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Thread: Fusible plug in a 5" gauge copper boiler?
28/06/2021 20:00:37

My last pro boiler came with one fitted, as Peter above.

I mentioned it was a first for me and was told it was better to have it and not need it than to need it and not have it.


Thread: Easy Start
28/06/2021 18:49:22

IF you use “easy start” aka starting fluid, aka ether, plus some other common names, PROPERLY, it is very unlikely to harm an engine.

The proper method is that you use the absolute minimum amount necessary, and that you get any and every thing flammable away from the intake air location such as a wiping rag, and especially the can of starting fluid, and FOR DAMNED SURE your FACE.

A backfire is possible and quite common.

Typically a squirt of just one second is enough for a smaller engine, say up to two liters. A big engine four liters or more, maybe two seconds.

The engine should show definite signs of firing up with no more than this. If it almost runs, meaning it turns over a few times under its own power, you can use a LITTLE BIT MORE.

TOO MUCH can literally destroy an engine, but most of the time it only temporarily locks up the engine so that the starter won’t turn it over.


Many an engine has been severely damaged by using ether in attempting to start it. Sometimes such engines are beyond repair, especially if they are already old.

And ether might damage sensors and other components of some newer vehicles.

Don’t use it unless you NEED IT.

On the other hand, if you KNOW HOW to use it, meaning you have had some EXPERIENCE watching others and doing it yourself, it can be a miracle working tool, saving untold wear and tear on batteries and starters, and firing up old cold engines that CAN’T be started otherwise. This is especially true of OLD diesel engines that are badly worn, and if you destroy one that’s just about worn slam out anyway, it’s not such a big loss

Thread: Fowler Build
27/06/2021 20:25:37

Tony Balwin, now retired, made a steel 3 inch Fowler boiler for a TT member. Plastow design.

So calcs and drawings would have been done at some time.

May be a long shot, but worth trying to contact to see if he has them.


27/06/2021 13:42:37

May be worth asking this chap - may or may not have a steel boiler drawing but nothing to lose by asking.

Andrew Kirk

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27/06/2021 08:32:03
Posted by JasonB on 27/06/2021 07:58:04:

At 3" you can go either way as copper can start to be a bit week and steel a bit thick walled. Like the MJ the 3" Plastow one was originally designed with a copper boiler in mind but steel is an option for both and quite a bit cheaper, not sure if Bridports do a steel drawing or just the copper one so that may be another point to consider if you need to find a boiler design.

Edited By JasonB on 27/06/2021 07:59:00


Plastow 3 inch drawings are for a copper boiler, as have a set and is why I recommended Helen.

A steel boiler is a possibility as you say and cheaper but as op is new to this the copper version may be the best option ?

May be worth contacting Helen for a price but last time I enquired a while back is was about £2k from memory hence it was shelved.

27/06/2021 07:43:55
Posted by MrTea42 on 26/06/2021 22:00:17:

Thanks for taking the time to reply.

I have registered on TT forum but as you all say just waiting to be approved.

Forgot to mention in the OP that is a 3 inch scale. Good tip re the tender.


So probably a copper boiler as opposed to steel ?

Helen at Western Steam is your best bet there but last time I spoke to her it was a two year wait for delivery.

\As suggested by Paul, making wheels  axles etc will keep you busy until boiler arrives but bits to go on it best left until hornplates fitted. 


Edited By br on 27/06/2021 07:58:10

26/06/2021 21:24:40

Jason's suggestion is spot on ref TT forum.

Several members have them.

Steel boiler so if you know a coded welder that would get you started, or John Rex is well respected as suggested.

Can take a couple of months to get on TT, as David is a dreckly man.

I am a member, so if any questions please send PM as happy too ask on your behalf in the interim.


PS Welcome to the forum.


Edited By br on 26/06/2021 21:25:22

Thread: Steam locomotive
26/06/2021 14:23:38

Not at all normal for wheels to be sloppy on axles.

Sounds like a new set of axles needed.


Thread: Little nuts.......big fingers.
26/06/2021 14:20:34
Posted by Robin Dufton on 07/04/2021 08:13:54:

Small magnet glued to a stick. I did have a bit of a breakdown the other day building up and dismantling 100+ 6BA nuts with man sized hands, and had a think about how to dress it up as a fun task to get my 6 year old nephew to do it.

That is a good tip.

I have done it with a blob of bluetac on the end of a bit of dowel.


Thread: Lapping a cylinder with dowel + paste
26/06/2021 12:21:00

myfordboy engine part 10 cylinder honing

On you tube . May be worth a look.

Not the stick method


Thread: Gamage's Steam Engine
24/06/2021 16:23:16
Posted by JasonB on 24/06/2021 15:05:45:
Posted by Roderick Jenkins on 24/06/2021 14:18:42:

Are you sure you can match the superfine limits available from die casting? wink


I'll die tryingsmile p

You are forbidden to die trying The forum needs you.laugh

More than pleased to see you have picked this one up to make and also good to see that an original survives.

Looking forward to the build.


23/06/2021 21:20:16

Good to see the pictures Michael Never seen an eccentric like that befor, and nice to know one exsists,.


PS. Is the strap broken or just disconnected ?

Edited By br on 23/06/2021 21:21:45

Thread: Professional rebuild ! (???)
23/06/2021 17:29:49

Good result

Refreshing to see that NFU will make up the difference - impressed.

Trust all is good for you


Thread: SIEG C0 Chuck Options
22/06/2021 20:15:16
Posted by Adam Wilson on 22/06/2021 20:04:52:


Buy a chuck intended for an EMCO with the possibility that it has the 14mm register and then either modify the chuck or spindle to match.



U3 chuck is only available in 14mm by 1 size, as has been posted before.

I offered to send you a drawing and photos but  no response so not to worry on that one .


Edited By br on 22/06/2021 20:15:43

Edited By br on 22/06/2021 20:16:22

Thread: Don Young's 'Doncaster'
22/06/2021 19:32:02

What a joy this thread is

Well done Pete - outstanding work


Thread: Pitch Circle
22/06/2021 19:30:43
Posted by Dave Halford on 22/06/2021 14:20:07:


A lot of us do not have a machining background, me included.

Finishing the Rob Roy might make more sense, it's much simpler than Virginia, but still a proper engine + far more people have built one.

Unless you have a particular strong feeling for Virginia, my boys echo what Dave has said ref Rob Roy.

They say the easier the first build can be the better.

Good luck with whatever you decide .


Thread: ME Boiler
22/06/2021 16:09:33

Missed all this before so a very pleasant catch up.

Well done - a very fine job indeed and photos are brilliant


Thread: Turning Cartwheels
22/06/2021 08:16:01

Good to see - excellent job.


Thread: Gamage's Steam Engine
21/06/2021 19:33:26


As a member, the USA Office of steam forum would be worth posting on as there are collectors on there with this area of interest.

PM of other sources in UK to be sent shortly


Thread: SIEG C0 Chuck Options
21/06/2021 08:14:26


Recently passed on my U3 lathes, but just come across a new boxed Emco 4 jaw which was overlooked

Ref compatability, I can photograph the back of it and send a dimensioned drawing if it will help you in deciding.

Just send your e-mail address via PM.


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