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A Miniature Scenic Railway.
Locomotive Fireman's Magazine—October, 1904

The illustrations herewith show an engine designed and built by Bro. J. J. Colt, a member of Lodge 97, B. of L. F., who for more than two years has been physically disabled, and is now depending upon the earnings of his miniature railway for a living. What Bro. Coit lacks physically, is more than offset by his unusual mental ability and ingenuity, which is so ably shown in this perfect little model, and the wish of all his brothers is that success will crown his efforts, The following is a description of the locomotive:

Total weight of engine and tender 8,000 lbs.; Weight of engine alone 5,134 lbs.; Total length, tip of pilot to end of tank coupler 19 ft.; Height from top of rail to top of stack 51 in.

The boiler is of the Vanderbilt type, 25-horsepower, with a working steam pressure of 150 pounds. Its weight is distributed on three pairs of drivers 18¼ inches in diameter and a pony truck, the wheels of which are 10 inches in diameter. The cylinders are 5x7 inches, and the full stroke of the valves is 1 inch.

The engine has a drawbar pull of 1,076 pounds; the gauge of track is 18 inches, and the capacity of the tender is 206 gallons of water and 86 gallons of oil. The engine is equipped with many devices of Bro. Coit's own invention, among which are a valve motion without eccentrics which greatly simplifies valve setting, an up-draft oil burner, upon which a patent has been applied for, and automatic couplers for the cars and engine. The engine hauls a train of three cars, having a seating capacity of ten persons each, over a track abounding in curves and heavy grades, affording to the traveler a good view of the beauties of East Lake Park.
F. C. McCARN, Lodge 97.

A Novel Valve Motion.
November, 1904

In the October, 1904, issue of the Magazine was illustrated and described "A Miniature Scenic Railway," the engine and cars of which were designed and built by Bro. J. J. Coit, a member of Lodge 97, B. of L. F. Among the devices of Bro. Colt's invention with which the engine is equipped is a valve motion without eccentrics, which greatly simplifies valve setting and is easy to get at.

Herewith is shown a view of the valve motion, taken at close range from one side of the locomotive, and another view showing the engine and train coming up the steepest grade on the line. The bushings in all bearings of this valve motion are of case-hardened steel, as are also the links and link blocks. The link derives its motion from a rod and crank connected to the main pin, very similar to the Stevens "monkey-motion" engine. This however, has the ordinary slide valve, differing therein from the Stevens engine.

The conveniences for oiling and disconnecting this valve motion in case of breakdowns are apparent. It also does away with present methods of setting valves, greatly simplifying the work.

I regret that I have been unable to secure drawings of this valve motion, so as to convey a better idea of its construction, but should the opportunity present itself in the future I will do so.
F. C. McCAIN, Lodge 97.


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