2 January, 2022 - Ridge Live Steamers, Dundee, Florida
WARNING! - I ramble on. Jan calls them “Sea Stories”. Please stop reading now, if I offend you or waste your time in anyway.
Yes, 2021 is out here! It left on a sad note with the loss of Stan and less than two weeks earlier, Ken. Like Bruce said, its like a gut punch.
This has become my unofficial journal of our travels and adventures. Its under “Other Hobbies”, because we do it for fun. We are very fortunate to be in a camper on the road, or near a layout, or an event, or on the property of a scale railroad track. What fun, what an adventure!
The year started with planning and talking to a very experienced machinist and friend, about work on my 1.5 scale live steam “Tram”.
This fraternity of the railroad hobby, no matter what scale, is just wonderful. People are always, willing to help. Just look at this Forum, its full of advice and skill and people to share what they know and learn.
I’ve always heard, vertical steam cylinders do not need cylinder cocks. I accepted it and I guess hardly thought more about it. Yesterday, a guy said, “You want to know why?” I’m not one to say, “no not really, I like being ignorant”. So he explained. On a horizontal cylinder the water that can cause the hydro-static lock, settles at the bottom of the cylinder and can cause uneven pressure on the piston, as it tries to compress it. On a vertical cylinder the water is seeking its own level and is even over the entire piston head. Therefore, it gets equally pushed past the piston and out the stack or out around the piston rod.
Yeah, I know. You guys are all saying, “everyone knows that”. Okay, I now know it, also. And if I really put time in to thinking about it, I might have come up with that on my own.
Hey, earlier today I saw my first Ontario license plate in Florida since March of 2020. Maybe things will start getting better. Here’s hoping and praying.
Great hobby, great adventure. Stay safe, my friends.