How To Build A Steam Engine From Scratch – 4

Continuing with How To Build A Steam Engine From Scratch, we move on to an easy part next.  Smokebox Construction   The smokebox on real, full size, live-steam traction engines or rollers provides five main functions: Access to the internal boiler tubes for cleaning purposes. A chamber in which a blast of steam from the […]

How To Build a Steam Engine from Scratch – 3

Please note:  Some of these images are a bit blurred, but they are shown better in the download and printed version of the whole book through this Amazon link. So we now come to part 3 – Building the Tender for PYRTE This is a similar fiddly process as with the firebox, using the same […]

Steam Rally Planner

July to end of 2020 July  4/5 The Chickerell Steam and Vintage Show Moor Farm, Knights In The Bottom, Weymouth, Dorset. DT3 4EA. Contact through the website… July  4/5 Chiltern Traction Engine Rally Honor End Lane, Prestwood, Bucks. HP16 9HQ Tel:  07889 965604 Email: July  4/5 Duncombe Park Steam Rally Duncombe […]

Free Plans for Model Steam Engines

For all you would-be machinists out there and experienced engineers as well, we have sourced many Free Plans for Model Steam Engines from around the internet. Some are beyond the scope of novice builders, like fully complete locomotives that take years to construct. Other simpler engines like wobblers (oscillating engines, whether steam or air driven) […]

How To Soften and Anneal Metal

An easy guide on how to soften and anneal metals To define the annealing process in simple terms means to remove any stresses and return material to a soft and workable state, ie. making it more malleable. This is especially so in metals that become work-hardened, like copper and brass, although brass can become very […]

Ready Assembled Model Steam Engines – UK

 Wilesco D 396 – Live Steam Engine Black / Brass  Includes Radio Controlled System As you can surmise, this engine is similar to the basic model with a few tweaks to give it more appeal. It’s a fine working model, but most people use these for display purposes as they certainly catch the eye. There […]