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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…]

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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…]

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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…]

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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…]

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Slider Crank Linkage

May 6, 2018 Nigel 0

The slider crank linkage is common in steam engine design as it removes the side forces from the piston and from the connecting rod that is sealed by the gland as it passes into the [more…]