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Offline Ed

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Tom Thumb Steam Engine
« on: April 22, 2014, 06:17:57 PM »
Is anybody building the Tom Thumb steam train engine that's in Live Steam magazine? I plan on starting as soon as I get some materials. Ed

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Re: Tom Thumb Steam Engine
« Reply #1 on: April 28, 2014, 01:17:09 PM »
Finished drilling the side frame's . Ready to move on with the build. Ed

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« Reply #2 on: April 28, 2014, 01:32:45 PM »
Ed, any chance of some photo's of your progress?  8)

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Re: Tom Thumb Steam Engine
« Reply #3 on: April 28, 2014, 04:21:32 PM »
Some pictures would be great Ed. I let my subscription to Live Steam lapse (on purpose) over a year ago so it would be nice to see where you are headed on this project.

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« Reply #4 on: April 29, 2014, 01:56:44 PM »
I'll take some pictures after I make some more parts. All I have now is 4 pieces of flat iron with holes drilled in them. Ed

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Re: Tom Thumb Steam Engine
« Reply #5 on: May 03, 2014, 06:50:23 PM »
After a couple of weeks of fun this is how far I've came.

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« Reply #6 on: May 03, 2014, 07:30:56 PM »
Cool project!
I hope to keep up with this one.

More pics! More pics!  ;D
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Re: Tom Thumb Steam Engine
« Reply #7 on: May 06, 2014, 02:08:43 PM »
I hit a little snag. The building materials list for the 7 pedestals calls for 3/8x2x2.75. I cut and machined the material to that size. After finishing the material looking at the drawing it shows the material to be 3/8x2x2.375. mow what to do I re sized the material to the smaller size hope I'm right. You know the fun part of this is learning. I need to read ahead and figure things out. The best part of this build is learning to be a better machinist. Next step is figuring out how to open up the pedestal to the .75 opening and be right in the middle of the part. Ed

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Re: Tom Thumb Steam Engine
« Reply #8 on: May 14, 2014, 04:18:08 PM »
The making of the pedestals. A lot of time put into making these,a lot of steps.

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Re: Tom Thumb Steam Engine
« Reply #9 on: May 22, 2014, 01:47:39 PM »
The 8th pedestal is finished.

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Re: Tom Thumb Steam Engine
« Reply #10 on: May 22, 2014, 01:56:06 PM »
You are doing a fine job on this. I have wanted to buy a set of the original plans for a while but have had no luck so far and no replies to emails to the suppliers. Getting all the back issues required and the subscription for the rest of this current build is cost prohibitive here in Canada.

I will be watching this for sure.

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« Reply #11 on: May 29, 2014, 02:18:42 PM »
Grate supports are finished.

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Re: Tom Thumb Steam Engine
« Reply #12 on: May 29, 2014, 02:19:31 PM »
The start of the couplings from cast iron.

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Re: Tom Thumb Steam Engine
« Reply #13 on: May 29, 2014, 05:00:27 PM »
Ed, In your 1st and 7th photos a the beginning of the build you show two separate frames that seem to have different pedestal spacing. I was just curious as to what the second and smaller frame is for and how it  fits into the overall model?  Something like a tender perhaps?

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Re: Tom Thumb Steam Engine
« Reply #14 on: May 30, 2014, 01:55:01 PM »
You are right the smaller is the tender the longer is the engine.