a pair of rear wheels

A Pair of Rear Wheels

March 9, 2020 Nigel 0

A pair of rear wheels for my 1/20th scale traction engine. This all started with me machining the mild steel rim blanks from 4 inch diameter round 1 inch thick disc. The machining required in [more…]

assembled rear wheel rim

Rear Wheel Spokes

March 2, 2020 Nigel 0

The rear wheels of my miniature traction engine needed 32 spokes in total. This is quite a task and so thought I would take you through my process. I started the rear wheel spokes by [more…]

traction engine rear hub

Rear Wheel Hubs

February 27, 2020 Nigel 0

The rear wheel hubs for the miniature traction engine that I’m making need to be indexed with eight spokes each side of a single wheel. The trick is that the spokes are out of “phase” and [more…]

final pair of rear wheel rims

Rear Wheel Tread Pair

January 26, 2020 Nigel 0

My first go at machining a rear wheel tread pair for my miniature traction engine was not that successful. That meant I needed another go. The rear wheel tread pair are handed and the tread [more…]

rear wheel treads machined

Rear Wheel Treads

January 14, 2020 Nigel 0

The rear wheel treads on these 97mm diameter wheels are just 0.75mm thick and so after some consideration were designed as a machined feature rather than a riveted tread. The rim itself is just 2.75mm [more…]

rear wheel rim blanks being machined

Rear Wheel Rim Blanks

January 2, 2020 Nigel 0

The wheel rims for my miniature Burrell traction engine. I originally wanted to buy some 4 inch diameter steel pipe with a thick 0.5 inch wall, but I just could not find any and so [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…]