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Thanksgiving reflection

Ken Clark
 

Thanksgiving,
   For many of us is also the annual family reunion.  You can celebrate the memories from 
the past and reflect on what they taught you.  In my case I just accepted the fact
that each Thanksgiving we were at my mother's parents house and then the following
Saturday we had a Clark family reunion with my dad's parents.  For many years I just 
accepted the fact that we did a lot of driving, taking two Thanksgiving trips.
   It was oh so many years later that I realized the genius in that Clark family tradition.
All the Clark siblings had Thanksgiving with their spouses family and then had a
Thanksgiving weekend reunion with their parents.  By deferring to Saturday
we had two periods of Thanksgiving; we were luckier than most, even if some of us 
never realized it at the time.

Kenneth R. Clark
Chula Vista, CA 

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SPH&TS Convention booth

Ken Clark
 

This week I will have a booth (two tables) in the Vendors room during the SPH&TS convention Thursday, Friday, and Saturday.
I will be offering free evaluation of your DC scale models, diagnosing mechanical issues and advising on repair or upgrade options.
In addition if you have a DC motor in your parts box that you would like to know what it's 12 volt no load RPM is.  I will have a tachometer
with me and can provide you with 12 volt no load RPMs and current draw.

There may be other vendors selling model locomotives, I will have an 8 foot test track available to test HO/HOn3 models that you find for sale.

If you are planning to bring a model for testing drop me an e-mail (ken@...) so I can schedule your testing to guarantee a time slot.

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P.O. Box 212454
Chula Vista, CA 91921

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Re: [psrsandiego] OT- Thank You; Was: Assault? on my domain name

Ken Clark
 

Thank you to all who responded so quickly and in several cases in great detail.
Thank you to those who did in depth research and kept it off the group bandwith by directly replying to my e-mail address.
I apologize for not asking for replies to be sent to me directly.
The number of members responding quickly went to double digits despite the late hour in some parts of the world.
The assistance provided will allow me to address the situation.
Thanks again to all who provided such quick support


And to any moderators who I have agitated with this off-topic request for advice in disregard of your forum rules;
my only excuse is that I was confident the YahooGroups members would be able to provide assistance, which 
they did in a timely fashion.  That confidence caused me to violate some posting protocols in my haste to reach a
solution; as a YahooGroups moderator I set a poor example.

Kenneth R. Clark
P.O. Box 212454
Chula Vista, CA 91921




Assault? on my domain name

Ken Clark
 

All,
  Excuse this post on multiple forums.  For several years I have been hosting repowering guides and part of my Shasta Springs pictorial collection on my
domain name  www.shastasprings.com.  Shasta Springs was a resort on the Southern Pacific  RR North (RR East) of Dunsmuir, California.   The Shasta Water 
company bottled the spring water shipping it along the West Coast; eventually becoming the Shasta Beverage company withthe memorable slogan "It Hasta Be Shasta".
In 1952 the resort at Shasta Springs was sold to the St. Germaine Foundation and since then has been closed to the public.  In recent years the spring water from 
Mt. Shasta has become sought after for bottled water suppliers.  I have no personal connection with the the St. Germaine Foundation or the bottling companies in 
the Mt. Shasta area.  The only business connection with my domain is listing models I have for sale.  In the corporate scale of things, very small potatoes.

   Today I received an e-mail, Notice for "shastasprings, from a Service Company which is the domain name registration center in China (www.cnweb-registry.org) notifying me 
that the domain shastasprings is being registered in Asia and China by Huabao Ltd  of Shanghai.  Huabao Ltd is a world wide company with regional offices in the USA, 
Germany, Korea, and Africa.  The Notice asks me to "confirm whether this company is my distributor or business partner in China or not?

  My first inclination is caution; I don't want to lose my domain name with the wrong answer.  I have no affiliation with Huabao which in engaged in the R&D, production 
and sales of flavors and fragrances world wide.  Spring water from Mt. Shasta has recently been bottled by Dannon, CocaCola, Nestle and recently by Crystal Geyser, 
a California-based subsidiary of Japan's Otsuka Holdings.  I am not in the same corporate power class as these multi-nationals.  It seems that my domain name may
be a pawn in a multi-national marketing war and may have suddenly become more valuable.  Or I could  be a target of foreign hackers embedding ransomeware in e-mails.
Unlike e-mails from Nigeria all the links appear to be valid websites of international companies.

