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    Nice smoke box door and ring.
    Any ideal if you are fitting the "smoke box door" with plain handles, or a handle and wheel? That is assuming the door has not got buttons all the way around which would be a pain to remove to open the door.
    The "smoke box door" provides access to the smoke box to allow for cleaning of spark arresters and fire tubes, and removal of ashes.

    While this engine is probably wood burning, on a coal burning engine, depending on the coal, the smoke box can fill up with ashes and require frequent cleaning (multiple times a shift) so access is important.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Handyjack View Post
    Nice smoke box door and ring.
    Any ideal if you are fitting the "smoke box door" with plain handles, or a handle and wheel? That is assuming the door has not got buttons all the way around which would be a pain to remove to open the door.
    The "smoke box door" provides access to the smoke box to allow for cleaning of spark arresters and fire tubes, and removal of ashes.

    While this engine is probably wood burning, on a coal burning engine, depending on the coal, the smoke box can fill up with ashes and require frequent cleaning (multiple times a shift) so access is important.
    Thanks Kevin,

    My prototype has the studs, nuts and clamps all round so that is what I will be working to. Fortunately I won't have to remove the door for cleaning (although had to do this on a coal fired boiler when I was a first year apprentice - what a dirty job)

    Have a good day and keep safe

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    Hi All,

    Been out in the shed making up the clamps and hinges for the front of the smokebox. A bit fiddly but happy with the outcome

    Be safe and take care

    Regards

    Keith

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    This loco is looking so good already Keith... Top job sir!! Cheers Peter

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    Wa!Wa! WOW!!!
    Looking good for sure!!!
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    As I have said many times before, it is the detail that takes up most of the time as well as the dedication of the builder. Looking great Keith

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    Hi All,

    The good thing about this locomotive is the amount of detail that can be found if you research information and photos on different websites.

    The cowcatcher has small access steps and linkages (don't know what the linkages are for - any ideas Kevin ? - looks like a coupler of some description)

    Anyway been working on these smaller items - time consuming but I think add to the loco.

    Everyone be safe

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    Link and pin coupler. Railway coupling - Wikipedia Not the safest to use but found in North America in the early days of railroading up to the turn of the century (1900).
    The little details are what separates a toy from a model.
    Stay well. Stay safe.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Handyjack View Post
    Link and pin coupler. Railway coupling - Wikipedia Not the safest to use but found in North America in the early days of railroading up to the turn of the century (1900).
    The little details are what separates a toy from a model.
    Stay well. Stay safe.
    Thanks Kevin. A really interesting link, Thanks

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    Hi All,

    One of my big concerns with building this locomotive was getting enough information to be as accurate as possible compared to the prototype.
    The internal cabin was my biggest concern as I didn't have much detail of the main control / smokebox area. I had googled lots of different names in my endeavors but couldn't get many photos of the Thatcher Perkins controls. On Saturday I was looking around and "Vintage American Locomotives" and much to my surprise I got a photo of the internal cabin of the Thatcher - Perkins. I am really happy about this.
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    I have machined up the internal boiler / smokebox plate and will insert the different components on this before fitting it to the end of the boiler.
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    I have started making the valve handwheels. There are 2 different sizes. The handwheels are machined out of aluminium. I then drill them and then file the outer of the wheel with needle files to get my correct shape. The valve shafts / handwheel bore is 2mm
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    Please keep safe

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    The detail will be a cakewalk for someone of your talents and skills
    The person who never made a mistake never made anything

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    Nice picture of the backplate in the cab. Points to note - as is normal American practice the Engineer (driver) is sitting on the right in reach of the regulator and the reverser (Johnson Bar). I could not see any brake valves but they could be on the right IF the engine is fitted with air brakes.
    There is only one water gauge glass fitted on the left, on the right are three valves going into a tundish to check the water level. I would suggest the two larger valves, one on each side, are for injectors to feed water into the boiler. Water valve is probably beside the Engineer's and fireman's seat.

    Looking forward to your next post.
    Stay well. Stay safe.

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    Hi All

    Hope everyone is well

    Been working on the 2 different size valve handles for the steam and water control valves in the cabin. All done.

    We now have a bit of colour.
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    Will do more on the main plate tomorrow.

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    x10
    The person who never made a mistake never made anything

    Cheers
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    Quote Originally Posted by rwbuild View Post
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    Thanks Ray,

    Take care and look after yourself

    Regards

    Keith and Cathie

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