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    • February 23, 2018 12:53 PM EST
    •    Wow...the fat man at 21:55 has a comfort animal with him; at least it isn't a peacock.

          https://www.usatoday.com/story/travel/2018/01/31/airlines-tighten-rules-comfort-animals-rather-than-wait-dot/1083895001/

       

    • February 23, 2018 2:31 AM EST
    • Very impressive setup! Thanks for sharing this Ric, really enjoyed the video. Some cool equipment too. I have never seen some of those before,like the little gas mechanical looking critter towards the end. Would love to have one like that!

      Tom, sounds like getting to the Bittercreek & Western out here on the central coast. It's out a ways from town almost to the end of a country road.

      Steve

    • February 21, 2018 2:23 PM EST
    • You'd have to know it is there to find it.  The sign is only up for meets and it's located way back off of a country road in the boonies a ways SE of Ocala.  I had it in my GPS and still drove right by the first time.  It claims to be Florida's largest 7.5" gauge railroad.

      It was quite a get-together and may entice this small scaler (in live steam terms) to consider a ride-on.  There were a couple of nice views in the video of the new Ga 1 track I was pleased to help build spearheaded by Fred Gandolfi.  I had the pleasure of the first run on it the week before the meet with my "dirty" Accucraft Shay.  Since I now live nearby I'll be joining and running there often until I can build a track at home.

      Fred took me for a ride behind his electric box cab and his live steam beam engine, lot's of fun and nice people. 

      You can visit their web page  www.bigbootsrr.com for lots more pictures from past meets.

    • February 21, 2018 8:38 AM EST
    • Man, I've been through Ocala a couple dozen times and never knew that one was there either. 

    • February 21, 2018 6:47 AM EST
    • This was filmed earlier this month on the "Big Boots and Western Railroad". near Ocala, Florida and I felt was a good example of what goes on in Florida, each February.  The crowd has now moved to the Ridge Live Steamers, near Dundee, Florida and will continue here through Monday and then on to other railroads for at least a couple of more weeks. 

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      Enjoy!

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      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JmbgbXE8fPo&feature=em-share_video_user

    • February 4, 2018 8:40 PM EST
    • I get most of my stuff from Jay at the Train department .  There is stuff for the industrial as well as maine narrow gauge lover both US and British.

    • February 4, 2018 7:50 PM EST
    • The Train Department is the best source for 7/8 wheels in the US and has some 7/8 rolling stock kits.  Ozark does have some good parts.  Lots of details and more kits are available from Simon Harris at www.modelearth.net in Britain.  You could have a look around the 7/8ths lounge www.7-8ths.info for more ideas and sources.  

    • February 4, 2018 6:17 PM EST
    • I'd like to build a short 7/8" scale train.

      Besides Ozark Minis, does anyone have any recommendations for parts, wheel sets , etc?

      Thanks!

    • January 27, 2018 1:34 PM EST
    • Ric, you haven't typed yet about how it's fired either. Solid fuel, wood or coal, or (gasp) propane. Neat lookin engine anyhow.

      Ben H.

    • January 26, 2018 6:59 AM EST
    • Doc Tom,

      I'll do my best.  Give me a few days.

    • January 25, 2018 8:14 PM EST
    • Ric, I am glad to get to see this neat looking critter. Very colorful and i like the brass and the wood wrapper around the boiler. Any videos of it "in steam?"

      Doc Tom

    • January 25, 2018 7:59 PM EST
    • Welcome to the left side of the "Crab".

       

       

      All this plumbing is somewhat simple, if you believe in "smoke and mirrors'

    • January 25, 2018 7:43 PM EST
    • So, I guess we could move to the left side of the "Crab" and all the plumbing that Ken is interested in.  However, let me type about one more piece of plumbing on the right side.

       

       

       

      See the roof of the cab over the name "Liberty", the brass knob on top is how it is how the 2 gallon water supply tank is filled with water.  It has a screen inside the fill and that presented a problem of not knowing how much water is left after the steam engine was running for awhile and with all mechanical pumps, that relied on steam and water to work, my only choice was to shut down.  During the learning curve, this was tough and a resolution was eventually created.  That is another story and relates to the 4th pump. to be discussed later.

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        So lets talk about the left side and the 3rd pump.

    • January 25, 2018 7:32 PM EST
    • Ken Brunt said:

      When it involves pipes and plumbing, I figured that's why God made plumbers. 

      True, but even I can figure out righty tighty, lefty lousy and Home Depot, Lowe's and Ace Hardware have pieces of brass.  plus steam quality pipe dope and teflon tape.  Now they always had it, but now its a lot more interesting.

       

    • January 25, 2018 8:45 AM EST
    • When it involves pipes and plumbing, I figured that's why God made plumbers. 

    • January 25, 2018 7:22 AM EST
    • Ken Brunt said:

      Interesting! 

      I guess now you have to join the Pipefitters union, Local 905...............

      (I did find the "Crab" file in your Freight Shed, but it said we weren't friends, so I couldn't access them.)

      I agree, but I hope the give me the apprentice discount.  I've had to learn, re-learn and develop new and old techniques in almost everything I do.  Things at Home Depot, Loew's and Ace Hardware, that I just ignored are now must have stuff.  Resolve one problem and create 2 more.  Lots learned and lots to learn.  Great fun!

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      Its all good!

    • January 25, 2018 7:15 AM EST
    • " Rooster " said:

      Rooster has reported Ric Golding to the moderator: Pump

      Has been used numerous times in his post !

      I not only used the word "pump" correctly in a sentence.  I also used the words "Ram Pump", "Steam Driven Pumps" and many other words.  Kinda like bugs in a chicken coup, lots of variety and something to just step on, or to Rooster its a delicacy. 

      Enjoy the ride! 

    • January 25, 2018 3:57 AM EST
    • Interesting! 

      I guess now you have to join the Pipefitters union, Local 905...............

      (I did find the "Crab" file in your Freight Shed, but it said we weren't friends, so I couldn't access them.)

    • January 24, 2018 9:07 PM EST
    • Rooster has reported Ric Golding to the moderator: Pump

      Has been used numerous times in his post !

    • January 24, 2018 8:16 PM EST
    • Okay the 2nd pump is the steam piston pump.  Its also on the right side of the "Crab"  It gets water from the water tank through the brass pipe coming out low on the water tank.  It is a single cylinder steam pump.  Steam comes through a gate valve, that controls the steam's flow from the back of the boiler and runs down the right side, shrouded or insulated in nylon line and represents what used to be wrapped in asbestos.  The little brass pot with the "T" screw on lid is how steam oil is injected in to the steam, before entering the pump.  The steam pump injects water past the front check valve and into the boiler against the steam pressure and also is half way up the wood clad boiler, but in front of the "Ram Pump" check valve.