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Thread: Boiler testing info wanted
18/07/2020 19:12:31

Thanks Paul, that's most helpful, sets it all out clearly, I've learnt a lot, it's not quite as scary as I expected!

PS I've sent you a PM, did you get it?



17/07/2020 10:04:03

Thanks again for the responses...last boiler test question...hopefully! How long does a certificate remain valid on a scale traction engine even if you don't fire the engine up? How often therefore does it have to be renewed. Sorry if I'm asking the obvious. Regards. Steve.

16/07/2020 10:55:24

Hi All, thanks for replying to my thread all most helpful, it sounds feasible to get a boiler certificate in due course, so my plan is is to commence a careful strip down to deal with the cosmetic issues learning about any mechanical problems with a view to getting them sorted and at the same time make contact with a local boiler inspector.

I will track down Paul's build thread as that sounds like a good starting point as well, I'll get hold of the orange boiler booklet for reference.

My engine is a Ruston 4 inch Tractor, the Winson Boiler certificate gives it boiler no. 43 hydraulically tested to 350 psi minimum for a working pressure of 120 psi.

Thanks again for your help and taking the time to reply.


15/07/2020 13:45:39

Thanks for the reply, I'm in Chichester and we do have a thriving model engineers in the city, at the moment I'm waiting to hear back from them as we're reluctant to go out at the present. Assume the boiler is unused but 20 years old what I'd appreciate is a quick comment on the complexity of the testing and what's involved, ie does the boiler have to be stipped out of the model or is it tested in the completed engine? I'm can't decide if it can be a working model or an a static until I can get an rough idea as to what needs to be done to get it in steam. As a 'steam newbie' all advice is welcome.


15/07/2020 10:43:23

Hi, I'm hoping someone can help me , I have a 4 inch Ruston Proctor traction engine kit built from a Winson kit in 2000/2001, sadly the builder was unable to finish it having built about 95% of it. I've boxes of unfitted parts and the build sheets except the one dealing with the boiler. The boiler has a certificate dated 2000 and I've a lot of material certificates that go with it, the engine has never been steamed although I believe it was run on compressed air at one point... my question is this in simple terms please... what is needed to get a boiler certificate now bearing in mind it's 20 years old? I need to decide if I should try to build it as a working engine or keep it as a static before I start. I'll have to strip it down to carry out a cosmetic refurbishment anyway as 20 years in a garage has left some minor surface rust on some areas, nothing serious though.

You help/comments appreciated as this is a new hobby for me having always been into cars.


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