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mechman4808/10/2019 10:55:14
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Got back to work on my latest project; beam engine, machined up the crankshaft / webs. Remembered to polish up at this stage as it makes it easier in assembly stage. All the shafts are press fit into webs with a touch of Loctite 603. Maybe I should drill & pin the bottom end shaft... thinking

Beam engine crankshaft & webs (2).jpg

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geoff walker 108/10/2019 11:03:28
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Maybe I should drill & pin the bottom end shaft... thinking

Well if you were asking me George, pin them. Belt and braces job!!!!

I have some 1/16" panel pins which mike up at 0.061" perfect with a 1/16" drill and drop of loctite.

Nice work George


mechman4808/10/2019 11:15:29
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Geoff... thanks, have got panel pins similar size to yours so will drill & pin cool


tractionengine4208/10/2019 16:59:36
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I've occasionally posted on here my progress building my Lion boiler, I had taken lots of video and have decided to have a bash at building a video series of my build.

Today I uploaded my second video, for any one interested here's a link: Lion Boiler Build pt2

Part 1 is an introduction which is here :Lion Boiler Build pt 1

Here it is finished, now I'm busy with the frames, horn plates and wheels.

lion 34.jpg

I hope my videos help anyone thinking of building a model of this historic loco.


BTW, Very nice work George on that crank.




Edited By tractionengine42 on 08/10/2019 17:01:47

tractionengine4208/10/2019 17:04:50
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One of the links in my post above doesn't seem to work. here's another which hopefully will.

Lion Boiler Build pt1


mechman4808/10/2019 17:58:40
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Thanks Nigel; boiler lookin' gooood, very nice boiler work.


Andrew Johnston11/10/2019 21:49:26
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In order to use my insert face milling tool on the horizontal mill I need to make a new drawbar with an M16 thread on the end instead of 5/8" BSW. This evening I hacksawed the appropriate length of 16mm diameter EN16T and cut the M16 thread. While I've screwcut many dozens of threads on my imperial lathe this is only the second metric thread I've cut, and the first one must have been 15 years ago:

m16 thread.jpg

Since this was a metric thread on an imperial lathe I couldn't use the Ainjest high speed threading unit, so I did it as per the manual leaving the half nuts engaged at all times. I started at 58rpm and dropped to 40rpm as the thread got deeper and I needed to be quicker on the tool retract. The insert tooling left a reasonable finish. It was a bit slow going but at the current rate I'll have kicked the bucket before I need to cut another metric thread.


Edited By Andrew Johnston on 11/10/2019 21:49:52

Bazyle12/10/2019 00:01:04
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Missed the EDMES club meeting tonight as it was the Cricket Club annual dinner. I got a cup for being most valuable non-player (mending all the mowers)laugh

geoff walker 112/10/2019 10:30:22
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Missed the EDMES club meeting tonight as it was the Cricket Club annual dinner. I got a cup for being the most valuable non-player (mending all the mowers)laugh

I know the feeling, I also get a mention at our CC dinner for similar services rendered. No cup but I always get a few free pints.

Nigel Graham 212/10/2019 19:56:52
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With a colleague, attended the boiler-testing seminar hosted by Cardiff MES - we were very impressed by the track and club-house - and by the catering!

A valuable session, learnt a lot.

Many thanks to all.

Michael Gilligan20/10/2019 13:25:27
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I have just stumbled across this interesting document entitled ‘Gear Errata Tables’


That title is somewhat cryptic, given that ’errata to what’ is not specified dont know

Can anyone advise, please ?


Ian P20/10/2019 15:08:23
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Document was created in 2014 by 'Woody', could that be Alan Wood?

Ian P

Richard S220/10/2019 15:20:37
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Did a late night cooking job on the Water Cart wheels last night. Long job setting the individual letters around the hub faces. Had to cook one hub twice, as one letter chose to stick to the retainer washer, rather than the hub. Pleased with the result.

Initial check for size and placing the lettering for spacing-hubs.jpg

On removal of the retaining washer after cooking, the sweated the lettering all in right place on first hub-


Partial clean up of the second hub shows promise-


Bit more maching on the hubs, then rivet to rims time.

Edit-PS Mods. should've really posted in the Workshop Prog forum. Happy if you want to move it?.   

Edited By Richard S2 on 20/10/2019 15:32:45

tractionengine4220/10/2019 16:05:32
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Amazing work Richard! Looks Great!


Michael Gilligan20/10/2019 17:03:45
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Posted by Ian P on 20/10/2019 15:08:23:

Document was created in 2014 by 'Woody', could that be Alan Wood?


Thanks, Ian


john brown 1720/10/2019 17:40:51
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Please how did you do the letters,they look great well done.


mechman4820/10/2019 18:05:28
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Finished off polishing the tiny bell crank link for my beam engine, then went on to start marking out the cylinder from a machined up piece of brass ( didn't get a pic today, next time thinking ).


Richard S220/10/2019 18:42:47
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Posted by john brown 17 on 20/10/2019 17:40:51:

Please how did you do the letters,they look great well done.


Thanks John (and Nigel), Hope this helps to explain. Here's a link (hopefully) to an explaination of the process in another Topic/thread-

Modded Minnie

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Edited By Richard S2 on 20/10/2019 18:43:35

jimmy b20/10/2019 19:10:23
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Fitted a cheap digital tachometer to the crusader today.

Since fitting the VFD, I've been a bit lost with speeds!

Works great!


Mick B123/10/2019 21:45:25
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Finished boring out 15 mudhole doorways for an 8F loco in rebuild at the railway. They were black MS about 4.5" diameter x 1.75" long, with an oval recess about 78 x 90mm x 3/8" deep already CNC milled in one end. I had to bore 'em about 91mm diameter from t'other end to meet without chopping into the 3/8" wide elliptical shelf.

Sorry about the mixed UoMs, but I work in whatever's convenient, and I had a metric Ward 3db to do it on.

I'd already stuffed a succession of drills through the blanks, culminating in a 45mm., which I think is the biggest the turret sleeves would hold.

The machine's solid with a lot of grunt, which I was grateful for as there was nearly 14 cubic inches of steel to cut out of each blank. There's another volunteer who'd partly set it up, but I couldn't get his boring bar to cut - thinking about it since, that might've been due to a negative rake setup that'd rub on the lower edge of the carbide insert if the cut was less than a millimetre or so. Any road up, I substituted my own setup using another tipped boring bar. I found I could take 4mm depth of cut, with a generous suds flush giving - most of the time - a well-broken discontinuous chip flow. Reminded me of some of the work I did in my 20s, back in the mid-'70s.

The things still took me over half an hour each, and it was fiddly getting the depth right on the Ward, probably because I don't know how to set the saddle stops. I think t'other volunteer does, but I doubt he'd be happy to have his brains picked. Anyway, the bits are done, and although it was interesting, by the time I was finished I was glad to see the back of 'em.

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