CURRENTLY ON THE WORK BENCH
1 1/2" Burrell Tractor
This coal burning 1 1/2" machine is my current project. At the moment it has a Gas burner installed into the modified Ash Tray. Therefore I need to fabricate an Ash Tray & Grate mount for it so I have the option of both fuels. Despite being built 20 years ago, it's never been steamed before (only run on air). I need to go over it and clean off the years of congealed oil, fix & adjust some minor items, touch the paint up and then see what she does when Hot
Bassett Lowke 3/4" Burrell Steam Tractor
Bought, machined and assembled by my Grandfather around 1960, this engine was the catalyst for my interest in steam. I inherited it in the early 80's and it followed me all over Europe as I moved around for work. It was always complete and in a running condition as I recall but over the years it became more and more sad. the Oil became toffee, the burnt paintwork got darker and the brass looked horrible. Finally I decided to take her to pieces and renovate.
It runs beautifully, smooth and quiet now and sits under a glass cover. It has the original spirit burner in it still and I'll leave it that way.
Some BEFORE images
Some AFTER images
Allchin 3/4" Scale Showmans "LEWIS"
A new engine, an Allchin, manufactured by Maxitrak in the UK
Bearing the name of my Late Son, "Lewis"
It's a nice solid engine, simple in operation and a smooth runner. Gas burner.
Bassett Lowke Steam Plant
This Bassett-Lowke stationary Vertical Steam Engine was machined from factory castings many years ago and subsequently installed into a Model Boat (You can see the holes in the flywheel face for the prop shaft drive coupling). As time passed the boat itself fell into disrepair and the engine (with prop shaft and prop) removed.
When I acquired it, the engine was together & mechanically sound but it looked very sad and forgotten.
After restoration I mounted the engine onto a wooden board and married it to a Stuart 500 Boiler with spirit burner. To complete the unit I added a cast dynamo with Lamp. I have the prop and shaft still, perhaps One day I'll install the setup into a Boat Hull.
Bassett-Lowke was a company in Northampton, England, founded by Wenman Joseph Bassett-Lowke in 1898/99.
Stuart 10v Steam Plant
This Stuart 10v (Vertical) is married to a Stuart 500 Boiler with spirit Burner.
Water is able to be supplied from the copper cup using the Stuart hand pump whilst the boiler is under steam meaning it can run as long as you are willing to replenish the water.
The engine came to me seized and needing much love. I was however pleasantly relieved to find that after stripping, cleaning, and after repacking the gland nut, the engine runs like a Swiss watch on the lowest of steam pressure.
Stuart #4 Vertical Engine
I recently acquired this Stuart #4 which runs very nicely, it was machined and assembled to a very high standard. My plans for this include a cleanup and repaint then mounting to a base board. I will no doubt marry it to a boiler and an accessory such as a larger dynamo. Although not the largest Stuart, it's pretty tall and very heavy.
Markie 3/4" Steam Tractor
These Markie 3/4" Road Steam Engines are often mistaken for the earlier Bassett Lowke machines. The resemblance is uncanny and whilst I don't know the facts, it's hard to imagine that it's a coincidence. Perhaps the rights to ownership were purchased by Markie some years back, or just a license to reproduce. In any case the differences between this and my Bassett Lowke 3/4" machine are so insignificant as to be irrelevant.
This machine is due for a repaint to a color more pleasing to the eye. Being that painting is the only thing I dislike about Steam engine restoration, I'm finding all sorts of reasons to delay it.
This One has a spirit burner which I will swap out for a Gas version. Gas is easier to control, burns cleaner and ultimately a far better option.
PM Research #3 Steam Plant
Acquired this setup all together. All I did was mount it to an Oak board and plumb it.
The engine turns a turbine-type water pump which recirculates the water in the tank. It hasn't enough pump pressure to service the boiler, it's just a bit of fun.
The double acting engine is machined from castings well and runs smoothly, almost silently.
The Boiler is a home made affair but seems to work well. There is a spirit burner but I run it on Gas.
Jensen 25 Custom Steam Plant
Initially I restored a rough Jensen 25 I bought through Ebay. After finishing and testing it, I found the electric heater element in the boiler allowed the boiler to produce a larger amount of steam than I thought it would. I decided to move the boiler & double acting engine onto the Oak board and also plumb in a second steam line to service the Steam Turbine unit you see. This Turbine runs really well from that boiler and produces a decent voltage as displayed on the mounted voltmeter. Instead of having the power lead getting in the way of displaying the setup, I rewired it to the board utilizing a mounted kettle socket.
To make it even better, a water hand pump with reservoir should be fitted which I may, or may not do in the future.
D.R Mercer 5/8" Steam Tractor
Bought in as a piece requiring restoration. It wasn't too bad to be fair but definitely needed some love.
It now runs sweetly and I think it looks great in the Black versus Brass scheme.
Jensen 75 Custom Steam Plant
Another restored Jensen.
These little Jensens produce a nice amount of power, certainly enough to produce voltage with the dynamo and get the little workman painting his wall
Mamod Steam Wagon
The Mamod Steam Wagon is loosely based on the Foden Road Wagons. Like many of the Mamods, they were produced in the UK starting in the 70's for many years.
These models have spirit burners, whistles, safety valves and can be steered whilst moving under their own steam steering with a steering rod attached to the machine through the chimney
We all have favorites and this is my favorite Mamod
Wilesco D21 Stationary Engine
The D21 model, from German Manufacturer Wilesco, is one of their higher end products.
It's quite a bit larger than most of their line and has many features not found on cheaper models, including the boiler water hand pump which draws water, from the hidden belly tank, to replenish the boiler whilst in steam. Cast engine components, displacement oiler and a larger bore also differentiate it from many of their other engines.
Wilesco D22 Stationary Engine
Another Wilesco, this time the equally large D22. This model has a twin cylinder design.
The Two double acting cylinders are timed 90 degrees apart so as to allow the motor to self start from any crank position.
Multi cylinder motors are perfect for Steam Boats where it's not always possible to get to a stalled engine as it's boat bobs about helpless in the middle of the pond, boiler building pressure all the time.