Greetings from the great Northwest!!! i just stumbled across this forum, and I am really excited. i hope it continues for a long time to come I am a model steam engine builder, and I also get to play with the larger sizes as well. I have been avolunteer on the Mt Rainier Scenic Railroad for about 16 year, and have been able to asist in the restoration and matainance of their fleet of steam logging locomotives. I'm also a certified steam locomotive engineer and have had the privlige of being able to run both geared engines,(Shay, Climax, and Heisler) but rod type engines as well. I also volunteer on the Steamer "Virginia V" in Seattle and get to help keep her 1889 Tripple Expansion Engine well oiled. In September, I am going to have the privlidge of getting married on the ship.I build model engines from Castings. So far I have built Cole's ECX Popcorn Engine, the "James Coombs"engine by Stuart, A horzontal mill engine with rope drive by Tiny Power, and currently I am working on Cole's Corliss engine. have the castings for a couple of other Stuart engines, the #1 and the Tripple expansion. I also plan on inthe future building the Snow Tandem engine, and at some time I would like to build a steam launch to be possably powered by the tripple offered by Elliot Bay Steam Launch. right now, due to a move, my shop equipment is mostly still in storage. I have a 12" Sears Atlas lathe, A Kerney & Treker Milwaukee Vertical mill, and some old flat belt driven equipment that I plan on restoring and using. that's all for now, I'm glat to be here.