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    daves101: I am a dinosaur, and working with...

    daves101:

    I am a dinosaur, and working with computer software and modelling programs such as you are doing is the stuff of science fiction to people of my generation. However, I think I can offer...
  2. Handsome Devil: You bring up a good point...

    Handsome Devil:

    You bring up a good point about the workplace in the pre-OSHA and early-OSHA days. We were expected to take more responsibility for our own actions and look out for others around...
  3. Lathefan: Your wife's grandmother sounds like...

    Lathefan:

    Your wife's grandmother sounds like quite a lady, and she put that guy in his place without having to run to Human Resources or invoke corporate procedures- as would be the case today....
  4. Thanks for posting the picture, Lathefan. The...

    Thanks for posting the picture, Lathefan.

    The shop has the floor made of tarred hardwood blocks, set endgrain up to create a better wearing surface. That was a lot easier on a person's feet than...
  5. Savage_Hunter: I too mourn the passing of...

    Savage_Hunter:

    I too mourn the passing of Bethlehem Steel. As a freshman at Brooklyn Technical HS in 1964, we were required to learn the steel making processes. One of the highlights of that...
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    Tyrone: You have similar thoughts on the...

    Tyrone:

    You have similar thoughts on the placement of the level to my own thoughts. I never took the crowns of vee ways as being a "critical surface" to measure or level off of. When I level a...
  7. A bit of irony: In February of 2019, I was at...

    A bit of irony:

    In February of 2019, I was at the Arcade & Attica RR in Arcade, NY to inspect their locomotive number 18's boiler and decide on what repairs would be needed. Subsequently, we had...
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    LeBlond was not unique in providing a pump to...

    LeBlond was not unique in providing a pump to lubricate the carriage and cross slide. By the 1930's, engine lathe builders such as Hendey along with Reed-&-Prentice and the other US engine lathe...
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    Start by taking the key out of the chuck ! No one...

    Start by taking the key out of the chuck ! No one who knows anything about shop safety EVER leaves a key in a lathe chuck for an instant longer than needed for use.
    An accidental starting of the...
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    Mike: I think a lot is lacking in today's...

    Mike:

    I think a lot is lacking in today's generations of motorcycle riders. No friendly rivalry, no closely following their marque in races and hill climbs... Add to it the fact that the largest...
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    Rustyironism: I have seen a marked drop in the...

    Rustyironism:

    I have seen a marked drop in the prices asked for "brass era" antique cars, and also a drop in the number of people who show up at antique engine events. My belief is my generation...
  12. Lester: The refrigeration system at the...

    Lester:

    The refrigeration system at the funeral parlor was most likely used for refrigerated storage of corpses. A funeral parlor or mortuary would often have several bodies on the premises at...
  13. Jim: Thanks for posting the old Brunswick...

    Jim:

    Thanks for posting the old Brunswick sales literature. Aside from the technical aspects, it made me realize how much better the "upper class" lived than most Americans of that time period....
  14. The wall adjacent to the Brunswick compressor...

    The wall adjacent to the Brunswick compressor unit in the Craigslist photo appears to be made of tongue-and-groove boarding run vertically, with a natural finish. This would be what the sides of a...
  15. On edit: I thought the compressor looked like an...

    On edit: I thought the compressor looked like an old Brunswick reefer compressor. Some squinting at the face of the pressure gauge and sure enough: "Brunswick" is on the gauge face. Brunswick built a...
  16. Doug: I took a look at the photos in the...

    Doug:

    I took a look at the photos in the Craigslist posting. From what I can see, there is no steam engine, nor is there a phase converter. Rather, what is shown is an old refrigeration compressor...
  17. Setting aside the bantering, coming in late to...

    Setting aside the bantering, coming in late to this thread: I have owned and used a 200 lb Kohlswa Swedish steel anvil for over 20 years. It was in OK condition when I got it with some chipping and...
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    Ed: The subject of steam supplied from the...

    Ed:

    The subject of steam supplied from the local utility is quite interesting and was not limited to NYC. Typically, the utility companies had steam generating stations using steam turbines to...
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    Ed: My guess for this engine is that it was...

    Ed:

    My guess for this engine is that it was not built as a model. It was built with "real work" in mind, and was built in the quickest and easiest way available to the builder. Model engines...
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    I was fortune in that I worked, however briefly,...

    I was fortune in that I worked, however briefly, on the construction and startup of two nuke powerplants in 1973-76. In those days, it was the old Atomic Energy Commission, rather than the NRC, and...
  21. Cutting Oil Mac: You have poured your soul...

    Cutting Oil Mac:

    You have poured your soul into your post. I am happy to read it, re-read it betimes.... and also happy to know I am not the only sentimental old dinosaur frequenting these...
  22. OT- a nice read about marine engineering in recip steam days

    A buddy of mine who is a retired mechanical engineer with years at sea and in shipyards was lamenting his lack of knowledge about recip steam power. I emailed him "McAndrew's Hymn"- an epic poem...
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    Shipping to the US for less than 40 dollars ?! ...

    Shipping to the US for less than 40 dollars ?! Maybe he has found a rust bucket of a ship that needs ballast weight.

    As a sidenote:

    Spur gears on a one-off basis for applications like...
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    Another eBay funny

    I was browsing fleabay for LeBlond 13" Roundhead Regal parts, and came upon this listing. It is laughable. Reference: Listing number 333244473166

    The seller has listed an old "Lumphead" 13" Regal...
  25. I go with a judicious interpretation of Option 1....

    I go with a judicious interpretation of Option 1. If the tooling is in good condition or new, and is part of an auction lot or included in some package deal, I get it. If the tooling is something I...
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