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It is a selection of engines from nearly every make I own, including Bowman, Mamod, Wilesco, Fleishmann, Peake Engines and home builds. Some SELs will be coming out later.
I hope to steam them all today and video them, and give you some info about them.
My steaming area for today:
Right next to the lovely smell of tonight's dinner
First one is in steam right now, a report in a short while
Whatever you do do not mix the meal with the meths, your mother would not be very happy if you did.
Very nice selection of engines David.
First up is my favourite of all engines, my home build tractor.
It is a slip eccentric, slide valve engine that is gear drivenn with chain steering. It has a pot boiler, that is first heated with gas to bring it up to pressure, then changed for chaffing gel to prolong run times.
For size reference, a standard size coca cola can is next to it:
A couple of short videos of it running:
Next up and currently in steam is the Empire...
Runs at just the right scale speed, and looks the part as well.
Next up is my Empire #43. I acquired this engine from Laurie (Fruitfly) as a prize for a free draw on this forum. I am eternally grateful to Laurie for this engine, it has given me many many hours of enjoyment.
It is a single acting, piston valve engine. It has a huge boiler that is electrically heated. An external water glass and regulator make this engine really relaxing to run.
When I got this engine, there was no power lead or plug for it. Since it is 110v, I am using an industrial transformer, and madea plug from a chocolate block. It is a perfect fit for the socket that is on the engine.
A short video:
More in a bit...
A great collection of engines.Enjoyed your two videos.The traction engine is the pick of the bunch for me.
That Empire is a lovely engine.
Great to see it running.
Nice display David and I do love the Empire.
Next up is something special, a 2" scale Fowler Showmans engine, missing it's canopy.
This engine was built in the 1950s, by a very skilled engineer. It is a twin cylinder, duplex engine with a smithies type boiler. It is currently fired by gas, using a caravan heater burner. It has a crankshaft driven water pump, with belly tanks, a working water lifter for filling the tender, two driving speeds, worm and gear steering and a working pressure of 90psi.
We've had this engine for nearly 8 years, it was a part of my late Grandfather's collection of steam engines and fire engines, when he passed away it was left to us. We have a new ceramic burner for it, which will eventually be fitted.
Oh my, I'd love to own something like that TE.
Wow both of those traction engines are fantastic David.
A view of the fowler on the move:
Magnificent engines. Your home built traction engine is superb and 2" Fowler blew me away, amazing!!!!
The Fowler is a gem.
If I can shift the Burrell out of the way, I will try and get the other Fowler out and steam that up as well
wow great stuff so far david
What a great video.
Really enjoyed that.
Have had to revise my pick of the bunch,the award now goes to the magnificent Fowler Showmans.A very good video of the motion.
That is simply fantastic - I find I'm warming up to traction engines!