boiler endplates and tubes

Miniature Traction Engine Boiler

June 21, 2020 Nigel 0

The miniature traction engine boiler design is to heat partly from underneath and with through tubes from the firebox. This means I can make a simple copper boiler and fix this into a steel firebox. [more…]

Lantern frame offered up to engine

Lantern for Lamppost Engine

June 15, 2020 Nigel 0

Making a lantern for the lamppost engine. The lamppost engine has sat on display for years and gets run on compressed air every now and again. It was always designed to have a lantern on [more…]

boiler endplates and tubes

Brass Fittings and Boilers

June 10, 2020 Nigel 0

I’ve been reading so much about copper boiler making and materials that I thought I would pull a page together on the subject of Brass Fittings and Boilers. The research was based around the miniature traction [more…]

traction engine wheels

Miniature Traction Engine Wheels

June 8, 2020 Nigel 0

For the miniature traction engine wheels there are a pair of front wheels and a pair of rear wheels. In both cases I’ve followed a similar construction method. Rear Wheels The rear wheels are only [more…]

pair of front wheels

Front Wheel Assembly

June 3, 2020 Nigel 0

Rims turned, hubs machined and spokes cutout, it’s now time for the front wheel assembly. A lot of parts, some errors along the way and so time has gone into the manufacture of all of [more…]

all of the parts fro the front wheels

Front Wheel Spokes

June 2, 2020 Nigel 0

Time, for the front wheel spokes and then I can assemble the front wheels for the miniature traction engine. Brass blanks cut out using my slightly modified bandsaw table. I’ve cut out 24 brass blanks. [more…]

front wheel hub laying on box of matches

Front Wheel Hubs

June 2, 2020 Nigel 0

The front wheel hubs are quite small, 18mm in diameter, considering the features that are machined into them. This is my excuse then for having to machine 5 of these hubs before getting a pair [more…]