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Old 11-12-2011, 02:00:05 AM
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Hello everyone! I've been checking out the forums here for about a week or so, and have finally taken the plunge and joined. I've been a professional mechanic for over 20 years, working on mainly antique and/or odd machinery. I was originally trained as a clockmaker and machinist, though I haven't used a lathe in many years.

I've recently rediscovered a deep abiding interest in steam power, as well as a renewed interest in early fractional horsepower motors. I have just come into a large collection of steam engines and associated goodies, and I'd like to learn more about these lovely machines. I hope to start posting pictures as soon as I figure out how to work this new-fangled thinky-box...

I'm really looking forward to meeting the like-minded folks around these parts. Howdy!

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Hey Frank,
Welcome aboard. I have a big interest in steam although I mostly collect hit and miss engines and drag saws. I'm in Westminster, Marland, what is your town near?
Anyway, you'll be happy here on Enginads. Always a lot of friendly people to talk to/ help.
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Old 11-12-2011, 11:02:19 AM
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Hi Luke, nice to met you! I'm just north of Philadelphia, in Bee-you-tee-ful Bucks County. I don't have a hit or miss engine (yet), but I do have many antique machines besides the steamers. Currently I'm tinkering on a 50's era Elgin outboard - I just have to clean out the carb and it should fire up.
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Hi Anachrochanic

I think I'll call you Frank for short!

Does that mean that you are anachronistic? I prefer "Frank". :-)

Not that you aren't the other, too, as most of here are.

Welcome to the Stak! Feel free to join in our insanity.

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Old 11-12-2011, 12:41:05 PM
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Hi Elden, nice to meet you!

Yes indeed, I'm an anachronistic kinda guy. I came up with the handle as a way to decribe what I do - Mechanic of Anachronisms. It rolled off the tongue easier than "Anachro-mechanic".

I can't tell you how many times I've heard a varation of, "What IS that thing?", "How does that work?" and of course the old standby, "Huh?", from folks who stumble into my work spaces.

And Frank works just fine. I even answer to "Hey you!" and the occasional "Yo!".

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Old 11-12-2011, 12:48:16 PM
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Frank; Always good to hear from someone getting into the hobby. Have you been going to any engine shows? There two fairly close to you. Jacktown is just outside of Bangor Pa. and Rough and Tumble one mile west of Gap Pa. They always have full size engines and models. If you haven't been to the Cabin Fever Model Show be sure not to miss it in January. Ron
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Hi Ron, nice to meet you!

Sadly, I have not yet been to any shows that are specifically for old engines and equipment, though I have been to plenty of state and grange fairs. There are usually a good crop of antique engines there - find them and you'll usually find me.

I do plan on attending a few shows next season, and thanks for the heads up. I'm actually moving this winter, closer to the Coolsprings show...

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I've recently rediscovered a deep abiding interest in steam power, as well as a renewed interest in early fractional horsepower motors. I have just come into a large collection of steam engines and associated goodies, and I'd like to learn more about these lovely machines. Frank
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Do tell us more about your steam engines!

For some odd reason, I prefer traction engines! Come visit us over on the steam forum.

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Old 11-12-2011, 03:12:50 PM
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Hi Beth! Nice to meet you!!!

I've posted up a couple of pics of my Corliss model, manufacturer unknown. It's a quite large model with a very heavy cast base, which has the cylinder and bearing saddles integral to the casting. It's a very well done piece,, with a central oiling system and governor, and is very heavy-duty. It may even be an old mill engine that someone dropped a scale railing onto.

The rest seem to be Stuart Turners - so far I've counted around seven of them. There is a very nice diorama with a 10V and boiler all set up - here are a couple pics of that. There are three Watt Beam engines in various stages of finish, all with reverser casting kits included, one as yet unidentified Stuart twin, an old industrial boiler pump engine (the direct drive type with the rod operating the pump), an incomplete steam tractor (came with a book, I think that's what he was making), a bar stock engine that has stumped me so far, and a couple others in pieces and in raw castings. There are at least three boilers (look to be Stuarts), aside from the one on the diorama. I also got several Craftsman machinist's boxes (the kind with the divided plastic drawers) full of all sorts of fitting including globe valves (has to be three dozen of those in there), miniature tube and elbows, whistles, metal stock, taps and dies, drill bits, screws, and on and on. There is also a box full of antique steam books, many textbooks from the turn of the century as well as several old MAP how-to booklets and several sets of blueprints.

Overall, it's a bit overwhelming. I'm still digging through it all.

I'll be posting pictures of the entire lot soon though.

Thanks for the warm welcome!!

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Oops, I made a mistake! The pictures here are of the Stuart diorama with the 10V and associated bits. The pictures of the Corliss are over in the Steam Models section. Sorry for the confusion!

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Frank,

Nice engines. You have come to the right spot for information.

I'll be looking for your threads with questions.

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On further examination, it looks like there is at least one (though there are parts for a second) Stuart Twin Launch engine as well as a dismantled Stuart No. 4. The upright casting on the No. 4 has a piece broken off, so I would have to get another piece. The twin launch engine needs a good cleaning, honing and paint before it goes back together - it has a bit of wear in the eccentrics that would need attention too. There are many other parts however that still look like they could go together to make an engine, if I can only sort them out.

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Hello Frank I see you and I have a thing in common the steam models I dont have any yet but they are cool to look at. Most of the scale model engineers prefer them to run slow. I am a tractor and starionry Engine guy but I guess dad has a wilsecso steam roller and I have a steam car in my room but toehr than that no really cool stuff.


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Hello Alex! Nice to meet you.

I have lots of family out your way, in Vermillion - my grandfather was from there, and his siblings stayed local as did many of their children and grandchildren.

It all started with a pair of battered old-but-not-antique Wilescos for me, purchased inexpensively online. Then a friend of mine cleaned out the house of a late machinist and sold me the tools and all the steam stuff, and what a haul it was! I'd instantly joined the hobby in a BIG way. I'm selling off the CNC machine, that should cover the entire cost, allow me to keep the Bridgeport lathe AND make me a little money, too!

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Ya Old Vermillion is about 2 hrs south of me here. But it is home to one of the biggest Rivalry colleges in South Dakota with the big well known NCAA Mens Basketball team north of me the South Dakota State Jacks and in Vermillion oh The University of South Dakota Coyotes they are really nice campuses I have been to SDSU alot and to USD for a HS football Game championship.
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