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Small Factory Built Steam Engine with Unusual Cylinder


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Old 11-24-2017, 09:36:15 PM
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Default Small Factory Built Steam Engine with Unusual Cylinder

I've had this engine for several years laying on my basement floor. It had a broken casting and needed cleaning up. I started working on it last week. This is the one that I ask about markings on the bolts that I never saw before. I got the crank mount welded , painted , and remounted. Some of the other parts were cleaned and painted. The cylinder and valve body are one casting are one piece. The valve operates by way of a push rod moving back and forth to a lever turning a shaft. I got it running smooth on 6 lbs. of air. B&S 2 1/2" X 2 1/4" with a 9 1/2" FW. There some casting numbers that start with B. While working on it I could tell that it came from something else and was taken off and mounted on this board. It's not a model and with the casting numbers and unusual cylinder , I was hoping that someone could identify it. Ron
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Here are some better pictures of the cylinder. Ron
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Default Re: Small factory built steam engine with unusual cylinder

Possibly started life as a steam pump manufactured by George F. Blake? (Hence the "B" seen on various cast parts?)

I have seen but not taken note of similar simplex pumps which embody a hand-lever about where the valve gear protrudes the valve chest - this to allow an operator to get the valve gear "off center" when the pump inadvertently stops at mid-stroke - and cannot be restarted.

See https://books.google.com/books?id=ga...mpany.&f=false for more on Blake.

Blake before the turn of the 20th century merged with L.J Knowles (aka Blake - Knowles Pumps) who were eventually absorbed in the Worthington dynasty.

I have seen several successful conversions of steam pumps into steam engines, including a duplex engine (no dead centers) done using a duplex Worthington Pump.
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Blake must have made items other than pumps. The crank and the bearing caps have B numbers. The only parts that don't look original are the piston rod slides. I found markings on the bottom of the cylinder today. I had to take the cylinder off to be able to read them. Pat'd , Aug. 24 , Nov. 16 , 1880. Ron
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