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Offline john mills

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Re: CONWAY 0-4-0 3 1/2" GAUGE LOCO
« Reply #1215 on: September 11, 2020, 11:18:40 PM »
what is the fuel you are using   
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Re: CONWAY 0-4-0 3 1/2" GAUGE LOCO
« Reply #1216 on: September 12, 2020, 05:21:19 PM »
Hi John

Welsh steam coal, Bean size

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Re: CONWAY 0-4-0 3 1/2" GAUGE LOCO
« Reply #1217 on: September 12, 2020, 11:27:42 PM »
Hi Rich


thats running fast how fast would it be going if you were on the track .running that first with no load in full
valve gear it would use lots of steam and the blast will be drawing the fire vary hard.i would try running much slower  and when it is turning see if it will run if you adjust the valve gear .see that you have some depth to the
bed of coals .  it might depend on how the valve events are using the steam.think of how fast it would be going on the track.     
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Re: CONWAY 0-4-0 3 1/2" GAUGE LOCO
« Reply #1218 on: September 13, 2020, 09:07:29 AM »
Hi John

thanks for the comments  :ThumbsUp:

Having sat and thought about it some more there are a couple of other things to mention. 1. When I first open the regulator there is quite a lot of hot water emitted from the chimney. 2. I have to open the regulator almost fully to get it run. 3. Adjusting the valve gear will cause it to stop. 4. it won't run very slowly at all.

I'm wondering now if the valve gear isn't set well enough.

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Rich

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Re: CONWAY 0-4-0 3 1/2" GAUGE LOCO
« Reply #1219 on: September 13, 2020, 01:04:37 PM »
Possible that the water level in the boiler is too high, so not enough room for steam? I've had the on my smaller guage 1 loco, once the water level is down a bit it keeps up with steam production.

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Re: CONWAY 0-4-0 3 1/2" GAUGE LOCO
« Reply #1220 on: September 13, 2020, 07:15:27 PM »
Hi

Thanks Chris  :ThumbsUp:

 :thinking: that's a possibility

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Re: CONWAY 0-4-0 3 1/2" GAUGE LOCO
« Reply #1221 on: September 13, 2020, 10:31:01 PM »
water from the cylinders   did you warm the cylinders first the drains need to be open blowing steam through
they should be hot to touch and should be open to blow water out there.
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Re: CONWAY 0-4-0 3 1/2" GAUGE LOCO
« Reply #1222 on: September 14, 2020, 04:29:26 PM »
Hi John

I have auto drain cocks fitted. They dribble hot water ok during warm up.

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Re: CONWAY 0-4-0 3 1/2" GAUGE LOCO
« Reply #1223 on: September 14, 2020, 11:21:47 PM »
the water should come to steam the water in the chimney should come out the drains  nothing will work well until all the water is gone .was there steam coming out before starting.
On the track you would roll the engine forwards and back to turn the engine over so every thing is hot and steam
coming from the drains
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Re: CONWAY 0-4-0 3 1/2" GAUGE LOCO
« Reply #1224 on: September 15, 2020, 08:38:19 PM »
Hi John

Thanks   :ThumbsUp: :ThumbsUp:

We are hoping to construct a short section of track in the garden

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Rich

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Re: CONWAY 0-4-0 3 1/2" GAUGE LOCO
« Reply #1225 on: September 16, 2020, 08:04:17 AM »
hi 
even a short bit of track should be fun.

john

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Re: CONWAY 0-4-0 3 1/2" GAUGE LOCO
« Reply #1226 on: February 21, 2021, 12:00:34 AM »
Hi Guys,

The steel has been cut ready to make 22 metres of track in 2m sections.
Once covid and lockdowns have calmed down we will spend a day or two welding it all together. 2020....covid stopped play!!!!

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Julian

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Re: CONWAY 0-4-0 3 1/2" GAUGE LOCO
« Reply #1227 on: February 21, 2021, 09:35:16 AM »
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I have auto drain cocks fitted. They dribble hot water ok during warm up.

I would say that you are too impatient ! you have to wait for steam only is coming out from the drains, ie that the cylinders (and tubes, valves, the whole loco...) are hot enough, no condensation at all.

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Re: CONWAY 0-4-0 3 1/2" GAUGE LOCO
« Reply #1228 on: February 21, 2021, 08:38:11 PM »
Hi

Thanks for the advice Zephyrin  :ThumbsUp:

At present the loco is stored away. We succumbed to the virus just before Christmas which really knocked us back. We have recovered now so very shortly the weather will improve and it will come back out again.

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Rich 

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Re: CONWAY 0-4-0 3 1/2" GAUGE LOCO
« Reply #1229 on: February 22, 2021, 07:16:05 PM »
Sorry to hear that "it" got you,   but please that you are now recovering :)   Take care......Best Wishes     Terry