3” Traction Engine Build
Ever wondered what you are faced with when you start a large model engineering project? Here you go…
As this engine is fully written-up in my two books – Little Samson 1 & 2, which are still available (contact me), this build will only be a pictorial guide.
The boiler was made by a certified boiler welders, this is necessary to get the correct CE paperwork etc, the ring on the right is the smokebox.
A few years work in a few pictures.
As it was on 08/09/2006. The hornplates are fitted along with 2nd and crank shaft bearings and dummy shafts. The gears are being test fitted.
09/09/2006 – The riveting on the hornplates is now done, apart from holding the steering shaft brackets on, they are all ornamental.
30/09/2006 – The steering fitted and all shaft bearings done.
14/10/2006. – The first full fit-up. The rear axle is complete and work has now started on the smokebox and chimney.
10/08/2007 – Pretty much the same state but now in its new double garage workshop after our house move, much more space!
June 2008 – All finished and ready for it’s first steaming.
Video of first run