Thoughts on what to do?
 


Thanks,
Kenneth R. Clark
P.O. Box 212454
Chula Vista, CA 91921

Re: Arizona Hobbies??? Update

Ken Clark
 

I called Arizona Hobbies they are updating their computer system, changing servers and it has taken
longer than expected.  When completed their ordering page will provide real time inventory levels. 
Hopefully they will be online again by the weekend.

Kenneth R. Clark
P.O. Box 212454
Chula Vista, CA 91921

Previous message:
For the past several years I have been buying my railroad books from Arizona Hobbies.
Today I went on their website to buy some books and I got a message

 "Sorry, service is temporarily unavailable."

Anyone know if this firm  has closed its closed?


Kenneth R. Clark
P.O. Box 212454
Chula Vista, CA 91921

Arizona Hobbies???

Ken Clark
 

For the past several years I have been buying my railroad books from Arizona Hobbies.
Today I went on their website to buy some books and I got a message

 "Sorry, service is temporarily unavailable."

Anyone know if this firm  has closed its closed?


Kenneth R. Clark
P.O. Box 212454
Chula Vista, CA 91921

Re: [HOsteam] Re: [repowerandregear] Wet Rail controversy

Jon Miller
 

On 3/11/2016 6:33 AM, 'David J. Starr' dstarrboston@... [HOsteam] wrote:

I can remember an article on "wet rail" in Rail Model Craftsman from way back, 1960'
s I think.  It's not a new idea.  That article said that the kind of oil didn't matter, anything worked

    I use CRC 2-26 and while a cleaner it's not really a wet rail.  It's non-conductive and the carrier evaporates leaving the rail dry and clean with a protective coating.  I'm not sure if anyone has done an analyses of it but it's not to be considered wet rail.  The initial coating can leave the rail "damp" before the carrier dries and it can be a little slippery.

-- 
Jon Miller
For me time stopped in 1941
Digitrax  Chief/Zephyr systems, JMRI User
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Re: [repowerandregear] Wet Rail controversy

David J. Starr
 

I can remember an article on "wet rail" in Rail Model Craftsman from way back, 1960'
s I think.  It's not a new idea.  That article said that the kind of oil didn't matter, anything worked.  I think the oil reduced visible arcing at the wheels, but since I never tried oiling my track, I cannot be sure. 

On 3/10/2016 8:44 PM, Kenneth Clark kenrclark@... [repowerandregear] wrote:
All,
  On another Yahoo Group there has been a raging discussion for over a week on the inability of HO Brass steam locomotives to pull
prototypical length trains, especially passenger trains.  I participated on a limited basis because my personal collection didn't have
a similar problem.  When the prime antagonist mentioned used a KTM HO 4-8-4 as the primary example, I commented that was the 
opposite of my experience and referred him to my repowering guides.  Then he casually mentioned he was a "wet rail' enthusiast
and would never change.  I did reply that his 'wetting agent" reduced measurable friction as much as 50% in my experience and that
I would expect a similar reduction in a model's pulling power.  Another factor is that he installs "wheelset brakes" on all his equipment
(all his equipment is wiper lighted).  Since then I have been observing not participating.

   However it did certainly bring to light a rather classic naive assumption that is made when we discuss our repowering efforts.  And
that is Are we all playing with the same deck?  I know I am guilty of this; any guidance I provide is pretty much null and void if you oil 
your track to keep it slick and clean.  My experience with oil has been that it attracts, not repels, dust and dirt.  Another caveat to my 
advice is that subsequent installation of electronics can nullify any advantages gained.  If you have electrical current issues, pulling a
15 car passenger train with lights blazing like lighthouses on a foggy shore will not be compensated by a more efficient motor.

  Basically I am not buying into the 'wet rail' proposal; I haven't needed it and lubricating the rails should significantly impact the tractive effort
of our models.  Is "Wet Rails" a question we should be asking at the start of our discussions?  Maybe we should have a "Wet Rails"
discussion within this group?  For me this seemed to be a popular practice when it seemed everyone loved their Athearn Blue Box diesels 
with sintered iron wheels and high current draw motors that forced frequent cleaning of wheels and tracks.  In that environment 'wet rails'
may have worked for some.  But all that is ancient history for most of us.  Back in this era a major model RRing magazine published an
article stating that flywheels won't work in model steam locomotives (unlike diesels), because model diesels have worm and worm gear drives
while model steam locomotives have worm and worm gear drives.  I think my subscription lapsed shortly thereafter.

