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Monday, 17 December 2012

Steam Generating Plant

This project, from about three or four years ago now is one I am very pleased with. It started life as a standard Wilesco D20 steam engine that I bought many many years ago from PPS Steam Models (now sadly defunct) and provided me many years of enjoyment. I decided to do something with it and after experimenting with a few Meccano motors I came up with a nice design for a generator. I came up with further ideas which were added to the design as I went along: a boiler feed pump to keep the water topped up, a control panel, and a water tank among other things. The project is still not finished - I have a few ideas for further improvements such as the fitting of a gas burner to make the increased running times allowed by the boiler feed pump to be more enjoyable.

The Engineer.

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