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A popular cocktail of the 40s, the "High Ball" was named after a railroad term

   Possible upcoming "Old Wives Tales"

  • Cold water boils faster than hot water.

  • Casey Jones while speeding to make up lost time crashed but stayed with his train so he could apply the brakes until the very end saving many lives.

  • Adding cold water to a hot boiler will make it explode.

  • The vortex from a passing train can suck a person onto the tracks.

  • A coin placed on the tracks up against the locomotive wheel will keep it from moving.

Do you have any "Old Wives' Tale" questions you need answered? We might add them to the list.
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If you purchased a locomotive (not steam) in the past 36 months, I want to hear from you.

If you're happy or even if you're not happy with your locomotive, I want to hear about it.  I'll ask you questions like:

  • Was the manufacturer easy to reach?

  • Did your locomotive arrive on time?

  • Did you have problems with it?

  • Was it worth the money?

Email me to request your "Satisfaction Survey" now (in the text of your email type the word "survey".   This survey covers completed, ready-to-run locos only.  No kits or "home built" units please.

 

 


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Issue 206

A Riveting Article
or how to set rivets without going crazy


by Adam C. Madlinger

One of the more common techniques required when building models of the steam and early diesel era is riveting, or "setting” rivets. The railroads loved rivets, and for good reason: rivets are stronger than bolts in applications where high shear forces exist; that is, forces perpendicular to the shaft that tend to cut, or shear, the fastener in half. Even today, rivets are still used in industrial applications, especially in aviation.

Indeed, we are very fortunate in the hobby that rivets are still commonly used, as there are several vendors available to supply the perfect size rivets for our applications, as well as tools that make installing rivets relatively easy. Moreover, there are even products readily available that look exactly like rivets but work like nails, a great feature when trying to simulate a riveted look when it is not necessary, or perhaps not desired, to actually rivet the components together.

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By Laurence Johnson
 

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