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SUCCESSFULLY FILLING A GAS TANK IN A MODEL STEAM BOAT. This is a short edited extract form MAINSTEAM MODELS "The Complete Guide to Miniature Steam" which is available on CDROM or by Internet download.


From enquiries that I receive through my website, it appears that many people have difficulty in filling their gas tanks in model steam boats successfully. Assuming that you have the correct adaptor, fitted to a Butane/Propane mix blowlamp canister, it is a simple job, but getting sufficient liquid gas into the gas tank can be tricky. Warning: Never fill the gas tank while it is still in the boat, as the gas is heavier than air & will accumulate in the bottom of your boat - when you light the burner you could experience an explosion which could cause severe problems with your eyebrows, & the hair on your arms may disappear also! Here's how to do it: Caution: Wild Rose 16mm. Simple DIY vertical boiler. Hmmmmm??????

Simple DIY vertical boiler

How to build your first steam loco. In which a modeller decides to build his first live steam locomotive in 16mm scale.

How to build your first steam loco

Inspired by an article about building a small locomotive, in the 16mm magazine, he enquires on the 16mm e-group for information and advice on his first engineering project: a coal fired vertical boiler locomotive. A vertical boiler loco by Colin Binnie © 16mm association Andrew S asked: I have decided to make my self a project — a coal fired vertical boiler loco, using the boiler design from the recent magazine As I have never made anything before, I think this could be a nice little project, quite simple, and no major parts. [he posted some photos of his initial drawings] What is the best place to buy metal for it, steel for the frames, copper and brass for the boiler? Many replies were received, explaining where to obtain materials and what to do. Andrew had trouble finding the correct diameter copper tube, because it was an odd size (62mm dia). Materials Another metal supplier: Mallard Metals Books.

Dave Watkins's Live Steam Page. A favourite pursuit is designing, building and running live steam model railways.

Dave Watkins's Live Steam Page

I usually work to a scale of 1:19, that is approximately 5/8" or 16mm to 1 foot, The models follow narrow gauge practice using a track gauge of 32mm (1.25") to represent real trains that run on lines of 600mm or 2 foot gauge or thereabouts. From the vagueness of the last sentence you will gather that I do not count rivets when I build models. The Birches Barn Light Railway runs at ground level round a suburban garden. The main circuit is 1.25 scale miles in length.


16mm Locomotive Reference List. Lagging - IBLS. Lagging is a covering placed over the boiler and serves three purposes: Reduce heat loss from the boiler Provide a cooler external surface to reduce the chance of burns to humans and equipment Provide an improved aesthetic look to the boiler and locomotive Definition Boiler Lagging, from Wikipedia Large amounts of heat are wasted if a boiler is not insulated.

Lagging - IBLS

Early locomotives used shaped wooden battens fitted lengthways along the boiler barrel and held in place by metal bands. Section_9. Drain Cocks_1. Drain Cocks_1.

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Class A Climax. Garratt. Steamtram. Mamod steam locomotive. Lady anne. Wild rose. Capproti and poppet valves. Crowther Winding Engine. Loco lamps. Steam motor. Showthread. Hi In May 2005 Colin Binnie started a thread in an egroup entitled; ‘La Belles’ for home construction. Which started; A long while ago in a galaxy far, far away……. Well, about two months ago at Withington actually. The email goes on to describe a locomotive that he is designing. There were to be three versions; ‘A’ 32mm gauge with inside frames known as ‘La Belle Anne’ ‘B’ 32mm gauge with outside frames known as ‘La Belle Barbara’. All versions were to have the same bodies, boiler, and cylinders, wheels etc. the only parts altered were those that allowed the different frame spacing needed.

I did not belong to this egroup and the first I knew about Colin’s incomplete drawings was after he past away in 2008. I expect that to many that might read my posts Colin Binnie will be unknown. I will continue in the next post. Regards Tony. Scratchbuilt Mamod Esque Loco using PPS Cylinders. Hi!

Scratchbuilt Mamod Esque Loco using PPS Cylinders

I'm a new member to these forums and currently planning a small live steam project using some pps parts, gas burner, cylinders, regulator etc. The loco is based on a Kerr Stuart Sirdar 0-4-0 Tank Loco. I'll be fabricating the frames, cab and possibly boiler, or using the copper boiler available from PPS Steam Models. Machining Locomotive Wheels. Locomotive Gallery. Prototype information The loco is based on the mills or tramroad locomotives built for Dinorwic quarry in north Wales by Hunslet.

