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Work and Events / Re: Locomotive #11 - Official Work Thread
« on: April 04, 2010, 11:20:33 AM »
Finally, after a full days work, all of the parts have been rough turned, parted, and the rod retaining caps have been cut.
If you have any questions, feel free to ask.

Bruce Mowbray
Springville, PA

Work and Events / Re: Locomotive #11 - Official Work Thread
« on: April 04, 2010, 11:17:15 AM »
These are the main crank pins and the lead crank pins before parting. Once they are parted, the second end will be semi finished and they will be turned between centers to make them true. The main crank pins will be threaded at this time to accept the jamb nuts that hold the rod retainer rings on.

Work and Events / Re: Locomotive #11 - Official Work Thread
« on: April 04, 2010, 11:11:47 AM »

A main crank pin takes shape. To make these, I cut the material to the length of 2 pins. I then hold onto the rough material to make one pin, flip the material around and hold onto the finished end to make the second pin. When both ends are finished, I cut the two pins apart and finish up the saw cut ends.

Work and Events / Re: Locomotive #11 - Official Work Thread
« on: April 04, 2010, 11:08:18 AM »
I'm not sure if this is the proper place to post this, Feel free Mr Moderator to move it if necessary.

I have been making some parts for the #11 under the management of Jason. It was decided that since the axles for the #9 are servicable (I will let Jason give you the details) that the material for the #9 axles have been turned into some key parts for the #11. Here are some of the parts.

This is the axle for the lead truck It has been rough turned one end at a time. Next it will be turned between centers to get everything exactly concentric.

Volunteers / Spring 2010 Work?
« on: December 28, 2009, 10:28:05 AM »
I know I'm rushing things a bit but I am in the process of filling out my 2010 calender and I would like to reserve the weekend in the spring when the WW&F has their big spring track work party. I had such a great time with you guys in September and I would love to get back to help out again. Is there a designated weekend yet?

Work and Events / Re: WW&F No. 9 - Official Work Thread
« on: November 28, 2009, 10:02:55 AM »
 Yes, you are correct. Liners are put into areas of the smoke box and or boilers to increase strength of a sheet. Usually they are used when a large hole (saddle or dome holes)  or many holes (such as staybolt sleeve holes) are put into a sheet. The liner will make up for the "missing" material. In the case of the liner in the #9 smoke box, that area of the smoke box is often cinder cut and ends up being worn pretty thin. A liner is often placed there as a replaceable piece. I am surprised that the liner does not go back to the area where the saddle bolts up. This is often a week spot where a strengthening liner would come into play. I may be wrong, but it looks like a crack radiating out from one of the corners of the saddle opening. Perhaps it would be a consideration to extend the liner back to cover this area.

General Discussion / Re: Duff Mfg. No. 2 Jack
« on: October 02, 2009, 10:28:25 PM »
We have two 75 ton and 2 100 ton Duff-Norton air powered jacks at Steamtown. Big jacks for big engines. I just rebuilt the air motor in one of the 75's. Duff Norton is still in business and they still have parts for jacks made back in the 1970's. Great loco shop tools for sure

Bruce Mowbray
Springville, PA

Volunteers / Volunteer Experience at the WW&F RY
« on: September 30, 2009, 04:36:56 PM »
Hi Folks,

I want to say thanks for a great volunteer experience at the WW&F Railway Museum. You all were very welcoming and made me feel right at home. I hope to get back up there in the spring for the track laying weekend and try to do some volunteer work from here if possible. I am a machinist/loco mechanic at Steamtown and if there is anything I can help out with from afar, please feel free to contact me. I’ll be watching the forum and will try to pitch in when possible.

Bruce Mowbray

PS If any of you are down this way, stop in at Steamtown and say hello

General Discussion / Re: Who Am I? or, Let's Introduce Ourselves
« on: January 16, 2009, 09:01:20 AM »
My name is Bruce Mowbray. I live in northeastern PA and have been interested in trains since I was conceived. (Yes. On the "Broadway Limited" between NY and Chicago).  I am a machinist by trade and my hobby is building riding size live steam models in my home machine shop. My current (dream) job is locomotive shop machinist/mechanic at Steamtown NHS. I also am a qualified trainman, conductor, fireman and very soon to be locomotive engineer (just waiting for my card). I got interested in 2 footers thru my friend Ed G. An active member in the WWFRY museum. I am helping him build his 0-4-4t 2 1/2" scale live steamer through phone conversations and exchange of machine shop practice and ideas. I will making a trip up to Maine this summer sometime to see the area first hand. I enjoy seeing what other museums are doing.

Bruce Mowbray
Springville, PA

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