I am a bit new to this forum. I have seen at least one thread about drain cocks. I just recently finished installing mine. They are operated by levers and links connecting back to an operating lever in the driver's cab. They are not done exactly as per the Evan's drawings. The drawings did not seem to really take into consideration the thickness of the aft cylinder cover, so, I went a different direction. Hopefully the photos tell the story.
Okay, got it. But, how painful!! It could not be more awkward to post photos. No doubt I'll forget how by the next time I post photos!
In any case, thanks for the "sharing" clue. Photos are now posted!!
Yes, I started this build in June of last year. I just got it running on air the beginning of February this year. I could not be more excited! So cool to see a forum dedicated to Simplex questions and builds.
Back to the shop, working on running board mounting and saddle machining!
Yes, I went for bolted flanged fittings for the supply and exhaust to the cylinders. This is actually a change made for the Super Simplex. What I did though, was put four screws per fitting instead of two as per the drawing. I have already had this joint apart many times and it works well.
Yes, automatic drains works well, but, from a mechanical point of view, are not nearly as interesting. Manual drains (from Kennions also) are pretty simple too. Also, with manually controlled drains, you get an extra bit to think about! It is certainly not for everyone as there is already plenty of things to think about while operating a steam locomotive.