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After waiting 10 days for the US to finally decide to get the engine to my house from the Canadian border, I have my AML USRA 0-6-0!
I opened it up last night and took a look at it. the wife took a look too.  then I put it back in the box and wrapped it up with christmas paper.  I put it under the tree.  I had a coworker write a letter of apology from Mr. C about how it was late for Christmas.  This way the kids will understand.  Nicholas got his LGB Amtrak Phase V, he was upset on christmas day when after everything was opened, I didnt have the steam engine I asked for.  I just told him that I must not have been good enough to get it.  8yr olds are so gullable.  


So the kids are home with the wife and they are waiting for me to get home tonight to open the big box that santa delivered last night after he found the box "in the back room".  My wife asked nicholas what he thought could be in the box, and he told her that it must be the steam engine I asked santa for.  darn kid is too slick sometimes.


So, I have some steam oil, I need to get some butane and distilled water, and what else should i get?


I will take some pics tonight if anyone is interested.


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Make sure to lube all the moving parts! I use steam oil lots of the time but any lightweight oil should work. Don't forget to turn it upside down and get the parts inside the frames.

Also you will need a lighter of some kind. HAVE FUN!
 

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I just told him that I must not have been good enough to get it


Nice trick, but how did you turn around and get good enough? [:)]

Make sure to lube all the moving parts


Ordinary oil will do in apinch, but your hardware store should also have 'turbine oil', designed for motor bearings, etc. (The 'etc' = model steam engine axles, rods, etc.)
 

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Well Kevin, did Santa finally come afterall?
 

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Hi, Kevin - congrats on the new engine! When you've a chance, it would be great to see some pics. I'm about to cull my collection of electric engines and am considering the 0-6-0 as a potential stablemate to my accucraft shay. thanks!
 

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Well, What I told my son is that I figured that I must have not been good enough this year to get my 0-6-0, but I guess Santa decided that no matter what I thought, it was really his decision and that he decided I was just fine.




Ok, so I finally got pics taken.
so here they are.....




































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So, there they are....
I am disappointed in the instruction booklet.  its instructions are I think better suited for someone who has run/owned live steamers before.  
I understand that I am to add the fuel, then oil, then water.  BUT they lack a diagram labeling all the different items on the engine and tender.


for example, they make no mention as to WHERE to add the oil.  in which holding tube do you add that?
I understand that you add the water to the tender, that its a warm bath for the fuel, but that is NOT where the water for boiling goes, correct?  although in pic 9 and 10, there appears to be a connection for a water source tube.  Am I right here?
I believe I will add the water to the boiler in the valve in pic  7


the documentation fails to fully explain the two plastic control knobs and EXACTLY what they do.  I have an idea, but it would be so nice to have confirmation from documentation.


So, for now, I will sit on my hands, look around for butane fuel, anyone want to let me know where they get theirs?  and hope that someone from the NHGRS wants to lend a hand to a newbie.
 
And, yes that middle driver is blind, I was a bit disappointed, but after thinking about it, I am fine with it.
I tested it out on the floor with some spare track, it will negotiate a 5' DIA curve as advertised.  BUT, its not happy with it.  not because of the wheel arrangement....but because of detail parts on the back of the cab hitting the tender.  The hand rails on the back of the cab, will actually hit the tender as it goes around the curve.  I was really surprised, even at the second drawbar hole.  
Now, with the cab roof removed, the engine WILL navigate a 4' DIA curve.  with the cab roof, the corners strike the vertical side plates on the tender, the ones seen in pic 8.  I have in my mind the plans to cut these side plates off to some degree as I see no real use for them.  they might be there because the proto has them, but they make it very difficult to get the fingers in there if the cab roof is on.  plus if i cut them back I can use all my 4 sidings in the layout, this will be really nice seeing one is perfect for setup and cooldown.


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Tender
Control- large black knob: gas valve
-other unused barb can be used for a steam heater line to warm the water bath

Cab- Large black knob: throttle
-to left of that is the slotted plug/cap tube for oil
-center above the black throttle is the slotted plug/cap to unsrew for water into the boiler

Gas: order from our sponsor Royce along with a filler valve for good price
Until then could use Ronson gas container or find a sporting goods store for 70/30 mix but need a filler valve.
 

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You can get fuel at Academy in the camping department where gas stoves and lamps are located. You will; however, need an adapter. Academy is just a suggestion. You probably can find it at Wal Mart or at boating supply stores.

Another suggestion is drugstores where you can get Ronson Butane for cigarette lighters. This is a little expensive but you will not need a adaptor.

I also suggest you take a look at the thread "Diamond Head Steam Up - Fuel" which I found on page 2 of this fourm.
 

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Charles-
Thanks for the info.  So I dont do anything with the valve in pic 7?  ok


too bad that barb is not used for water supply.  Now, the website does mention a optional water pump.  I have not looked into that, but wouldnt that be used in the tender and force water to the boiler?


I will look for Royce.



