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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. 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.


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.

De Winton

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.

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. 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. 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.

A Forum Project locomotive

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.

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. 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. 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).

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. Boiler making material? - - Forums - G Scale Forums - Live Steam. HLR Home. Default. Thread data. 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.

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. 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.

Model boilermaking

Flash steam. Steam Engine Plans 3. Live steam model locomotives. 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. It is possible it may extend to a wider range of loco scales eg. 3.5 inch to 7.25 inch as the principals are the same. A picture library will be posted of construction and development issues related to the building of them. Loco's presently covered include Kerr Stuart Brazil , Hunslet Charles and Bagnall Dennis to Keith Bucklitch's design.

A dewinton called Idris by Dave Watkins. All locos covered by Brian Wilson's " steam trains in the garden" book and Cracker designed by Ernest Glaser and supported by Tony Bird. 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. One problem I have found with the speed control is that the speed of the loco is affected by the load it is pulling. Again, nothing new there.