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Wiliam Henson16/11/2014 20:22:38
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Hi I'm new to this forum lark so please ignore any errors.

I've just acquired a 3" Suffolk dredging tractor complete with dredging buckets, does anybody know when the M.E. series on these buckets was published. Also is the chimney supposed to wobble? Surely not

Ady117/11/2014 09:30:27
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Volume 146 covers most of the build

The last bit is in ME3664 (vol 147)

146,3624,32,"""Countryman's Steam""","The ""Suffolk"" Steam Dredging Tractor in 3 in. scale",1,John
Haining,"Introduction, general arrangement"

Found no mention of the buckets or chimney in the index

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JasonB17/11/2014 09:38:41
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If I remember rightly the buckets were never covered in the main build and I'm not sure if he even described them, will do a bit of digging.

And no to the chimney. It should have a flange welded oe silver soldered to the bottom that bolts to a similar flange on the top of the boiler flue. If it is wobbling below the flange then you have a serious boiler problem

 

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Wiliam Henson17/11/2014 20:48:53
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Thanks for that Its the bucket articles I'm after. its the flange the chimney bolts to that wobbles,I cant see how its fixed to the boiler flue

JasonB17/11/2014 20:54:53
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Should be welded, click image for larger view

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Wiliam Henson17/11/2014 23:04:03
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Thanks Jason. Mines a copper boiler so I guess its silver soldered

Bill

Jon Cameron23/05/2019 11:56:37
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Hello I've heard John described a copper boiler variant in ME, does anyone know which issue this was please? The above comment is the closest I have got to his design while searching.

Also before anyone says that the steel one is fine, yes I'm sure it is, but I'm not a coded welder, and the club I'm in does not do tests for steel boilers only copper. So trying to circumnavigate paying separately for a boiler test on one engine.

Thanks in advance.

JasonB23/05/2019 13:26:37
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3672 sounds promising as it was a year or so after the series, think I have it but will have to look later.

You may get quite a few tests done for the additional cost of copper and silver solder over steel!

Jon Cameron23/05/2019 19:18:38
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Thank you Jason, I'll see if it's one I have, I don't have that many from around the 80's and 90's but I could dig it out from the club if needed.

I haven't actually priced up a boiler in steel and testing. I had assumed it would be dearer, I just thought it would be more convenient to have all tests done in one place, but you have me thinking now what the price difference would be.

peter ravenscroft24/05/2019 18:10:00
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would love know the outcome of your research into copper versus steel as i have always liked the Suffolk tractor and havee

thought of building on many times i must of missed the copper boiler issue looks as if i'm going to have to delve into my collection

regards

peter

JasonB24/05/2019 18:44:51
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No Joy. That article had some chat about the dredging arm but the rest was the ploughing engine boiler hence why it came up in a search.

peter ravenscroft26/05/2019 13:47:55
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hi

just had a troll on the net an found that western boilers list a Suffolk boiler in there traction engine boiler section

do not know of the cost or delivery

regards

peter

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