Discussion in 'G / O / S Scale Model Trains' started by Livesteam, Aug 26, 2004.
hi, is any one hear on the forums into live steam?
I'm into live steam. But I don't own any right now. There is something about live steam that draws me like a magnet. All live steam.
I am very into live steam i have a ride on one and i have some G scale live steam and soon will be getting an aster daylight.
I do not own any live steam G equipment, however, many of my friends do so I am having a live steam day on my Rookwood Central Railway this saturday, there will be at least six live steamers including a Shay running. so if you like Steam invite other owners over to your railway for a fun day, enjoy your trains!
Regards, Danny Sheehan in Oz.
Danny..........Are those going to be G scale ones?
I got into live steam this year and have started with a Accucraft Ruby 7. Easy to steam but only get runs of 12 mins.Have read of people getting 15 to 25 mins, how I ask? Any ruby owners out there who get long run times and how did you do it?
Livesteam, Yes all G guage live steam locos, including a Scratch built shay and a Baldwin "Puffing Billy" 2-6-2T.Also Marklin and Accucraft locomotives! Should be fun.
Regards, Danny Sheehan in Oz.
fasttrack.................. what kind of butane are you useing butane propane mix?? i used to hvae a ruby and i got about 20-25 min on it and do you have a good al valve?
cant find the edit button but, Danny, i hvae been into live steam for about 12 years now i have a few G scale live steam, and hopeing to order another engine soon. i go to a few meets in the summer inculding mine that i only live about 25 min away from.
Thanks for the reply using butane, I'm not very technical what's an al valve?
Fasttrack.... what alot of us are useing is a butane propane mix, it makes the engine more hot so durning colder running days it wont have alot of trouble, a good al valve replaces the normally filling of water, it is a valve that would go right where the water goes into the boiler, so a good al valve allows it while you still hvae the engine running you can refill the water with out shutting it down. now is your engine running out of butane? or is it just stoping but you still hear the butane going in?
Hi, I'm into live-steam. I like to work on them too. Well, if you do a search for "Ruby" you should be able to see some of my steam engine work. If you want more information, feel free to let me know.
Have a great Day,
do you just work on rubys?
Not just Rubys, all kinds of live-steam. It just seems most people have Mimi's or Rubys. The best upgrades are usually adding a water glass, check valve, or a goodall valve. My faverite is adding cylinder drain cocks. So far I've found about 5 different ways to add them to most engines. O, I forgot to tell about the pictures. The top one is a Mimi. It has cylinder drain cocks,blow down valve,blower valve, steam generator, pre-heat burner,2-tender mounted gas tanks and water tank in the tender, and a goodall valve. The second engine was a Ruby when it started, but now has been modified to a Mimi. It has cylinder drain cocks, goodall valve, steam generator,blower valve, and like most of my engines, misc cosmetic changes. The bottom picture was a Ruby, but now was made into a Forney. It has a water glass,check valve,steam generator,blower valve,and cylinder drain cocks. When I get more time I would like to convert it to burn Diesel fuel like some of my other Rubys.Sorry for the long post.
Have a great day,
That is just too cool! Don't mind me, if I'm green. So are they radio controled?
I was wondering if a system like a fireless engine has ever been tried. Do you know what I mean? Like an engine that is charged with superheated steam that is used by some industrys.
One more question. What do you think of those steam engines they are selling through Model Railroader mags. The ones that use the tracks to supply power to heat the water. What do you think of this system?
Hi, interesting post concering Ruby mods are they easy to do for a none mechanical person?
Hi, I live in the UK bought the Hornby 00 track powered live steam found it developed faults, got a replacement from Hornby, on this one the timing went out sent it back.Came back fixed after a few runs started failing again so after four months of frustration and visions of a large live steam layout I got my money back and have moved out into the garden. Bought a Ruby from the USA,it works out cheaper than buying from a dealer here,great little loco for starting out to see if live steam is for you,had no problems with it.My only gripe is I only get a max of 10 to 12 mins running ,I got 20 to 25mins out of the Hornby00.So without doing what for me would be major alterations to the loco I.e Propane/butane gas tank, water glass, maybe I should just trade up,call me lazy but I don't want to be messing about every 10 mins.
Tomsz............. can those option fit on any engine? and what is your E-mail so i can talk too you about this thanks
I've put in Radio Control gear, but I didn't like it as much. However, I still have them modified to use it, if I need it for a trian show. As for a superheater, the only one I have so far with that is a C-16 steam engine. I've heard good and bad about some of those track powered steam engines; but I think they will get better when they are not so new, I mean when more testing has been done.
Well I've had people say that I'm mechanical inclined, but I think with pratice anyone can work on a live-steam engine. Now please don't get me wrong, I've tried many different designs to get some of my modifications to work, some have taken years of trial and error. My advice would be to take your time and start with small modifications and work up to larger ones. Thats how I started. Remember its not nessarally hard, but it takes time and commitment. Give it a try, I think you will do a great job.If you need help, feel free to let me now and I'll try and help you. Sorry for the spelling errors. Also I make some parts for a local train shop for little stuff, such as fuel filler extensions right now, but we are working on maybe mods for engines that are done, like if you wanted to buy a Ruby with additions on it aready done and tested(such as if you wanted one with a water glass, or check valves, or even using a different burner, like instead of Butane, maybe one that uses Diesel fuel.) or maybe even convertion kits.
Some mods should work on most engines, But some are designed only for use on one type of engine. Most of it is custom, but some like a check valve can be added on any engine, now lets say a more complex burner system, such as converting a Ruby or Mimi to burn Diesel fuel or rubbing alcohol. That takes many modifications that depend on each other, like it needs to have a blower valve and a fuel system and a proper fire box and the right amount of burners depending on the size of the boiler. Well you can Email me if you want more details; or we can talk here, However, I talk here more then I check my emails, Well we should find out when we are all online at the same time. If you have more questions feel free to let me know.
Thank You for your time,
Thank You all for your time and support
I E-mailed you again Tomsz, Fasttrack.. how do you like that hornby live steam? and how much do those go for?
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