Fixing the Burrell Nameplate

Burrell Nameplate fixed

Fixing the Burrell nameplate to the valve chest cover on this miniature traction engine. I decided to silver solder it in place so there was no chance of it ever moving. The nameplate design took some thought in terms of what lettering should be on it. In the end I went for the proper Charles … Read more

Burrell Engine Nameplate

Burrell nameplate

The Burrell engine nameplate for this tiny model is just 14mm wide. The capital letters are just 1.4mm high. For all of that the etching has come out rather well. When I started looking at this Burrell valve chest plaque I was concerned about achieving the level of detail that my dad achieved over 20 … Read more

Burrell Valve Chest

Burrell valve chest

I’ve roughed the Burrell valve chest out of brass. The valve pushrod bearings were made as one part, silvered soldered into the valve chest. The centre part was then removed on the milling machine. This part is quite small as the Burrell is just 1/20th scale. The main valve chest is 22 x 20 x … Read more

Crankshaft Clearance

crankshaft clearance

Crankshaft clearance has been a design concern for a while. The problem being exacerbated by the separate firebox that extends above the line of the boiler. Early in the design I highlighted this issue and thought I would have to reduce the stroke. However, as you can see I’ve raised the bearing blocks 1.5mm and … Read more

Crankshaft from Parts

Burrell crankshaft in parts

Making the Burrell crankshaft from parts has allowed me to then have a split. The split is at the crankpin and allows me to then have a single piece connecting rod. Background Elements Over 12 months ago I was concerned with the crankshaft to firebox clearance. Traction Engine Crankshaft Clearance With this comes the fundamental issue … Read more

Burrell Crosshead Guide

Burrell Crosshead Guide

The Burrell crosshead guide or maybe the trunk guide. Must admit that I need to study the history of steam engines and the naming of parts. Anyway, back to this miniature traction engine design and make. The crosshead guide supports the joint on the two-part conrod design. It is the sliding mechanism for the conrod … Read more