Steam Indicator Diagram

June 23, 2017 Nigel 0

The pressure in the cylinder is plotted versus the cylinder volume. This was developed by James Watt and John Southern to improve the efficiency of the steam engine. The work done is the area within [more…]

Pistons and Liners

April 17, 2017 Nigel 0

There are a number of different combinations of materials for the piston and liner of engines. I’ve listed a number below and comment on their merits, if I’ve missed one then do drop me a [more…]

Lamp Post Engine

April 1, 2017 Nigel 3

How many hours do you spend browsing through the internet looking for inspiration for a new model? Lots of different steam engines and one in particular caught my eye Bodkin 2, what a lovely looking [more…]

5 Cylinder Rotary

March 31, 2017 Nigel 0

This engine took some years from start to finish, a number of those years were down to us moving house and me not locating it after the move. The engine is approximately 85mm in diameter [more…]

Double Acting Oscillating Engine

December 31, 2016 Nigel 0

This engine started when I bought the Warco WM240b and I wanted something substantial to make and the idea of a large rather agricultural oscillating engine popped into my head. The original intention was that [more…]

Plans for New Models

October 23, 2016 Nigel 0

Autumn is here and it is time to plan for a model to make over winter. Lots of weekends and cold dark evenings in the workshop. So lets have a look at the different plans, [more…]

Stuart 10V

October 2, 2016 Nigel 0

I made this model from castings over 35 years ago when I was 14. Most of the machining was done on a Unimat 3 lathe and milling machine. The Unimat 3 is a tiny lathe [more…]

Wood & Metal Beam Engine

September 18, 2016 Nigel 0

I designed and built this engine with an intent on making it aesthetically pleasing. The engine was designed as I went, nothing that new there for me, and the whole build was described in our [more…]

Beer and Steam Engines

September 10, 2016 Nigel 0

Carlsberg brewery, beer tasting and a stationary steam engine added in for good measure – just how perfect could a day get? This vertical steam engine sits in the museum at the Carlsberg brewery and [more…]