Locomotive Gallery

They where the largest engines to work there. The first of the pair of locomotives was named Vaenol, built in 1898. A sister locomotive, called Port Dinorwic, was purchased three years later. ConwaySaddleTankLocoSm.pdf. Notes - Getting Started with Frank S - 1. "Notes from the Unit Shop" Kevin O'Connor's advice for the beginning small scale live steamer Getting Started with Frank S.

Notes - Getting Started with Frank S - 1

My projects - My name is Chris Bird and although I spend a huge amount of time on the design and marketing of the Summerlands Chuffer, I am a garden railway enthusiast, first and foremost.

My projects -

And if I am honest, it is live steam locos that come at the top of the garden railway list! Over the past few years, I have taken on many projects and usually write them up, either in the garden railway magazines or on the Garden Railway Club (GRC). Atlantic Publishers have kindly allowed me to include scans of my articles on here and the links below will take you to those pages.


What's new in small-scale live steam. The nielsen chuff pipe. May we present the “Nielsen Chuff Pipe”, designed to give a really loud chuff when fitted on an Accucraft Superior, but the basic design could be adapted and altered to suit other Accucraft locos.

the nielsen chuff pipe

Although the drawings state the size ratio, the drawings shown here may not be exactly to size in you browser - Therefore Frede Nielsen has produced an Adobe .PDF file which is available to anyone interested in using this design of chuff pipe for their loco. Measurements in Millimetres. NOTE ! Not for commercial use without the designers written permission. © Frede Nielsen, Viborg, Denmark. Please Note :- this design is only for non-commercial application. Please note that due to spam we have been forced to write our email address with 3 extra Z ‘s in front of "chuffpipe" “tumblydown” and “cottage”, please remove the Z’s from the address before sending an email.

Notes on the EVT concept for oscillating steam engines - By Michael Martin. A Forum Project locomotive. I spent some time last night going over the diagrams and consulting Peter Jones' book (Building Small Steam Locomotives) and my confidence is confirmed. Yes, I think I can do this. Couple of questions, though. Spirit Burner. Modelling the Kerr-Stuart Brazil Class 0-4-2ST locomotive in 16mm scale. - Keith Bucklitch Spirit Burner. This is made as a single unit, that can be removed for servicing. This consists of a sump and the burner tubes, connected by pipework. 1.

The Sump. The sump is made from two parts of 0.75 mm brass. I could never do that. Roundhouse Charles Pooter - Garden Railway Club. Before stripping the loco I decided to sort the wicks on the burner and give it another test run. Once again it performed reasonably, but it struggled to maintain more than 20psi and there was clearly steam blowing by either the pistons or the valves. Then it was down to business. Roundhouse Charles Pooter - Garden Railway Club. Before stripping the loco I decided to sort the wicks on the burner and give it another test run.

Once again it performed reasonably, but it struggled to maintain more than 20psi and there was clearly steam blowing by either the pistons or the valves. Then it was down to business. Four bolts held the body on (well three really as one was missing). Two on the front footplate and two on the cab floor at the rear. With these removed, together with the lubricator drain plug, the body could be jiggled off. A Buyer's Guide to Steam - Page 1 of 5. Boiler making material? - - Forums - G Scale Forums - Live Steam. HLR Home. Default. Thread data. Threads. Technical Information. 7/8N2 (USA) 7/8":1 foot scale (1:13.7) running on 45mm gauge track. Models are of narrow gauge railways and represent 2 foot gauge.

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Flash steam. Steam Engine Plans 3. Live steam model locomotives. This is a freelance model of a typical narrow gauge locomtive as used in Wales on gauge 0 or 1. It was build early 2001 over a period of 12 weeks. Home-made "Dacre" Building Brazil - Contents page. Steammodelloco16mm : 16mm NG steam loco builder. This group will offer help and support to builders of NG steam engines. 126P40-42coal. Small scale live steam frequently asked questions.

Gentoo's Journals - all about a Station Road Steam Stafford model steam locomotive. 16mmngm - Articles on Construction and Techniques. SM32 - 16mm Model railway running on 32mm gauge.