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Hello everybody!
Well the pirates are getting restless! Now they have stolen, I mean acquired a 1912 C-cab Ford oil tanker. Who knows what they are thinking! They'll probably want to build a small fast hauler to get their "ill gotten booty" to the hideout in the mine.

I decided a while back that I really wanted to build a C-cab railtruck. Goes back to my hot-rod and drag racing roots. Anyway I started collecting parts for this at Diamondhead in January. The truck is a 1/24 scale die cast bank I found on E-Bay. I plan to use the cab and front fenders only. Here is the basic truck.

And here are the parts I will use.


The original idea was to use a Midwest Heritage boiler and engine that I picked up as a kit at the flea market at Diamondhead. I put the kit together and talked to several steamers about it. While it runs good and is kind of fun, it just does not have the power I am looking for. I got a lot of advice from Harry Wade about the boiler and decided to leave the kit intact as a stationary engine.

So I built my first boiler, actually as I write this, I am building my first boiler. I am waiting for a few supplies to arrive before I finish the boiler. It is a vertical boiler about the same size as the one in the Midwest kit, but is much thicker materials. I used 2 inch type L tubing for the body. Using the post from Larry Herget on his coal-fired Ruby construction, (found in the "Informative Threads Index" here in My Large Scale under Live Steam) I formed the flanged ends from 1/16 thick copper sheet. I turned a hardwood former for this and used a c-clamp instead of doing it on my lathe. I decided to add "hedgehog spikes" to help the heating process. I did the boiler work late nights after working all day and did not take pictures while building it. It is all soldered with 70% silver solder. (1275 F melt) I will be building a gas burner for it and will try and take pictures as I go.
So now I was needing to decide on the power for the truck. I had these two 10mm Ruby cylinders left over from the Mason project. (I upgraded it to 1/2 inch cylinders) Problem was, I had no valves for them. I thought about building a valve for one of them and using a single cylinder for power. I looked hard at whether I could machine a piston valve accurately enough to work. On the advice of a friend I called and talked to Dave Hottmann about this. On Dave's advice I called Cliff at Accucraft and checked on getting a valve. I now have a complete valve assembly coming, both sides and the reverser valve. This of course started me thinking about using both cylinders and having a truck that could pull a car or two. Hmmmm. So this is where I am right now.

What to do? As you might guess by now I am not planning this thing at all. I have no prototype, no pictures and no drawings. Seems to be more fun this way. Don't know yet what wheel arrangement or wheels or anything else yet. More to come !

redbeard AKA Larry Newman SA #1956
 

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I got the first of the videos from Diamondhead today. Here is a clip with the railtruck pulling 20 cars. THANK YOU Jim Sanders ! ! !




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I can't believe it is March already! I have not worked on anything steam powered since I put up the small track.....til today ! The only real issue I had with the truck at Diamondhead was the amount of water it dribbled out on the track. Every time I ran the truck I chased it with rags. So as much as I liked the novelty of the "tailpipe" I have opted for a cleaner running truck. So I moved the exhaust to the flue. I built a brass sleeve to keep the pipe centered and then ran copper to the sleeve. Just ran it in the dark to check it out, and it got rid of the "wet track" problem. Here are a couple of pictures of the exhaust tubes. From the "chain side";


and from the "flywheel side";

I need to do a little "tuning" but it works pretty well already.

More to come !


redbeard AKA Larry Newman SA #1956
 

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"Larry, How about bringing the truck up here this week so we can see how it does in the snow. I'm sure we can rig a plow for it! Maybe I could use that hot water dribble as an ice melter???

Larry--the one in Vermont under the snow."

Larry,
IF.....that's a BIG IF you got me to Vermont in the winter, you would run me off real fast.( you couldn't stand the complaining) Diamondhead (yes the Steam-up one) is too far north for me in the winter. Once every 15-20 years we get a little snow here, I get out of bed and look out the window at the white stuff and get back in the bed! I do not like cold weather. But the truck might like it better than I do. I ran it last night here when it was about 40 and it ran fine.

redbeard AKA Larry (the one under the covers in Florida) SA #1956
 

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Hi Everybody!
It's been a while since I have had any "steam time", but I got in a little this evening. To prepare for the water car I moved the steam line to the gauge to free up a fitting in the boiler to inject water. Hard to see in the picture but it is plugged right now. Ran it for a while today, I need to work on the blast pipe still. Anyway here is a picture of the re-routed gauge line. (also got the gauge down into the bed a good bit)



That's it for today, hopefully some more time tomorrow.
redbeard AKA Larry Newman SA # 1956
 

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I finally got the new decals on ! WOW ! Thanks again Stan Cedarleaf ! Here are a couple of shots (while the clear-coat is still wet).




redbeard AKA Larry Newman SA # 1956
 

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Thanks Carl!
Here is one more shot of the T-1 Railtruck running. I think that she is finished now, so unless there are any unplanned changes this will finish this log. Time to get rolling on the next one ! Keep watch for what the pirates come up with next !


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Hi everybody!
I did not expect to be posting anything else to this log......but here we go. I borrowed a camera to take pictures and while learning how to use it I took a video of the T-1 on my test track. So here is I hope a better video than I could do before.
 

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Hi Jerry,
The reason for the "borrowed" camera was to take higher resolution pictures for an article in SitG. I still have not finished it so I am not sure when it might happen. (soon I hope!)
Larry
 

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Dragging up a post from the past!
The only real issue I have had with the railtruck since I finished it has been the filler valve for the fuel tank. The valve I used was an un-vented valve from an inexpensive butane mini-torch. The valve worked well but as it was not vented the only way i could be sure to fill the tank all the way, was to crack open the fuel valve and fill the tank until I heard liquid coming from the burner. Since the tank is lower than the burner, this meant I was always starting with an over-full fuel tank. This made for some odd lighting procedures where it appeared that I was setting the whole truck on fire. This year at Diamondhead, Richard Jacobs had Accucraft filler valves in the dealer room.....so I decided to take care of this problem. And here it is 5 months later and I am installing the valve. Jim Sanders from Wee Bee Loco made me an adapter to put the valve in my tank. Thanks Rich and Jim! Here is a picture og the new valve installed and the old valve on the left.



Movie shortly!
Larry
 
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