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12-26-2019 04:12 PM
Mike Toney I tore the engine down to a bare rolling chassis today, straighted the bent frame rails and reassembled the chassis, checking for binds and squareness along the way at several stages. took this pic before refitting the boiler to the chassis. The way the frame was bent, which started halfway between the two axles, threw the timing off as one cylinder was moved toward the rear and the other pulled forward. So while it would run, it was choppy at slow speed. After the steam test a few min ago, she is smooth running, all the way down to the peg on the steam gauge as I let pressure get used up after shutting off the gas. Once she cools down, I will refit the cab and swap out the scale knuckle coupler on the front for a LGB one as that is what all of our rolling stock uses other than the logging cars that are link and pin. Mike
12-24-2019 07:32 AM
zubi Mike, that magazine photo was nice, I have never seen it before, I could recognise Ian although I saw him only a couple of years ago for the first time. Thank you for posting it and best wishes of Merry Christmas, Zubi
12-23-2019 08:54 PM
Mike Toney it might load better now, I took away those pics from the magazine, those seem to throw things off when the page loaded.
12-23-2019 08:46 PM
Dave Meashey Winn;

Mike does not resize his photos, so depending upon the speed of your system's internet link, they can take a very long time to load. While they are still loading, the pages stay oversized. Once the photos have all loaded, the page size should normalize.

Hope this helps,
David Meashey
12-23-2019 07:54 PM
placitassteam what is going on with this thread that causes the page to be so wide that I have to move it back and forth to read it?
12-23-2019 12:33 PM
Mike Toney I swapped in my spare Roundhouse jet and that seem to help. It had a #6 in it and if you turned it up very high it would really howl. The Roundhouse jet, probably whatever they use stock in their burners, seems to be able to be turned up to a higher setting without the howl or shrieking noise the #6 was doing. On the final run on the rolling road, once she hit safety valve pressure, she only dropped about 10psi when I got her running and it seemed to hold that pressure fairly well. I also rebuilt both cylinders as I foiund that both piston head O rings were falling apart and had chunks missing from them. I suspect that timing is a bit out on one side from the kinked frame. I need to figure out how to get the boiler completely off the frame so I can bend things back into alignment.The steam line at the front is whats keeping the boiler in place after the screws are removed. I love the model and hope to add a Colorado if one ever comes up for sale. I am also getting an Aster Climax out of that estate(thank you FCA contract bonus!). Will have to see how I like that model or if I use that as trading fodder for a Colorado. I wouldnt mind having 3 Pearse models as I have a nice stash of parts for them from Anything Narrow Gauge in the UK.
12-23-2019 12:12 PM
chooch Mike, I've owned my Pearse Colorado (which I also purchased from Bob O.) since I believe the mid 90's. I've always called her "Old Faithful" because she has hardly ever let me down. If you are having trouble keeping pressure up, I believe Jason Kovack has gas jets in larger sizes that may help.
One interesting story I have is a while back one side was out of time and not only did it not sound good, it had slightly decreased power. No matter what I did, I could not get the timing correct. So, I brought it to Diamondhead for some help from Norm Saley but instead saw Ian had come that year. I fired up the loco for him to see run and asked what he thought I needed to do. He pointed to one of the side rods, said to losen the retaining nut and move the rod in a specified direction a few degrees. I did exactly what he said and have never had a problem since. I could not believe just by watching the loco run for less than a minute he could decipher the fix to that extent.

I have always loved that engine and doubt I would ever let her go from my stable.
Good luck with yours. I know your wife will enjoy running her!
12-22-2019 05:16 PM
Mike Toney Here is a short video of her running on the railway for the first time. Just a short run and thankfully she didnt stall on the far size where the yard is just mud right now. She is still very very slow to build pressure, it holds ok once the steam stop valve is opened, but drops quickly to around 20psi when running. Everything down to the cylinders themselves is steam tight, with no external leaks from cylinder heads, rod glands or the lines from the reversing block to the cylinders. So once she cools, I am going to take the cylinders apart to see what the O rings look like, maybe getting blowby there. Mike
12-21-2019 03:23 AM
Mike Toney More progress on the old Pearse Switcher. Got the RC all done with front and rear lights lighted.custom cut vinyl decals made by a friend installed. Still need to repair the broken roof hinge, the rear arm is broken off/missing. I need to make a duplicate of the front arm and solder it to the roof bracket so the roof will stay on while running. I replaced the scale couplers with a LGB one at the rear and a Bachmann one in link pocket on the pilot beam. Both are hooked up to the cut levers and function just like the real ones. Track test and hopefully a video tomorrow while she is off at work. Mike
12-20-2019 01:50 PM
Mike Toney Thanks Sam and Zubi. Here is a pic of an ad from the Sept/Oct 1999 issue of STiG with a younger Ian Pearse with the late Bob Osterhoudt of Rio Pecos and the Sierra Nevada model in the bumblebee scheme(photo credit goes to Fran Osterhoudt). I still hope to add the Colorado to the stable if one ever comes up for sale. Ian said very few of the Nevada's got made, so I dont have much faith one of those will turn up for sale. The second pic is the Rio Pecos ad for the Switcher. Bob also helped get me started in live steam back in the early 1990s. He was a great guy and fun to chat with on the phone(pre internet era). When I got my engine from Bob back then, he sent me a Rio Pecos "Steam Team" T shirt. I still have it and it only gets worn to steam ups I am amazed I can still fit in it consideirng i got the shirt in my late teens and I am 46 now.
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