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Left Hand/Right Hand Engine standard?


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Old 08-10-2009, 09:46:57 PM
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Default Left Hand/Right Hand Engine standard?

All,

I'm curious about what is accepted as "standard" nomenclature concerning the orientation of a steam engine atop a boiler on a traction engine.

I'll assume that if the cylinder, crosshead, crank, etc. is on the left and the flywheel is on the right, the engine is LEFT HANDED?

I'll assume that if the cylinder, crosshead, crank, etc. is on the right and the flywheel is on the left, the engine is RIGHT HANDED?

Left Handed is more common, but Peerless, some Farquhar, etc. are Right Handed.....

Is this what is considered standard or is this backwards?

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Also,

If the cylinder is facing towards the rear and the crank is to the rear of the cylinder, what nomenclature is this called?

If the cylinder is facing towards the front and the crank is forward of the cylinder, what nomenclature is this called?

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Default Re: Left Hand/Right Hand Engine standard?

It all comes down to what you learned on. I see any engine that has the throttle vertical as normal and any that has the throttle horizontal (or any other levers) as not. Because that is the engine I started out with.
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Default Re: Left Hand/Right Hand Engine standard?

Also Also,

If the main traction axle is behind the boiler, the engine is said to be REAR MOUNTED.

If the main traction axle (hubs) are mounted to the side of the boiler/firebox, the engine is said to be SIDE MOUNTED.

If the main traction axle runs under the boiler/firebox, the engine is said to be UNDERMOUNTED.

What deviations or other terminology is used here?

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Default Re: Left Hand/Right Hand Engine standard?

A 1897 Huber at our local shows is right-handed per the above. Makes it a pain to line up for belt work, as the pulley is on the opposite side of the controls. To the owners' credit, they rarely miss.

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Default Re: Left Hand/Right Hand Engine standard?

"Normal" to me is left-handed. At Vista, 6 engines (Two Cases, two Russels, one Minneapolis, and one Advance) are this way, and it's how I think it should be. The Buffalo Pitts roller is backwards, though they had the courtesy to stick the steering wheel on the other side too, so it's no problem to belt up. Left handed allows you to crank on the wheel with your right arm (most folks are right-handed, myself included), which is typically a person's stronger arm. Steering sure takes more strength then jockeying the throttle.

If you want to go further, how about lever layouts? Which way are the levers laid out on your engines? Looking from left-to-right on the museum's Advance, the layout is Throttle, Reverse, Clutch. On the Case it is Reverse, Throttle, Clutch. The Buffalo Pitts is Reverse, Throttle. There is no clutch; it's a pin only.
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Default Re: Left Hand/Right Hand Engine standard?

Some of the books I have read avoid the left & right side question behind by defining it in a different way. Cylinder side or Flywheel side instead of left or right. Head end or Crank end instead of front & back. This method helps to avoid a lot of confusion.
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Default Re: Left Hand/Right Hand Engine standard?

In Boats,
When the flywheel is on the other end of the engine from where you are standing and it turns in a clockwise direction it is a right hand engine...
counterclockwise is a left hand engine.......
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