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07-24-2020 12:12 PM
Pete Thornton
Originally Posted by Brad Mugleston View Post
Donít want to sidetrack your post but I was just wondering how you fixed your old track? Iíve got about 200 feet that breaks if you look at it to hard.
Brad, I don't want to appear a curmudgeon, but it isn't really polite to "hijack" a thread by asking about something of different relevance. It's very easy to start a new thread in the 'track' forum.
07-23-2020 08:26 PM
Brad Mugleston Don’t want to sidetrack your post but I was just wondering how you fixed your old track? I’ve got about 200 feet that breaks if you look at it to hard.
07-20-2020 12:48 PM
Dave Meashey Regarding cylinder oil, I suppose in a pinch melted sheep's fat would do. It was used on the early locomotives, which is why oil cups and oiling cans are called "tallow pots" in steam era railroad jargon. Might be a bit hard to find, and a bit pungent, though.

Have fun, David Meashey
07-20-2020 09:30 AM
rfer Thanks guys, this is great information!

07-20-2020 09:21 AM
Pauli Of course one should use steam-oil. But if you are temporarily out of it, using normal car crancase oil is ok, until you get the right stuff. Even Aster wrote so in their instructionsfor my P8 / BR38. ( I would go for mineral, but seriously, probably even cooking oil or whatever, would do.)

Aso the water has a lubricating effect. Though running a completetly new engine without oil, is a bad idea, in my opinion.

Also, running on air for any extended time, without oil, makes me uneasy. During assembly, one normally puts some oil in the cylinders, so a bit of testrunning on dry air, is ok.
07-20-2020 09:18 AM
bille1906 One thing I didn't mention is that for reverse admission, the Accucraft timing setting is done with the piston in front dead center and not rear dead center
07-20-2020 09:17 AM
rfer Bill, no problem with printing the manual, thanks so much!

Pete, thanks for the oil links!

07-19-2020 02:23 PM
Dwight Ennis
Originally Posted by Pete Thornton View Post
So I google it and it turns out Dwight has it stored on his website:
BUT his whois record is out-of-date so the website is suspended.
This has been corrected. Thanks again Pete for the heads-up.
07-19-2020 01:48 PM
Pete Thornton
Is steam oil proprietary or can a substitute be found in the automotive section?
Autos do not run on steam, so you can't find proper steam oil in an auto parts store. DO NOT use any auto oil in a steam engine lubricator.

It is a generic product, but only available from steam locomotive suppliers.
Accucraft sell it: AP28-203 for $5
Another source is The Train Dept:

I found a pint can and it has lasted me many, many years. I do have a small bottle for actually filling the lubricator so it gets refilled as needed from the can.
07-19-2020 01:42 PM
bille1906 Sorry it is upside down but you should be able to print it

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