Mill Creek Central - Valley Division - II - back yard live steam track train locomotive railroad
More Mill Creek Central :
My 260 live steam locomotive on a nice scenic journey at Mill Creek
Central. This is part two: Valley division.
A lot of live steam action.
Two miles of track (half of total). Many buildings, side lines, geant yard.
One of the best in the nation.
Track is 7.5" gauge 1.5" scale.
Reference: live steam 3
Swanton Pacific Railroad Live Steam 19" gauge
Swanton Pacific Railroad owned by Cal Poly University, featuring Pacifics
built by Louis MacDermot for the 1915 Panama Pacific Exposition in San
Francisco, CA. Now residing in Swanton, CA on the former ranch of Al
Smith, proprietor of Orchard Supply Hardware.
SUGAR CANE NARROW GAUGE TRAIN, MAUI vs KLR650
A rare view of an ancient Narrow Gauge oil burnin' steam locomotive as we
race the "Sugar Cane Train" on Maui on the KLR650 at a whopping 10 mph as
she lets off some steam.
Interview with the first female engineer to run the train.
A look behind the scenes back at the shop to see what it takes to keep a
small railroad going.
Mini Acres RR - 7.5" guage locomotive
This was the first locomotive tested on the first section of track at Mini
Acres RR. The locomotive is a 1.5" scale 7.5" gauge diesel replica powered
by a gasoline engine over hydraulic system. In this clip you can see this
diesel being driven on about 700' of completed track including a pass
through a 120' tunnel.
How to Fire A Live Steam Ruby
This video explores the basic concepts and methods to operate a Live Steam
Ruby from Accucraft. Many of the ideas are central to all live steam
locomotives in this scale and can be applied to other engines.
Although I have customized my Ruby you will find that it still has the same
concepts as a basic as-shipped Ruby from Accucraft.
Emphasis is placed on good preparation and we explore the materials needed
for a successful run of a live steam locomotive.
Each item and method mentioned has a reason for it such as there is a
reason that I put the steam oil in before the boiler water and I actually
have 5 or more brands of steam oil. The reasons for or against any
particular item or order of operations are beyond the scope of this
introductory video. If you have specific questions please ask them in the
comments section below. Perhaps, based on feedback, we may make future
videos that will explore some of these topics in greater detail.
Again, these discussions are purposely left out of this video to keep it on
topic with an introductory How-To guide. If you have years of experience
and own a dozen locos I would not be surprised to hear that you have
developed your own methods, but his video is intended for the newcomer.
As with all How-To videos on the Internet you are advised to take all
precautions necessary and that we are not liable for any damages that may
occur due to operation of any live steam locomotive. Always follow your
locomotive's directions from its manufacturer in order to continue to
receive support from them.
2.5" Scale Live Steam Locomotive
A few clips of engineer Reid Sipe behind MiniAcres RR #5, a wood-burning
2.5" scale 7.5" gauge live steam locomotive. This was taken in Apex, NC on
April 24, 2009.
5 inch Gauge Freelance 4-10-2 "Innovare" Live steam
"Innovare" is based on 9F running gear weighing in at 360 pounds which
gives the engine amazing pulling power. The boiler is silver soldered with
four one inch diameter superheater flues, 24 half inch diameter flue tubes
and a 100psi working pressure. Feed by twin injectors with steam-operated
water valves. Variable blast nozzle, with Exhaust diverter allowing the blast nozzle to be
by-passed under light load conditions, with the fire controlled entirely by
Cylinders are in cast iron with piston valves actuated by Walschaert's gear
with pole reverser in the cab. The reverser has notches for all forward
gear positions, with a hinged gate and interlocking lever which prevents
reverse being inadvertently engaged - all parts are in silver steel, heat
treated. There is a cylinder pre-heat valve in the cab.
Wheels run in needle roller bearings - there are no horn blocks, the axles
run in cannon boxes sandwiched between substantial frame spacers with
lateral control by a central spigot. The engine is comprehensively equipped
with lubricators, gathered into functional groups. The cab is
comrehensively fitted out and includes - along with the more usual controls
- lubricator line pressure gauge, external air blower valve (for starting),
vacuum limit valve, variable blast control, Exhaust diverter valve and hand pump stop valve.
There is a large chime whistle fitted horizontally under the locomotive
which produces a fine note.
Compensated vacuum braking to all coupled wheels, with vacuum ejector and
brake valve for train.
Steam in the Rockies - Eureka & Palisade 4-4-0 #4 on the Durango & Silverton
Now available on Blu-ray & DVD: Steam in the Rockies Vol. 1 - The Durango &
Eureka and Palisade 4-4-0 #4 runs for possibly the last time during the
2012 Railfest on the Durango and Silverton. An authentic 1875 Baldwin
built wood-burner, the 'Eureka' was lovingly restored to operation in 1991
by owner Dan Markoff. In 2013 the locomotive will be due for its FRA 15
year / 1472 day inspection and may not operate in Colorado again.
August 17-19, 2012
Live Steam Kid in HD
A friend's kid running my 0-6-0 Live Steamer (only after I've taken a test
lap myself on the rough, portable "lawn" track...) It's not often that I
get to be a passenger on my own train!
Here, in the beginning of the video, you can also see how easy it is to
transform one of my prototype-like wooden coaches to a passenger carrying
Also, some TIG welding of a truck for new rolling stock. Note how "clean"
TIG welding is - no smoke, sparks or slag - just melting and fusing the
steel pieces together...
Instead of subtitles, here's a short note about the audio:
At 1 min. 30 sec. or so we are talking about the water pumps and bypass
valves. I'm checking the water gauge, and my friend asks "Don't you trust
the pumps?" and I reply that I want to look at the setting of the bypass
valve. While TIG welding, I warn everybody not to look into the arc, and
that the video camera won't be damaged by it. When explaining to the older
boy how I am fusing the steel parts together, he replies, behind his mask:
"I can feel the heat"...
For more info about Live Steam, see my website:
Live Steam West Valley Consolidation 2-8-0 first steam trial
A friend's 2-8-0 that started as a pile of parts from a 30 year old group
build project by the West Valley Live Steamers. It is oil fired. In the
video you can observe unloading, filling of water and fuel, oiling around,
firing up and running. The ballast hoppers were partially full of sand
for a heavy load. It had no problem pulling them. There are some fire
issues, piston valve blowby issues, timing issues and a few other bugs to
work out but it ran the first time. Tests were carried out at the
Sagebrush Short Line Railroad in Ridgecrest, CA.