Posted By Charles on 01/05/2009 8:54 AM
Tender
Control- large black knob: gas valve
-other unused barb can be used for a steam heater line to warm the water bath
 
Cab- Large black knob: throttle
-to left of that is the slotted plug/cap tube for oil
-center above the black throttle is the slotted plug/cap to unsrew for water into the boiler
 
Gas: order from our sponsor Royce along with a filler valve for good price
Until then could use Ronson gas container or find a sporting goods store for 70/30 mix but need a filler valve.
 

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The seventh photo is the safety valve. Sometimes it might need to be adjusted but you will have to determine the release point of boiler pressure (blows off) in coordination with the pressure gauge.

Yes, now that you mention the "extra", so that brass connection on the tender is for the hand pump that can be retrofitted into the tender to pump water allowing for extended run when one is stopping to refill gas/water (of course you know you cannot take off the in cab cap to add water when the boiler is hot/underpressure- would result in the old radiator trick).
 

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Kevin, any chance you'll be able to make the NHGRS meeting in Manchester this Friday? If so, bring the engine along for show-and-tell! I will be there, along with several other live steam guys from the group so we can answer your questions and give you some pointers.
 

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ok, safety valve, I was wondering where that was.
things are getting clearer.


I might have forgotten the whole radiator trick.  thanks for mentioning it, as it does of course make complete sense, but something that could easily be forgotten.


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Posted By Charles on 01/05/2009 9:53 AM
Kevin
The seventh photo is the safety valve.  Sometimes it might need to be adjusted but you will have to determine the release point of boiler pressure (blows off) in coordination with the pressure gauge.
 
Yes, now that you mention the "extra", so that brass connection on the tender is for the hand pump that can be retrofitted into the tender to pump water allowing for extended run when one is stopping to refill gas/water (of course you know you cannot take off the in cab cap to add water when the boiler is hot/underpressure- would result in the old radiator trick).
 
 
 

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Posted By rwjenkins on 01/05/2009 10:11 AM
Kevin, any chance you'll be able to make the NHGRS meeting in Manchester this Friday? If so, bring the engine along for show-and-tell! I will be there, along with several other live steam guys from the group so we can answer your questions and give you some pointers.

Making it to manchester this friday will be tough.  I am pretty close to you guys, but Manchester is still a 2hr drive.  
I do want to join your club, I have already informed the wife and told her that we will be going to the milford show in march.  hopefully as club members.
I am not sure how it all works out.


maybe I can make it to the meeting via video conference.....


Kevin
 
 

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to left of that is the slotted plug/cap tube for oil



As we had a short discussion about oiling, I should point out that this is the reservoir for steam oil - the thick stuff (Royce has some.)  You have to remove water from the bottom of this after every run and make sure it is full before each run.  Your photos show there is a 'drain' under the LH side of the cab, but I can't tell if it is a 'blowdown' (like the C-16, see manual below) or a drain for the steam oil reservoir. 


Water goes in the boiler through the slotted plug/cab in the front center of the boiler.  Remove a little after you fill it completely - and use distilled water in the boiler (your local supermarket probably sells 'steam distilled water'; just the ticket.


You don't need water in the tender around the butane tank unless the weather is very cold or very hot.  A warm water bath will help stabilize the butane temp, but in normal weather you should be OK. 

P.S. Accucraft has a bunch of Manuals online. While I didn't see the 0-6-0 on the list, the C-16 Manual has all the controls photographed and labeled. [The C-16 has the steam oil reservoir under the running board, but operation is the same.]  I think you'll find it very informative.
http://www.accucraft.com/manuals/Manual-C16LS.htmhttp://www.accucraft.com/manuals/Manual-C16LS.htm
 

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Gas: order from our sponsor Royce along with a filler valve for good price
Until then could use Ronson gas container or find a sporting goods store for 70/30 mix but need a filler valve.


Another minor issue. Accucraft will tell you not to use the 'camping gaz' mentioned by Charles, as the gas tank isn't designed for the higher pressures. However, most of us have done it without incident, and the fuel works fine and is less finicky than pure butane.

The latter is readily available at your local Korean supermarket - they use it for cooking stoves.
 

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Posted By Pete Thornton on 01/06/2009 8:11 AM
to left of that is the slotted plug/cap tube for oil



Your photos show there is a 'drain' under the LH side of the cab, but I can't tell if it is a 'blowdown' (like the C-16, see manual below) or a drain for the steam oil reservoir.





That is the drain for the lubricator. At the end of your run, when there is still some pressure left in the boiler, close the throttle and put the J-bar in neutral. Open the drain a turn or two, place a paper towel / rag / can under there and open the throttle. This will blow the reminants out of the lubricator. Close the drain. Then you can fill the lubricator again by opening the top and filling with steam cylinder oil.

Of course you should always verify your lubricator is full before a run.
 

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One more thing.... Always make sure your engines throttle is closed while cooling. When a boiler cools it will create a vacuum that can "pull" oil out of the lube and into the boiler.
 
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