Pikes Peak Region Live Steamer

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Jan 20, 2007

 

This report covers a meeting of the Pikes Peak Region Live
Steamers society held at Mark McDade's shop in Fredrick, Colorado on
Saturday the 20th of January.

Despite the snow and unplowed streets a dedicated few appeared at
Mark McDade's house in Frederick at 10:00 AM, Saturday morning. But all
was warm and comfortable inside and the coffee was waiting! Present were
Mark, Steve Koschman, Don Evezich, Paul Blankenau, Chuck Bruckman
and Bill Williams.
Mark started off by presenting his recomended reading list of
books, catalogs, and magazines for those people starting off in the HSM
hobby.
From there he proceeded with an introduction to Computer Aided Design
software useful to the beginning machinist. A demonstration of his
suggested (free) startoff software followed. The example was a
lenseholder in Delrin requiring two operations in the lathe and one in
the mill And he made using the software look easy!
A break for lunch followed which also included a discussion of
the steps required in starting such an operation. This was of keen
interest as the majority of those present were either running such
businesses or were in the process of starting one!
At this point we adjourned to his garage where he has a
remarkable selection of machine tool; many with Numerical Control.
Machining processes on the lenseholder; an actual deliverable part; were
shown both on the CNC lathe and then on the CNC mill. As a final step he
demonstrated the use of his numerical measuring station; the final step
in inspecting a finished part.
Back inside for a few final words and dessert and we trickled
out the door; having in all cases learned a great deal about a number of
subjects! We all are indebited to Mark and his wife for his efforts in
hosting such a great meeting!

 

Bill in Boulder, "Engineering as an Art Form!"

 

18 Nov, 2006

 

Ken, this message was forwarded from the Pikes Peak Region Live
Steamers meeting last Saturday. My annotations and additions are based
on conversation with Bill Musgrove afterwards!

The Pikes Peak Region Live Steamers met last Saturday, 18 Nov.
Four of us made it; Woody, two newcomers, and me. A veteran machinist
named Bill (Musgrove, long time CMES member!) gave us an interesting
talk about his broken fastener extraction process (Bill has been in the
EDM business for years) and provided us with several tricks of the
machinist trade (lath gib adjustment and tool sharpening tips) as Woody
turned his 2-1/2" scale Sweet Creek steam locomotive drivers. Later, I
built a flask and then created a mold for Woody's journal box casting.
Finally, we melted some ZA-12 and poured the casting, my first attempt.
While the casting didn't come out useable, it was a good learning
experience.
The next meeting of the PPRLS will be Saturday, December 16th,
tentatively again at my house. If someone else is interested in hosting
the December meeting, please let me know. I'd be as happy as a pig in
slop if someone would like to suggest an agenda and perhaps even provide
a demonstration or presentation of some kind. Otherwise, I'm gonna
continue working on my 2-1/2" scale D&RGW flat car trucks and share what
I'm learning along the way.
(PPRLS are focused on building and operating large (7 1/2" gage)
live steam locomotives in the Pikes Peak region. Several members have
their own track layouts, of substancial size in some cases. I would
recomend this organisation to any CMES member interested in this aspect
of the hobby. They are also following an interest in foundry work as a
method of making parts for their trains.)

Bill in Boulder, "Engineering as an Art Form!"

 


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