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Technical Tips, Builds, and Help / Making half round beading.
« Last post by Tony Bird on 39 minutes ago »
Hi,

A friend wanted some half round or 'D'section wire to go around the edges of the cab of a locomotive he was making.  I had plenty in stock but he said that he would like to make it.  So out came the draw plates and I made a short video which I hope you enjoy.

https://youtu.be/RrR9zZpi4bo

Regards Tony.
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Restorations / Re: Serious Boiler
« Last post by Jim on 1 hour ago »
Nice score Bob.
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Off Topic / Re: Swan barn beam drill
« Last post by Mi Steam on 2 hours ago »
Lenn the drill really gives you a workout and does a good job
drilling those holes.
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Off Topic / Re: Butterfly and Oriole
« Last post by Mi Steam on 2 hours ago »
Today I thought that an Oriole had died at the bottom of the
feeder. It did not move for quite a while and then I saw some
movement. I think it was a baby Oriole and was scared. In the
series of photos below, you will see what happened.

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Videos The Office of Steam Cinema / Re: SIAM show June 7, 8, & 9 2019
« Last post by Steamandoil (Tim) on June 15, 2019, 10:40:36 pm »
No Nick there wasn't much for sale. I saw maybe 10 various engines for sale some running some not. But I did network and get to know a few  knowledgeable collectors. One of them has a nice restored 1928 Hercules 1 & 3/4 hp with Hercules water pump jack- never run or shown that I am picking up tomorrow. He is wanting a street rod and is making room and raising his cash-so I win.

I will post a video as soon as I can when I get her home.
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Restorations / Re: Serious Boiler
« Last post by Hero on June 15, 2019, 09:12:51 pm »
Perhaps it needs pickling? Followed by a pressure test. The water tubes look awesome, should generate steam very well.

Pickling for sure.🍾 De-scaling, too.
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Restorations / Re: Serious Boiler
« Last post by Nick on June 15, 2019, 08:56:49 pm »
You sure have a lot of good finds Bob  ;) Can't wait to see it cleaned up  8)
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Restorations / Re: Serious Boiler
« Last post by CBWho on June 15, 2019, 08:38:03 pm »
Perhaps it needs pickling? Followed by a pressure test. The water tubes look awesome, should generate steam very well.
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Restorations / Serious Boiler
« Last post by Hero on June 15, 2019, 08:21:05 pm »
Look at this thing!

Someone gave me this, all plastered with asbestos insulation (should have taken a picture, but didn't; I was too concerned with getting it under water and removing that nasty stuff). At first I thought it was made of steel, because a magnet stuck to it, but it turned out that the magnet was sticking to the steel mesh that formed the base for all that asbestos paste. Turns out that this is an amazing silver-brazed copper boiler, complete with water cross-tubes in the flue, superheater, and GOK what else.

Here's how it looks just now: bare of insulation, broken sight glass removed, all valves and fittings freed up and moving nicely.

It looks like a very old boiler, as you can see from the wooden valve wheels. Nonetheless, so far it looks very solid. I'll have to make blanking plugs, etc. and give it a pressure test, but at the very least it makes a dandy paperweight!

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Restorations / Re: Jean Comby vertical
« Last post by Hero on June 15, 2019, 08:01:24 pm »
Not bad for a "grim" engine. Well done!
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