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    • November 24, 2019 9:41 PM EST
    • Succeeded at drilling and tapping holes.  Needed to get my welding done when friend was available.  Realized I would have been better to tap the holes and mount the mounts before welding them to the boiler.  However, I got it complete.  I was apprehensive about drilling and taping in solid bar of the end piece of the frame, but it worked.  Moving on to next part of project.  

    • November 24, 2019 1:25 PM EST
    • I'm not a machinist either, but have had a lot of success taping both plastics and steel.  So long as you make sure you have the correct size drill bit, a good sharp tap, a quality handle and lots of cutting oil, things work out nicely. Its extremely satisfying the first time you threa a bolt into a hole you tapped yourself

       

    • November 24, 2019 10:34 AM EST
    • 24 November, 2019 in Carlyle, Illinois

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      This past week's project was to grind the old ears/boiler mounts off of the Tram boiler.  This was done with a thin wheel grinding disc and cutting through the old welds.  Care had to be considered to not grind into the boiler plate, but only remove and smooth the area of the old welded on ears.  New ears/mounts were constructed out of 5 inch "C" channel, cut in to 2 -1.5 inch pieces and then cut those in half and drill for the 4 deck mounts.  Each one had to be cleaned up (no sharp edges) and a slight 45 degree bevel put on the back of each side and top to create a smooth welding surface.

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      Good friend, Jason, came over to inspect my progress/work and weld the ears/mounts on to the boiler.  Remember, I'm not a welder or machinist, so all of this is a challenge and learning experience for me.  

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      Next step is to drill and tap the holes in the deck of the frame to secure the boiler.

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      Thanks for looking, as I document my progress/ redo's and mistakes.

           

       

       

       

    • November 24, 2019 10:16 AM EST
    • Hey Jon,

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      Thanks for the question and interest.

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      The "Cli-Shay" sits in storage at the Finger Lakes Live Steamers for the Winter.  It 7.25 inches between the rails.  This one is 7.5 inches.  As I've progressed through these "semesters" of knowledge, I've obtained a number of projects and parts.  I'm thinking and working to consolidate parts to create engines that will serve my needs and improve my knowledge and skills.

       

    • November 22, 2019 1:33 PM EST
    • Ric Golding said:

      19 November, 2019 - Carlyle, Illinois

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      I'm starting a new thread on the merging of the "Tram" boiler and single cylinder marine engine with a "Conner Beam" frame, I've had for a number of years.  This resolves my wheel spacing and suspension concerns.

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      Once again I try to post a picture.

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      http://largescalecentral.com/filesharing/file/view/14476/19111901tram-jpg 

       

      So does this mean you have abandoned the original Cli-Shay project to utilize the boiler from it - or is this a whole new endeavor?

    • November 21, 2019 1:56 PM EST
    • Ric Golding said:

      Who knows, maybe I'll remember how to post pictures again as I document this.  Stay tuned, if you wish.

       

      Photo inserting

      1. Start by uploading your photos to a server. You have storage space in the Freight Shed on this web site.
      2. After they are uploaded, click on the file you want to open.
      3. Once it is opened, RIGHT click on the picture and select copy image location. DO NOT use the url in the address bar of your browser.
      4. Next click on the insert photo button in your post and paste the image location in the source line.
      5. Look at the dimensions. You will see them if you click on the first box (height). Make it 800 then click on the second box and it will automatically be correctly scaled.
      6. Then hit OK and your photo will be in your post.

       

    • November 20, 2019 8:27 PM EST
    • Ken Brunt said:

      You need to move that car out of the garage to make room for the machine shop your going to need................

      OMGram ... I thought they took Rics drivers license a couple years ago? Why does he still have a car and do his children know he has one?

    • November 20, 2019 2:41 AM EST
    • You need to move that car out of the garage to make room for the machine shop your going to need................

    • November 19, 2019 11:00 PM EST
    • Here ya go, Ric 

       

       

      I'm interested in watching this come together.  thanks for taking us on the journey with you.

    • November 19, 2019 8:33 PM EST
    • Who knows, maybe I'll remember how to post pictures again as I document this.  Stay tuned, if you wish.

    • November 19, 2019 8:31 PM EST
    • 19 November, 2019 - Carlyle, Illinois

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      I'm starting a new thread on the merging of the "Tram" boiler and single cylinder marine engine with a "Conner Beam" frame, I've had for a number of years.  This resolves my wheel spacing and suspension concerns.

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      Once again I try to post a picture.

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      http://largescalecentral.com/filesharing/file/view/14476/19111901tram-jpg 

       

    • November 19, 2019 8:14 PM EST
    • So the picture is of the boiler from the Tram and the single cylinder marine engine, "naked" of all the plumbing and apparel.  Motor mounts are sitting in place and unattached.  The frame and wheels are a Conner Beam project purchased in Semester 2.  That was 2016, man have I learned a lot since then.  I think its time to end this post and begin a new one dedicated to "The Assembly of Mariner".  Hope to be working on this down at Ridge this Winter. 

    • November 19, 2019 8:00 PM EST
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      http://largescalecentral.com/filesharing/file/view/14476/19111901tram-jpg

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      Its just more fun every time.

       

    • November 19, 2019 5:24 PM EST
    • 19 November, 2019 - Rail Buggy works, we are back in Carlyle for Thanksgiving, ride on scale work bench(motorcycle lift) is empty and time to advance another project forward.  First job - grind the old boiler mounts off the boiler and prep the boiler surface for the new mounts.  That got done today.  Next step, cut and prep new mounts to be welded to the boiler.  They got cut and I'll try to grind them smooth, plus drill the holes for mounting in the next couple of days.  In the mean time, everything is moved, scootched, slid and proded in to place on the Conner Beam frame.  Are we starting over?  Nah, just starting a new semester.  I'll get a new picture posted.

    • November 14, 2019 11:33 PM EST
    • Hey, cool, the gang over at Starship Modeler space and sci-fi modeling forum is also talking about this, and several have said they are model railroaders.

    • November 14, 2019 8:13 PM EST
    • Quite impressive and it only took him 26 years ...... not sure I could accomplish what he has in a lifetime even if I had the money, skill and time.  I agree with Noel, its great to have someone with Rod's celebrity status in the hobby.  Maybe he is ready to move to the big boy trains outside 

    • November 14, 2019 5:03 PM EST
    • Pretty darn realistic!

    • November 14, 2019 1:56 PM EST
    • Pretty cool. Where article mentions how he'd take his skyscraper builds and other projects on the road with him, several years ago an article in Model Railroader where part of it recounted how he was working on them in a room in some hotel somewhere and it was not summer weather and he had the windows open, it was bitterly cold in the room but he wanted to make progress!

      And then there was the time he did a bunch of ground turf landscaping & when friends and helpers came over it was pointed out that his color blindness had led him to put down red grass!

      Oh well, it's all in a day's model railroading!