Burrell Eccentric Pushrods

The Burrell eccentric pushrods are rather small, the inside diameter of the strap is just 10mm. This is a 1/20th scale traction engine and so they will be quite small. Two off to give forward and reverse. I made the 2 eccentric straps up from 1.8mm thick brass. I had to mill to this thickness from … Read more

Burrell Conrod

Burrell Conrod

The Burrell conrod has taken some time to get to as I’ve been waiting to fix the boiler location. First part to make up was the big end. As this part is so small I decided to make this from a piece of phosphor bronze and not have an insert. I use an ER25 square … Read more

Heron meets War of the Worlds

Hero Engine

Moving forward to completion with my Heron of Alexandria engine and it has turned into Heron meets War of the Worlds. Pressing the form for the “sphere” and the initial runs were covered in my original post Heron of Alexandria Steam Engine. Since then I spent some time playing with ideas for the stand and … Read more

Burrell Traction Engine

Burrell on Wheels

The latest status of the Burrell traction engine, you can find links to all of the posts on the build on the Miniature Traction Engine page. Here though is a brief youtube showing me moving it around and some stills of the engine to date. The firebox door opens and took me a little while … Read more

Solid Rear Axle

Burrell rear axle

OK, this isn’t a solid rear axle like a 1960’s muscle car. This is an actual solid round phosphor bronze bar that supports both rear wheels on the Burrell traction engine. The rear axle is fixed and the wheels then rotate independently on each side. Inboard of each wheel there is a gear that is … Read more