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  • GunNutGunNut Posts: 6,716 Senior Member
    I love it!!!  My uncle used to have one of those that kept me entertained for hours when I was a kid.  Are they still being made?
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  • DrawbarFlatsDrawbarFlats Posts: 788 Senior Member
    edited June 2020 #3
    GunNut said:
    I love it!!!  My uncle used to have one of those that kept me entertained for hours when I was a kid.  Are they still being made?
    Yep, they sure are. It's a quite popular hobby, especially in the UK. The pic above is a German made Wilesco D21. They make several models. Others are Jensen  (American made) and Mamod. For the more serious steam enthusiast, Stuart Models and Martin Marine Engines make ready to run steam engines as well as castings where you can machine and make your own. Both are based out of the UK. Martin makes a beautiful miniature triple expansion steam engine that is very similar to what the Titanic and other Edwardian period steamships used. A basic steam engine such as a Jensen 85 costs around 150 bucks. After that, the sky is the limit on how much you want to spend and invest. The Jensen's are cool for the beginner but most have electric boilers rather than tablet, gas, or coal fired. I'm kind of a purest in that sense so I like actual flame to fire the boilers. These little engines are a blast and you actually have to oil all the fittings and lube points frequently. The smell of oil and steam adds to the nostalgia. 
  • GunNutGunNut Posts: 6,716 Senior Member
    My uncle used to run his on Alcoholado, a type of Bay Rum popular in Puerto Rico.  I loved the smell that came off when he had it going!  Very cool!
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  • bhl2506bhl2506 Senior Member Posts: 1,966 Senior Member
    There's a few machining forums that have separate sections for  miniature steam engines. They can get quite elaborate. The craftsmanship on some of the engines is outstanding.
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  • zorbazorba Senior Member Posts: 24,101 Senior Member
    Now THAT is friggin' cool! I've wanted one for years, but never wanted to spend the money.
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  • tennmiketennmike Senior Member Posts: 27,457 Senior Member
    Machinist's Workshop  and online has a lot of small engines you can build on their website, and there are several others on the internet that have ready built  and kits for  sale. Just search 'model steam engines' and have a towel ready to wipe the drool off your mouth! :D They have boiler plans, too.
    The one DrawbarFlats has in his pic is really nice!

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  • DrawbarFlatsDrawbarFlats Posts: 788 Senior Member
    edited June 2020 #9
    tennmike said:
    Machinist's Workshop  and online has a lot of small engines you can build on their website, and there are several others on the internet that have ready built  and kits for  sale. Just search 'model steam engines' and have a towel ready to wipe the drool off your mouth! :D They have boiler plans, too.
    The one DrawbarFlats has in his pic is really nice!

    Hey, Mike and Bhl2506! Perhaps you can help. See my machining and milling thread. 
  • DrawbarFlatsDrawbarFlats Posts: 788 Senior Member
    bhl2506 said:
    There's a few machining forums that have separate sections for  miniature steam engines. They can get quite elaborate. The craftsmanship on some of the engines is outstanding.
    Yep. many of those hand-made engines are works of art! There's something natural and humane about a steam engine. The sound, smell, and watching the mechanical linkage work is memorizing to say the least. What really amazes me is that the real ones were all designed by guys hunched over drawing boards with nothing but slide rules and T-squares!   
  • RugerFanRugerFan Senior Member Posts: 2,428 Senior Member
    There's a British series on Netflix called "The Repair Shop". People bring in old stuff and the experts at the shop restore it. One of the experts is a watchmaker but he also repairs toys. He has repaired/restored steam toys.

    It's an interesting show. The experts can repair wood furniture, ceramics,  stuffed toys, paintings and other things. Their skill and patience is amazing.

  • tennmiketennmike Senior Member Posts: 27,457 Senior Member
    Some stuff that is available as kits and plans.

    https://littlemachineshop.com/products/product_focus.php?Focus=Model%20Engines

    https://model-steam-engines.com/model-steam-boat-engine-kits/

    https://steamshed.com/model-steam-engines-for-beginners/

    Littlemachineshop is a neat site. It has a learning center, support center, and more.
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  • earlyagainearlyagain Posts: 7,137 Senior Member
    Somewhere back in the past I came across some information on the big steam engines in old ships. I remember the people running them had to know how to reroute the steam during mechanical failings. 

    Another time I saw a documentary on the restoration of a locomotive engine. The mechanics had problems figuring out how to keep the new refurbished boiler from leaking. They said that the old time methods had been lost to the passage of time.
  • sakodudesakodude Senior Member Posts: 4,082 Senior Member
    My old neighbor as a retirement hobby would build and sell hand made hit or miss engines(I think that’s what there called) big single cylinder things with a large flywheel that you spin by hand to fire it up. Pretty cool construction.
  • TugarTugar Senior Member Posts: 2,291 Senior Member
    edited June 2020 #15
    Cool stuff. 

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  • pjames777pjames777 Senior Member Posts: 1,421 Senior Member
    those are so cool.  Wonders of steam...the massive steam locomotives of the 1930's-40's.  Visit California RR Museum at least twice a year just to sit and gaze at those old fire dragons.
  • jaywaptijaywapti Senior Member Posts: 4,981 Senior Member
    If any of you live in the Mn.or Wisc. area and like trains and steam engines take a trip to the Lake Superior Railroad Museum in Duluth Mn. 

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  • TugarTugar Senior Member Posts: 2,291 Senior Member
    There is the Boise Train depot. I lived here 18 years and haven't made it. I need to when it reopens. Here is the engine there. 


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  • AlleyCatAlleyCat Posts: 459 Member
    edited June 2020 #19



    Belgian mining corporation launch, so wrong flag.  :p


    But down the Ulanga with Mister Allnutt.

    So cool. B)










  • DrawbarFlatsDrawbarFlats Posts: 788 Senior Member
    Excellent vid on Jensen steam engines. They're American made, too!


  • AlleyCatAlleyCat Posts: 459 Member
    Excellent vid on Jensen steam engines. They're American made, too!



    From your link, you now have me trolling YouTube for steam engines, some small models, some not so small models.

    But all man toys.

    Thank you, I think.






  • DrawbarFlatsDrawbarFlats Posts: 788 Senior Member
    AlleyCat said:
    Excellent vid on Jensen steam engines. They're American made, too!



    From your link, you now have me trolling YouTube for steam engines, some small models, some not so small models.

    But all man toys.

    Thank you, I think.






    They're addicting, aren't they? Let me know which one you buy - Lol!!!!
  • DrawbarFlatsDrawbarFlats Posts: 788 Senior Member
    RugerFan said:
    There's a British series on Netflix called "The Repair Shop". People bring in old stuff and the experts at the shop restore it. One of the experts is a watchmaker but he also repairs toys. He has repaired/restored steam toys.

    It's an interesting show. The experts can repair wood furniture, ceramics,  stuffed toys, paintings and other things. Their skill and patience is amazing.

    I'll check that one out. Thanks!
  • DrawbarFlatsDrawbarFlats Posts: 788 Senior Member
    Okay, not steam powered but this RC jaw crusher is pretty cool!


  • BamaakIIBamaakII Posts: 322 Member
    Several years ago, I saw an oldtimer launching a poontoon boat he converted to steam.  Built it all himself.  Left before he had steam Built up but is pretty cool.
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