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Oscillating Cylinder Small Steam Engine


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Old 10-16-2017, 10:34:43 AM
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Default Oscillating Cylinder Small Steam Engine

Just had four small steam engines follow me home. One is a design I have seen only in model form, an oscillating cylinder. Built by Rice and Whitacre. The other three include 2 small home builts and a larger bottle frame with reverse linkage added. Anyone have any info on Rice and Whitacre engines?
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Default Re: Oscillating cylinder small steam engine

I have almost the identical engine that has been identified as a Kriebel. I also have the two cylinder marine engine with the Kriebel name plate. I don't have any idea what the connection is. Ron
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I have also seen a couple of Kreibel oscillating cylinder engines. Filer and Stowell built some oscillating cylinder engines, including a HUGE sawmill carriage engine-and steam locomotives!
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Mike The unusual thing about this engine is that the valve ports are on the end of the cylinder. I've never seen a model made like this. I have never seen another engine that works like this. The other oscillating engines have the valve ports on the side of the cylinder. Do any of the engines you mentioned work with the valve ports on the end of the cylinder? Ron
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I don't remember the valve arrangement, but will have a look when I am at Brooks Oregon next year. There is a guy who brings his dads collection to the Great Oregon Steam Up each year. Dad was an old world craftsman who built working models of dozens of different designs. Some of which were only theoretical and only ever existed on paper. He had a few different models that used an oscillating cylinder.
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I don't remember where I found it or who built it, whether it was an early locomotive engine or some other use but I have seen pictures 30 years or so ago of a Trunnion Based Oscillating Engine where the engine pivoted on a shaft or trunnion that had the steam line and exhaust running through it lengthwise with the ports drilled (or cast) through to the outside diameter with the corresponding ports in the cylinder that lined up as it Oscillated.

Obviously the drawing I just made isn't very accurate, (only so much I can do with the old 'paint' program), but hopefully it's good enough to give a rough idea how it worked.

I had thoughts many many years ago (probably at least 25 by now) about trying to build a small 3 cylinder model but never got beyond a somewhat poor attempt at making the trunnion and then never followed up with anything else on it. With the trunnion pivot design it could be made in almost any number of cylinders from a single to 2,3,4,6 or however many you want in-line limited only by the length of the trunnion and the amount of steam you could pass through it.

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