bad at all.

      Basically you could model about twice the distance and 4 times the area.

       

      Greg

       

    • July 17, 2017 6:40 PM EDT
    • OK, I'll play second banana:

      "How hot is it?"

    • July 17, 2017 6:09 PM EDT
    • Its hot here!  I've got terrible withdrawal from missing the Invasion and the Operations at the Finger Lakes Live Steamers.  Roger C. has a Operation Scenario around Passenger Operations.  Great fun and I think they may have even had Ops on 1 Inch scale, today.  That's 4 3/4 inches between the rails.

      Hopefully, it will get reported on.

      As I hide from the heat in the middle of the day and through the evening, I've been working on the HO MRS switching layout.  I got the road bed for the mainline laid today.   Its a start.