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This is the business end of the John Deere with the
T-41. The switches are; main power, engage starter
and ignitor, and fuel by-pass to spool-up engine. The
gauges are; tachometer in percent, exhaust gas
temperature, and oil pressure. The old hour meter
is mounted below. The petcock on far right is the
throttle control as such. Rather than tear into the
governor I am using a pressure tap off one of the
compensator lines to reduce RPM. It seems to work
OK. The RPM can be reduced to 65% by opening
the petcock, besides it blows a nice refreshing
breeze in your face on a hot summer day.
This is my latest project, finished in the winter of
2000. It is a 1 inch scale model of a steam powered
traction engine. I do not know who built it or how old
it really is. In restoring it, I discovered that it was
built with machine screw sizes no longer available.
It is very detailed, having a working governor, clutch,
and a mechanical water feed pump. It has reverse
gear and cylinder blowdown valves, all operated
from the workman's platform. It also has two steam
whistles and a mechanical oiler. I have been running
it on 50 psi pressure and it seems to work quite well.
I built this ten-wheeler (4-6-0) locomotive in 1989.
It is crude but functional. No fake rivets or any
special decorative touches, but runs quite well.
The construction had been started with one cylinder
complete and the frame and main drive wheels
finished. The plans and all other parts were missing.
I purchased pieces of cast iron from a local scrap
yard to machine out the other missing cylinder and
other parts. At the scrap yard I was given a sledge
hammer and directions to where large pieces of cast
iron lay with instructions to break off what I needed,
but I would have to pay for the sledge hammer
handle if I were to break it. This engine weighs
100 lbs. and has 33 flues of 3/8 in. diameter.
This is an H.J. Coventry designed locomotive kit of
a B&O D-4 switch engine (0-6-0). Construction was
started in 1960 and finished by me in 1991 due to the
illness of the original builder. It is a very detailed
engine with steam injector and optional power
reverse. Unfortunately it's light weight of 75 lbs.
prevents it from hauling my big butt around my track.
This is my favorite steamer. It is a 4-6-4 Hudson
and weighs 140 lbs. It was built in the 1950's and
ran regularly at a nearby club track. The popularity
of 3 1/2 in. gauge railroading waned in favor of
larger scale, so there are few tracks of that gauge
left in my area. This engine has a super-heater,
steam injector, and a two cylinder boiler feed pump.
This is a cab view of the Hudson. The controls are
as follows starting from the left; oiler for boiler
pump, valve to control boiler feed pump, valve to
control steam injector, little valve to operate stack
blower to aid in draft, pressure gauge, water level
sight glass, throttle (arc shaped device in corner),
and reversing gear (lever with little notches). The
fire box doors are shown in the open position. The
engine runs at 90 p.s.i.. The tender carries a supply
of coal and water and has an emergency hand
operated boiler feed pump inside water tank.


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