OK,  thoughts on WET RAILS?
  
Kenneth R. Clark
Moderator
and chief pot stirrer


Wet Rail controversy

Ken Clark
 

All,
  On another Yahoo Group there has been a raging discussion for over a week on the inability of HO Brass steam locomotives to pull
prototypical length trains, especially passenger trains.  I participated on a limited basis because my personal collection didn't have
a similar problem.  When the prime antagonist mentioned used a KTM HO 4-8-4 as the primary example, I commented that was the 
opposite of my experience and referred him to my repowering guides.  Then he casually mentioned he was a "wet rail' enthusiast
and would never change.  I did reply that his 'wetting agent" reduced measurable friction as much as 50% in my experience and that
I would expect a similar reduction in a model's pulling power.  Another factor is that he installs "wheelset brakes" on all his equipment
(all his equipment is wiper lighted).  Since then I have been observing not participating.

   However it did certainly bring to light a rather classic naive assumption that is made when we discuss our repowering efforts.  And
that is Are we all playing with the same deck?  I know I am guilty of this; any guidance I provide is pretty much null and void if you oil 
your track to keep it slick and clean.  My experience with oil has been that it attracts, not repels, dust and dirt.  Another caveat to my 
advice is that subsequent installation of electronics can nullify any advantages gained.  If you have electrical current issues, pulling a
15 car passenger train with lights blazing like lighthouses on a foggy shore will not be compensated by a more efficient motor.

  Basically I am not buying into the 'wet rail' proposal; I haven't needed it and lubricating the rails should significantly impact the tractive effort
of our models.  Is "Wet Rails" a question we should be asking at the start of our discussions?  Maybe we should have a "Wet Rails"
discussion within this group?  For me this seemed to be a popular practice when it seemed everyone loved their Athearn Blue Box diesels 
with sintered iron wheels and high current draw motors that forced frequent cleaning of wheels and tracks.  In that environment 'wet rails'
may have worked for some.  But all that is ancient history for most of us.  Back in this era a major model RRing magazine published an
article stating that flywheels won't work in model steam locomotives (unlike diesels), because model diesels have worm and worm gear drives
while model steam locomotives have worm and worm gear drives.  I think my subscription lapsed shortly thereafter.

OK,  thoughts on WET RAILS?
  
Kenneth R. Clark
Moderator
and chief pot stirrer

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Re: [HOsteam] Special detail for grade crossings

Roger T
 

Not this old joke, again?

Cheers

Roger T.

Re: [HOsteam] Special detail for grade crossings

cpvieville@yahoo.com
 

Thanks I needed a good laugh. Any idea of the location of such careful fire department


Sent from my Verizon 4G LTE Tablet


------ Original message------

From: Kenneth Clark kenrclark@... [HOsteam]

Date: Mon, Feb 15, 2016 10:16 AM

To: repowerandregear@...;HOsteam@...;

Subject:[HOsteam] Special detail for grade crossings




Special detail for grade crossings

Ken Clark
 



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Chula Vista, CA 91921

What Would You Do? - revised

Ken Clark
 


On eBay there is a brass steam loco that looks like it was delivered by UPS.
It has been crushed, is missing key parts like pilot, cylinders and probably cannot be
restored at a reasonable cost.  The model appears to be a NWSL/Toby
Rayonier #8 2-6-6-2T, first run.  It's listed as for parts or repair.

If you already have several NWSL/Toby 2-6-6-2 logging mallets, this could
be an excellent source of spare running gear parts, especially drivers, 
side rods, valve gear, etc...  Not many other parts appear to be useful,
just domes, pilot and trailing wheels and smokebox front.  A skilled sheetmetal
craftsmen might be able to restore the cab and fuel bunker.


So what would you do if this was your model?
  -sell it 'as is' like the eBay ad
  -sell off the running gear separate from the superstructure
  -piece out running gear parts separately, drivers, cylinders
valve gear, side rods, frames and drive train to sell separately
  -Keep it for my parts box/chest to maintain my Toby mallets
  -Punt


Kenneth R. Clark
P.O. Box 212454
Chula Vista, CA 91921