When I built #10, one of the innovative and useful ideas was to create both running boards out of a single large piece of brass. This helped me get the boiler level relative to the running boards, and since Pembroke is not an incline railway, a level boiler is desirable. I’ve planned the same approach with the virtual model of #622. Interestingly, using the Finish … Continue reading Sheet metal construction fixtures
I’ve been experimenting with OnShape sheet metal models to produce patterns for etching parts. Being designed for ordinary bending processes, OnShape is not directly applicable, but I think it is close enough for my purposes. Here are the sheet metal model parameters that I have found work in OnShape to produce drawings that match the recommendations for etching. Thickness = material thickness Bend radius .0004″ … Continue reading Using OnShape to create etching patterns in InkScape
Demolition starts tomorrow, and that is somewhat incompatible with fine models. So today, they all went into boxes. Most of my stock fits into some old cookie tins from Christmases past, which are now sadly devoid of cookies, but perfectly shaped for hold HO scale rolling stock. Some ancient rubber foam separates each piece, and for things like box cars, I feel they are pretty … Continue reading Packing away
The waters have subsided, and we have three fridge-sized dehumidifiers running 24/7 in the basement. My emotions have also subsided – there is nothing quite like three evenings of digging holes in the glacial til to promote philosophy. The insurance adjuster hasn’t yet decided if they will cover the losses – it comes down to a question of flood or seepage. Honestly, they should have … Continue reading Update on the Flood
It is raining to make Noah look skyward. This morning we awoke to water in the basement for the first time since we moved in over 15 years ago. OnSide Restoration arrived around ten and declared the floor is ruined and will have to be replaced. That floor is under everything. It is under the cabinets I built in the heavy shop this summer. It … Continue reading Could be the end of Pembroke
It seems like ages since I went for an operating weekend anywhere. However, there are some trips that you simply can’t pass up, and the last opportunity to operate on Al Frasch’s Pilchuck Division was one of those. So this Saturday, seven of us stole across the border at 7:30 AM, counting our blessings that border security is an essential service, unaffected by the US … Continue reading Seattle Roadtrip!
Tonight I cut some spokes in one of my test wheels. I was most interested to see if the wheel gets floppy if you take away most of the material in the centre to replace it with plastic. It doesn’t. But I tell you what: fretting out the spokes is hard work! On this small wheel, it’s nearly impossible to get anything into the holes … Continue reading Dave Booth is a demon with a jewellers’ saw