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Member postings for Garry Coles

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Thread: Pipe lagging
05/04/2022 06:59:47

Thanks, have now got a few ideas on what to use.

04/04/2022 18:47:09

Hi, I want to lag some of the 3/16 copper pipe coming out of my stand alone boiler, and was wondering what sort of material you guys use. Any ideas please.


Garry in SUNNY jersey !!

Thread: Piston ring grooves
17/01/2022 18:37:37

Thats helpful, thanks for your replies.


17/01/2022 08:20:03

Yes, there are two rings in one groove. I know that the rings will expand out into the bore, so to me the gap underneath seems to make sense, but I was just getting a second opinion.

17/01/2022 07:50:26

Hi, I'm building the Stuart No 9 and am machining the piston, and need some advice please on the following. The rings I have, (which were supplied by Stuart) have a dimension of 1/8 wide and .0525 thick. The drawing has a groove depth of 1/8 (.125) Is this the right depth for a ring of this size. Thanks Garry

Thread: Castings for sale
23/10/2021 15:50:49

Hi JasonB. Thanks, done that.

23/10/2021 10:36:50

Hi, I have just finished building my 2 in scale Durham & North Yorkshire traction engine and have a lot of spare castings left over that I bought extra. All together I have about 75% of the total needed for another build. The total cost for these castings that I have cost me about £1300 and will sell them at a good Knock down price of £500 o.n.o. + postage. I will also supply a copy of the building notes/drawings that came with Model Engineer many years ago. (By John Haining).

If anybody is interested in this offer, then please get in touch so we can discuss it. These castings must go.

Thanks Garry

Thread: Governor drive belt
04/09/2021 17:24:18

OK, thanks, will try some of the glues mentioned. I was just a bit concerned that the glues would be a bit stiff to go around the governor pulley because it's only 1/2 in diameter.


03/09/2021 11:09:41

Hi, Has anybody got some ideas on how to join a governor drive belt. Mine is made of leather and is only 6 mm wide. I will have to join mine in place as it goes around the crankshaft as normal. I have tried to stitch mine but that is very tricky and not very good.


Thread: Filling the boiler
15/08/2021 17:50:20

Thanks everyone, I think I will try the pipe on the injector overflow first and see if that does the job.

15/08/2021 11:51:40

Hi everyone, I know this is a silly question, and I'll probaly get a silly answer. but how do you fill a boiler on a 2 in scale Traction Engine. On my loco, I take a safety valve out and use a funnel, but on the Traction Engine it's not that simple. The water would end up going into the vavle chest and then drain into the chimney and smokebox as well as filling the boiler. The only way I can think of is using the mechanical hand pump that will take forever. By the way, this will be my first steaming after about 5 years of building. Fingers crossed.


Thread: oil blackening
30/04/2021 07:21:14

Thanks everyone for the useful info.

29/04/2021 20:17:34

Hi, I'm at the cleaning, priming and painting stage now on my D & NY traction engine, and I would like to oil blacken all the cogs & gears but not sure about the heating temp to be used on cast iron. Will this be okay to do, and what sort of oil is used. I could just paint them matt black but was wondering about oil blackening. Any suggestions please.


Thread: Boiler lagging
19/04/2021 17:45:35

Thanks everyone. I will probably use some thick cardboard.

19/04/2021 15:52:13

Hi, The time has come to think about lagging the boiler on my 2 in D & NY traction engine. I have some kerwool which is about 1/4 in thick. But its to thick to use. Has anybody used anything else, like thick cardboard. Will the heat be to much for this type of material. Some of you will say, why don't I just buy some thinner stuff. Well the price may not be a lot, but the postage costs to Jerey are.

Any thoughts please.


Thread: Steam oil
05/04/2021 19:04:38

Hi Keith, I got it wrong, I men't a mechanical lubricator. And thanks Clive about answering. I will now try some thinner oil for now.

05/04/2021 17:49:50

Hi, I've been running my 2 in D & NY Traction engine for the first time, and I am running it on air. All seems to be OK with just a few minor tweeks here and their. But what I did notice was the displacement lubricator was not pumping any oil. I'm using Stewart turner steam oil. This is very thick at room temp and was wondering if that's the reason I was unable to turn the pump anymore. Thinking that it was jammed in some way I stripped it down and found it had eased itself back to normal. It may have had some debris clogging it or the oil is to blame, not sure. So can any one please help with this problem. Perhaps I should be using a thinner oil until I can fire it up and get some heat into it.



Thread: Gasket jointing compound
18/03/2021 17:57:50

Never heard of this stuff perchchloroethylene.

18/03/2021 13:37:57

Many thanks for all your answers. I have some old Wellseal that I used on my Nortons but didn't think about using it on my steam joint gaskets.

18/03/2021 10:57:24

Hi, I'm just about to fit all the gaskets to my steam engine and was wondering what the best jointing gunge might be so that in the future removal will not destroy the flimsy gasket material.



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