Engines 2


This is my version of Elmer Verburg’s beam engine. Mine is the only one I know of with a dual engine/beam arrangement.  100% from scratch.  When I decided to build the beam engine I decided to build parts for 4 at once to reduce set up time.  In addition to this dual beam model, there is a single, and still unassembled second single.


A modified “modern” tin toy powered by a “Leaky” engine. Very popular at shows.


A very simple rotating cylinder engine.  This was the basis for an article published in Live Steam Magazine, April 1995.


A Tiny Power Ajax engine. This is a very heavy engine and the second flywheel is not installed in this photo.


A mill engine machined from PM Research castings that also sat on a shelf for at least 15 years.


A reproduction Cretors vertical popcorn engine from castings.


A Stirling engine fan made from plans in the book “Steam and Stirling Engines you can build”


The Tiny Power Plant.  A 3/16” bore and stroke oscillating engine. The flywheel contains two magnets in the face with alternate north and south poles facing out.  The coil (from a standard cube relay) generates AC current which is rectified to power the LED.


Some additional “Leaky” engines. One is equipped with a dual coil generator similar to the engine above. I gave away plans for the Leaky engine at the Cabin Fever Expo in York, PA.


A small turbine. The copper tube is 1/8” OD.  This turbine will easily do 10,000+ RPM. It was built to drive a bubble blowing machine, and was coupled to a gearbox that turned the bubble wands.


This dual cylinder engine and generator were made from PM Research castings. The fly ball governor is an add on. They will eventually be coupled together to power the die cast lamp post I found at a model train show.


This flame licker is one of a pair I have been experimenting with. The intake valve is internal instead of external like most engines of this type. The valve is opened when the top of the piston pushes it open, and it is closed when the back of the piston contacts the actuator seen behind the crank.


This steam engine was built from a kit sold by R.W. Machine.  I like the idea that almost all of the parts and materials are standard hardware items, but this is a very low quality design and I do not recommend it.  I had to make the engine frame from stock since there was not enough material on the piece of brass sheet supplied, and even if there was, the outcome would be very poor.

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