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Lamp Post Engine

A steam engine driving an electric generator

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Nigel (egi)03/07/2020 20:51:21
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Its taken me a while to finish this engine, it sat for a number of years on display and I kept thinking that I need to add a lantern. Finally I decided to do the sheet metal work for the lantern, really as a trial before I build the main body for the traction engine project that is also on the workbench.


This also meant I needed to add a generator, I created a simple swing arm and used a small electric motor driven from the flywheel.

Just need to now share a video of it running. The light bulb was turned out of perspex and a small LED fitted inside - some hints on machining perspex.

Nigel (egi)03/07/2020 20:59:07
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The complete engine

and a close up of the bulb

Grindstone Cowboy03/07/2020 21:18:47
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I like that! Very nice work.


paul rayner03/07/2020 21:36:48
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thats brilliant very unusual

Nigel (egi)03/07/2020 22:09:46
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Thanks for the kind remarks, I will create a youtube video of it running as it does come to life even on compressed air. The original engine was inspired by a MalpressPeake engine design.

I'm now creating some plans for the complete design, although this may take some time.

I did play with a few different motors to find the right one, there are some larger diameter small motors that work quite well.

small motor used for dynamo

Bazyle03/07/2020 22:19:20
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It is an interesting engne on its own but the lamp standard is a great twist.

Perhaps you can hide the wires, or at least make them cotton covered to be in period.

JasonB04/07/2020 07:10:20
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A very nice and unique engine, look forward to the video of it in action.

Hopper04/07/2020 08:12:39
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Way cool. Imagine a world with one of them chuffing away on every street corner. Heaven.

Stewart Hart04/07/2020 08:31:09
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I Like that very much


Roderick Jenkins04/07/2020 09:47:24
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Great fun and nicely executed yes


Stuart Bridger04/07/2020 10:48:57
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Very nice work!

Nigel (egi)04/07/2020 11:56:21
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A youtube video with stills and words around the build, then finally some movies of it running
duncan webster04/07/2020 12:35:08
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That's brilliant! Sorry for the pun, but it really is

geoff walker 104/07/2020 12:53:57
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That is wonderful, I am so impressed. Well done


Jim C05/07/2020 07:41:04
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Well done Nigel, a really interesting design. Can’t wait for its serialisation. Maybe in MEW ? It’s certainly a project I would like to embark on, when I get other jobs off the bench that is !! Cheers for sharing it.

Oven Man05/07/2020 10:20:55
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Very nice indeed. I love the way the generator runs off the rim of the fly wheel, makes for a very neat and compact installation.


Derek Lane05/07/2020 11:54:48
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Very nice.

Another little tip for getting a clear finish on perspex or any other type of acrylic is the same as you did with the sandpaper is when finished use something like T cut for cars and rub that on while the lathe is turning. I make pens using acrylic but I use Burnishing cream which is basically the same as T Cut. Even for the drilled hole this can work but use a wooden dowel with it

Phil H105/07/2020 12:02:22
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Really nice engine and a nice unique idea. I don't think I would ever try this myself but I believe you can polish acrylic with a naked flame!!! Flame polishing!

Ian Johnson 105/07/2020 14:47:22
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Very nice, a good looking model. Well done yes


Ady105/07/2020 15:01:37
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