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    • March 31, 2020 11:36 AM EDT
    • Joe Zullo said:
       

      Devon,

      I SHOULD have known you weren't finished yet. What was I thinking?

      I am having a bit of a dilemma though. Something I had not planned for was where the end of the crosshead rails are in relation to the driver.

       

      In this pic you can see that it ends well into the side of the driver. i wish i had moved the cylinders back further so that the cross head rails would end up closer to in between the drivers. This would allow me to mount a crosshead support between them. I can mount the bearing and lever between them and extend the rod to the steam chest but not sure how to put in a cross head support. Anyone have any ideas? 

    • March 31, 2020 9:57 AM EDT
    • Devon Sinsley said:
      Joe Zullo said:

      Dev,

      With all the pains you have taken to detail this loco, you neglected to add the rods to actuate the valves.

       

       

      Nope just haven't gotten that far yet. Next on the list is all the valve gearing. It needs crosshead supports, the rods and the linkage back to the Johnson bar. It still needs a light, the domes and stack, etc. I said it was almost time to move to the tender. There are still a few things on the loco that need to be addressed. One of the most important is all the wiring.

       

      But thanks for looking out for me. Thats why I like to post projects. I appreciate the help, guidance, suggestions. It makes for a better model.

      Devon,

      I SHOULD have known you weren't finished yet. What was I thinking?

    • March 31, 2020 9:42 AM EDT
    • wow Joe, you sure you want to point that out now? he is liable to blow his head gasket on his brain thing!!!!

      Cute story , years ago when my 36yr old daughter was about 2 we went to an air show, and the local hardware store had a small booth set up and they were giving away foam one size fits most visors to block the sun. My daughter was  given one as we walked by and she wore that thing for months, It was labeled 'Air Show head Gasket" and had a image of a Mustang on it wearing one.

      Dont worry about it Devon, us diesel people would never know or care if your water heater on rails is missing a part anyway!

    • March 31, 2020 9:37 AM EDT
    • Joe Zullo said:

      Dev,

      With all the pains you have taken to detail this loco, you neglected to add the rods to actuate the valves.

       

       

      Nope just haven't gotten that far yet. Next on the list is all the valve gearing. It needs crosshead supports, the rods and the linkage back to the Johnson bar. It still needs a light, the domes and stack, etc. I said it was almost time to move to the tender. There are still a few things on the loco that need to be addressed. One of the most important is all the wiring.

       

      But thanks for looking out for me. Thats why I like to post projects. I appreciate the help, guidance, suggestions. It makes for a better model.

    • March 31, 2020 8:28 AM EDT
    • Dev,

      With all the pains you have taken to detail this loco, you neglected to add the rods to actuate the valves.

       

    • March 31, 2020 3:47 AM EDT
    • Devon,

       

      OD appreciated your advice as do I!  Oh, and we both appreciated the name-number of this loco!  Nicely played!

      We can't wait to see this on the rails!

       

      Eric

    • March 30, 2020 9:20 AM EDT
    • David Marconi,FOGCH said:

      Nice looking loco Devon, why you want to beat it up?

      I don't anymore. . .I resisted the urge

    • March 30, 2020 5:32 AM EDT
    • Nice looking loco Devon, why you want to beat it up?

    • March 29, 2020 11:25 PM EDT
    • Wanna barrow my Dead Blow hammer?

      More importantly ...

      Is it done yet?

    • March 29, 2020 10:08 PM EDT
    • If you don’t feel like hitting it with a hammer at least once, you aren’t trying to build something new or difficult so you aren’t stretching. The trick is to keep the hammer stored in an inconvenient spot :-).

    • March 29, 2020 9:46 PM EDT
    • This one is for OD, Eric please pass it along, mistakes happens to all of us. This one has been a calamity of errors, but nothing that can't be fixed or atleast learned from.

      One of the things I swore I would learn from the 2-6-0 fail was to paint last after all the fussing about was done. I did not take that lesson to heart. I am pretty sure I am going to have to repaint most, if not all, of this loco. To much handling and taking things apart and putting it back together is taking a toll.  But that isn't the worst problem to have I suppose. I had a minor fit today and resisted the urge to take it outside and bash it with a hammer. After what I thought was a careful job of fitting all the plumbing, when I went to put everything together I ended up with some serious issues of things being in the way of others. After I calmed down and gained my bearings I got it all to fit. And sticking to my goal it al fits by friction fit and can be removed if need be. As I said it all needs repainted so don't complain about the paint job looking like an elephant dung heap.

       

    • March 31, 2020 9:39 AM EDT
    • A bit more work has been done on this project. After figuring out where that damn screw was hiding, I was able to open up the locomotive and pull out all the wiring. 

      After that, I determined that I need to build a cardboard mock-up of this loco since it's looking more like it's going to be scratch-built. (The boiler, which I was planning to use, is too big. I have to custom build that too.) Doing this allows me to correct mistakes in measurements and other such errors before using plastic or metal. 

      After that I took a small detour and did some detail work: pipes for the cab! I found a photo online of a Hall cab, so that was referenced a lot. Gauges will be purchased in scale.

       

      Then I went back to the chassis and figured out exactly what I am cutting off to keep this locomotive as flexible as possible. I haven't finished cutting it yet, but I've started...

      I'm not sure I should have cut off that lead from the chassis. I could have used it. But, I can build something, I suppose. 

      Thoughts, comments, suggestions, and criticisms are always appreciated.

    • March 31, 2020 4:03 AM EDT
    • Bill & Greg,

       

      This whole issue bugs me to no end.  Not  just because a beautiful old locomotive is out of service, but more because I cannot determine why it is out of service.  This is the only one of my '80-s vintage iron horses that defies repair.  If I could see the error, I could let it go a lot easier.  It is like a sore joint that aches for no reason other than it does.  And it is irritating as all #$#$^....

       

      Eric

    • March 30, 2020 9:25 PM EDT
    • Maybe it binds only right side up, not upside down? Axle "bearing" issue?

       

      For all the gears it has eaten, I'd be sorely tempted to give up on it. Las Vegas rules: never change a winning game, ALWAYS change a losing one

    • March 30, 2020 6:18 PM EDT
    • That's not good I can push my Mason Bogie with a motor and gears and everything turns, can't tell you, the playmobil western engine had weights in it but not a lot and their tender was fairly heave, did you try adding weight to the LGB tender. That chassis should roll down a 5% grade with no help, I'm at a loss, Bill

    • March 30, 2020 5:52 PM EDT
    • Bill,

      That was WITH the new siderods!

       

      Eric

    • March 30, 2020 10:58 AM EDT
    • Take the motor out and push it around with your powdered tender like the Playmobil 4-4-0, know you said you tried it before but now that you have changed the side rods and things it might push easier

    • March 29, 2020 9:36 PM EDT
    • I like the green.

    • March 29, 2020 9:21 PM EDT
    • Gorgeous as always Eric.

    • March 29, 2020 8:45 PM EDT
    • They would each make fine sugar plantation engines no doubt...and wouldnt mind some nice weather!