My projects - summerlands-chuffer.co.uk My projects - summerlands-chuffer.co.uk 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. 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.
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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. 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. the nielsen chuff pipe the nielsen chuff pipe
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
How to build your first steam loco in which a modeller decides to build his first live steam locomotive in 16mm scale. 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? How to build your first steam loco
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Notes on the EVT concept for oscillating steam engines - By Michael Martin The following illustrations capture the important events through a single revolution of a single acting oscillating steam engine. The illustrations depict both the EVT and "Typical" layout in a single model to better compare the similarities and differences. The illustrations are correctly scaled so that the relative difference in the size and location of the ports may be appreciated. The actual engines would, of course, have only one set of ports. Click on images to enlarge. 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. Are there suitable commercial substitutes for the safety valve and regulator? A Forum Project locomotive
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. Spirit Burner. Spirit Burner.
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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. Roundhouse Charles Pooter - Garden Railway Club 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. Roundhouse Charles Pooter - Garden Railway Club Roundhouse Charles Pooter - Garden Railway Club
A Buyer's Guide to Steam - Page 1 of 5 A Buyer's Guide to Steam - Page 1 of 5 This article is reproduced from Model Railways July 1981 A Buyer's Guide to Steam A Survey of the current small scale steam scene conducted by Jack Wheldon One end of the spectrum. The Mamod SL1, externally fired with oscillating cylinders. (photo Mamod)
Here are three simple ways of making brass tee any one of which should occupy no more than twenty minutes. 1. Fold up from sheet. Soften brass sheet by heating to red heat. Quench or allow to cool naturally,doesn't matter. Clean up. Colin Binnie's Workshop Jottings
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boiler making material? - myLargescale.com - Forums - G Scale Forums - Live Steam Silver provides better strength. It sticks to the copper well and is also hard to stretch. If you used plain lead or tin/lead it will also stick to the copper well, but it stretches easier and will, itself, split or pull apart under pressure.
"..as to railroads, and all the other schemes... I think Englishmen, who were wont to be sober, are grown mad" - Lord Eldon (on the opening of the Stockton & Darlington Railway) Dear visitor, Welcome to the Haggerleases Light Railway web site. The HLR is a narrow gauge garden railway to be found in Winchester, in Hampshire, England. HLR Home
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Threads See Health & Safety Notice Note: This information is produced for Model Engineers only. Commercial users should refer to the correct British or ISO standards as applicable. See Notes on British & International Standards Screw fittings, essentially a matching internal & external constant pitch and diameter helix (female & male) form an essential part of society as we know it. thread data
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. Garden railway scales and gauges A little extra information is added for what are generally termed the Garden railway scales as there are several which are normally used together and can cause confusion. Although any railway laid round a garden can be called a garden railway, today the term is normally applied to Gauge 1, 'G' scale, SM32 and SM45. 'G' scale, SM32 and SM45 are normally grouped together as size compatible, despite the scales being slightly different. Though we have two different gauges, 32 and 45mm, all three represent narrow gauge models and have similar overall sizes of locomotives and stock. Technical Information
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