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    • April 22, 2017 10:52 PM EDT
    • Dave Taylor said:

      Finally made it to a full work day on 315 in Antonito.  It's now after midnight.  SO I will try to fill you in on the fun tomorrow.

       

      I got really dirty today, so dirty that my wife made me show ID before she would let me in.  Wouldn't you if this came knocking at your door at 10:45 at night.

      She now says that it's official,  I'm a dirty old man..

      Bucket list stuff today....

       

      DAMN it looks like SO much FUN !   I wish I could be there having such FUN.   No way this year . . . the ankle that My gal broke when the bad hip gave out is healing crooked and looks to have to be broken and re-set  ( Ouch ! ) . . . just now way I can get to Narrow Gauge Country with all this going on . . . . and then in late June I have to "vamoose" to Stockton for 4 months.  

       

    • April 21, 2017 9:20 AM EDT
    • Interesting...so far I have not been involved in tube replacement...yesterday I was involved with forming a new rear tube sheet for a new boiler for ww&f number 10. I'll try to post some photos.

    • April 21, 2017 8:14 AM EDT
    • I'm off to Antonito this morn to Finnish up some work on 315,   I finished up the rest of the drawings for the tube replacement, and I'll post ASAP.

       

       

      JUST A REMINDER:   We will be having a week long work session in Antonito CO having our FRA Annual inspection,  starting on May 1st thru 5th, for anyone thats in that neck of the woods,  your very invited to stop by and say howdy, I'll give you the nickel tour, Hell we just might let you get dirty with the rest of us.

    • April 22, 2017 8:40 PM EDT
    • Andrew Moore said:

      Nitwittery, in the hands of the British, becomes high art indeed.

      Oh, it could probably still stand another couple doses of Heath Robinson before it was in actual danger of going over the top.

    • April 22, 2017 5:22 PM EDT
    • Nitwittery, in the hands of the British, becomes high art indeed.

    • April 22, 2017 10:29 AM EDT
    • WoW . . . that is some really neat little engine . . . . . .

    • April 20, 2017 11:10 PM EDT
    • Forrest Scott Wood said:

      These kinds of things are cool for both their styling and their more human-relatable sizing.

       

      That's why I like garden railroading.  It allows me to run small locos and rolling stock in a believable setting.  

       

    • April 20, 2017 9:55 PM EDT
    • These kinds of things are cool for both their styling and their more human-relatable sizing.

    • April 22, 2017 3:19 PM EDT
    • The builder, "rossco1948," has about 200+ videos on Youtube covering this and other steam-related projects. I expect he discusses the water issue, but since I couldn't quickly find which video did so, I'll punt and share this sequel.

       

       

      And this "advertisement" video, looks like he sells these mini steam packages. What a fun hobby.

       

    • April 22, 2017 8:26 AM EDT
    • I was wondering about that water too.  I think it may actually be in a plastic tube which feeds water from the feed water pump back into the water tank.  The pump works continuously when the engine is running and can pump more water than the boiler uses, so excess water is allowed to bypass the boiler and return to the water tank.  Note the shot inside the rear seat showing the plastic tank...you can see the plastic tube with water running in it.

    • April 21, 2017 9:11 PM EDT
    • David Maynard said:

      I like the speeder. But why does he have water running onto the flywheel?

      I believe it's because that is the mechanical clutch and the water helps cool it so it doesn't warp under strain. Look inside and you can see the friction pads.

      John

    • April 21, 2017 8:33 PM EDT
    • David Maynard said:

      I like the speeder. But why does he have water running onto the flywheel?

      ¿

    • April 21, 2017 10:24 AM EDT
    • Very cool Gary, thanks!

      Lots of similarities with the "modern" one. 

    • April 21, 2017 9:52 AM EDT
    • Here is another

    • April 21, 2017 8:48 AM EDT
    • I like the speeder. But why does he have water running onto the flywheel?

    • April 21, 2017 7:32 AM EDT
    • Holy Cow!  Thanks for sharing.  My knowledge grows with every engine of video I see.

      Really appreciate you sharing.

       

    • April 21, 2017 2:05 AM EDT
    • That steam speeder is sweeeeet!!  

       

       

    • April 20, 2017 9:53 PM EDT
    • Thanks, Cliff, that's cool, hadn't seen the first one. Jay's has been around a while. History Channel had a special on Steam Power a few years ago, and they went to his shop. He also brought out his Stanley Steamer.

    • April 20, 2017 4:19 PM EDT
    • Have to share this one too...