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Today O finished up the second eccentric strap so here is a picture of the base with both finished straps, both bearings, and the flywheel. The oil holes and grub screws on the strap hubs have also been added so these are now done. Its on to finish up the cylinder now.

Vehicles & Models / Re: Chris's Marion 91 Steam Shovel
« Last post by bouch on Today at 12:30:53 AM »
Thanks Bouch, that looks like a fun day!

I have looked at Clark Tradings websites, they don't say anything about the Lombard, which puzzles me. Its still there, i gather, but they don't seem to be running it anymore.

It's definitely still there, last I saw it (about 1.5 years ago) it was under a shelter across the tracks from the brick enginehouse, up by the covered bridge.  I'm assuming it hasn't moved lately.

Whether or not it runs any given year depends on a bunch of factors, including (but not limited to)
- What they're working on over the winter.  Between then and now, they rebuilt EB&L #5, They acquired a 44 tonner, and the usual maintenance on the rolling stock. Recently, They've had to do a lot of work on the climax, needed new gears between the engine and the driveshafts.  They've also been reassembling the Heisler (although I understand it won't run again, just on display.)
- How much snow there is.  As you can imagine, they need a good base of snow to run it.  Some winters have had relatively little snow, and they don't run it in the summer (too busy with the railroad)
- Health.  Dave Clark has had his share of health issues over the past few years, which hasn't helped.

They haven't even had their "Steam Weekend" for the past few years for combinations of these reasons, and that's during their operating season.  I have been told they're having one this year, but I don't know the dates yet.  (Usually in September, after the busiest part of the tourist season)  When I find out, I'll let you know so you can make the trip and get your model a photo with another full sized one.  And I'm sure Dave, Leon, and others would love to see it.

That was an awesome weekend of lombarding but cold , I think it took me the rest of the year to warm up . The coolest thing was watching how to replace the belts in a model t tranny on Friday nite !

Cold is an understatement.  I walked the length of the field to get photos from "the other end", and with the wind blowing across the field, I couldn't feel just about anything by the time I got back.  (the field was probably 1/2 mile long).  I was invited to drive it, and it was quite an interesting sensation when steering; my back was warm, but my front was half frozen.  Pulling the throttle was a lot warmer!
From Plans / Re: Opposed Piston Twin, D.Kelley
« Last post by fumopuc on Today at 12:27:14 AM »
Looks like it's all starting to come together and look like a real engine. Great progress so far. Just a word of warning, when you get it running don't wipe away the oil spatters with a rag while its running, winds up on the rag & stalls it right quick. I saw that once at Cabin Fever.

Hi Art, If it will run, than I would be happy to immolate my best and nicest rap for this way to stall it once. :lolb:
Thanks for watching and the good advice.
Vehicles & Models / Re: Chris's Marion 91 Steam Shovel
« Last post by crueby on February 25, 2018, 11:45:47 PM »
Well, some good news finally: the tooth is finally on the mend, swelling in jaw is almost gone, lots of sleep the last day/night, and I felt up to a bunch of shop time today!  Got just a bit more to do on the submarine, then will be back at the Marion again this week. Thanks all for your patience!

From Kits/Castings / Re: Lane and Bodley 400hp Corliss
« Last post by Ramon on February 25, 2018, 10:52:21 PM »
You're going to need a lot more holes out of that to get that up the stairs Simon  :Lol:  By the time you get my age they just might have installed that lift they talk about but that's only after they install the hard pipe airline of course   :ROFL:

Glad to see you managing to find some time on it

Regards - Tug
Ah Phil - so you've got yourself a 'half timbered car'  :D

That's not my phrase but one 'Edna Everidge' to her long suffering friend Madge  - "Oh look Madge there's a half timbered car - isn't that quaint ? "

I once had a bright green Austin A55 Cambridge - 'Sean the Leprecaun'. Last car was 'Zipper' this ones 'Ziggy'.

Time you paid that girl Agnes some attention though ;)

Regards - Tug
From Plans / Re: Brian does Ridders flame eater
« Last post by Doc on February 25, 2018, 10:36:12 PM »
I use just plain cotton close line rope seems to work just fine and it's about a 1/4 inch (the stuff I use).
Hi Simon - just got back home, well fed and well over watered  ;)

If you look at the drawing on the same image you can see I have tapered the transfer passage into the cylinder to assist the flow. Modifying the cutter was how I achieved a reasonable transition. As long as the actual edge does not stray far from it's designed position then the timing remains fairly close to the designed amount. The actual shape is not that important hence the freehand grinding. Usually the passages are cut into the crankcase with the porting cut into the liner to define the timing giving much larger passages but this is how the original was made. 

Bear in mind this is predominantly a model engineering exercise and not an attempt to make anything with exceptional performance - as long as it runs reasonably well I'll be more than happy - hopefully you'll 'hear' the result at Forncett ;)

Regards - Tug
Desmond was born in 1969 and has been fully restored including a new Ash wood frame.
He also has a few upgrades including servo disc brakes, telescopic shock absorbers and an alternator etc.

My wife is an animal lover and wanted to call him Johnny, after Johnny Morris who used to be a TV presenter.  :o

I could not bring myself to call him Johnny, so accepted Desmond as second choice.  :-\

From Kits/Castings / Re: Textile Mill Diorama
« Last post by zeeprogrammer on February 25, 2018, 10:24:50 PM »
 :pinkelephant: :popcorn: :popcorn: :popcorn:

Did I say I like dioramas?

And yours are exceptional.
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