Rare Ames Steam Engine: Ames Iron Works Design Prone to Boiler Explosion

There’s not much known about this early Ames steam engine except it has a poor boiler design

Judging by the 36-inch boiler, this 1885 Ames portable steam engine is a 12 hp model. Other Ames portables had boilers 44, 48 and 54 inches in diameter.
Judging by the 36-inch boiler, this 1885 Ames portable steam engine is a 12 hp model. Other Ames portables had boilers 44, 48 and 54 inches in diameter.
Nikki Rajala