myfordboy lamppost engine

MyfordBoy Lamppost Engine

January 15, 2021 Nigel 0

Since creating the original lamppost engine and then the pdf plans for this engine I have started to get feedback on engines that are being built. The first of the builds is by MyfordBoy, I [more…]

fire door

Firebox Door for the Burrell

October 24, 2020 Nigel 0

The firebox door for the Burrell 1/20th scale traction engine is a challenge based on the size of the hinge and latch. The usefulness of the door is questionable as the prime route for firing [more…]

dynamo driven by flywheel

Steam Powered Street Lighting

July 4, 2020 Nigel 0

This all started with me wondering what it would be like to have steam powered street lighting. Could we have a network of steam and a steam engine attached to the lamp post? How big [more…]

boiler endplates and tubes

Miniature Traction Engine Boiler

June 21, 2020 Nigel 2

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…]

steam indicator diagram

Steam Engine and Boiler Efficiency

March 29, 2020 Nigel 0

Having approximated the engine’s steam consumption at a given speed and having calculated the consumption of fuel for the boiler I should now be able to calculate the Steam Engine and Boiler Efficiency. References Condensers [more…]

traction engine boiler angle

Steam Boiler Angle

December 26, 2019 Nigel 0

I’ve been looking into the angle of the steam boiler on a traction engine relative to the surface that the engine sits on. This angle is always biased downwards towards the firebox. Having measured a [more…]

Insulated Steam Engine Cylinder

July 28, 2019 Nigel 0

The cylinders on steam engines need insulating and there are many ways of achieving this. On this page I’ve shared some ideas, options and a particular design of mine for the insulated steam engine cylinder [more…]