LETTERS


| November/December 1964


Courtesy of Mr. H. S. Fox, Mt. Royal, New Jersey

While at the Spring Reunion of the 'Rough & Tumble Engineers' Elmer asked me if I would write a little article on my 2' scale British type Traction Engine. Plucking up a little courage, here goes.

Having originated from England, I suppose it was natural that my engine had to be of this type, so with the aid of information from the British magazine, 'Model Engines,' I started work in 1961. As I had no plans of a 2' scale engine. I used the plans given of the I' scale. Here most model makers will show that the difference of scale is quite a mechanical difference if the machine is to be a working success. Studying this closely, I asked myself, 'how long will it hold up?'

Another thing I had to have was a simple engine. but at the same time powerful. T think the performance it gave at the August Meet at Kinzers in 1962 was good proof this little engine had IT. She was in steam about 16 hours during the 2 days I was there, pulling me around on a 4 wheel trailer, weight being about twice its own weight.

Starting with the boiler, it is a piece of 6' diameter copper, built Cornish style, with a round firebox 7' long. There are 19 - 5/8' diameter copper fire tubes and makes plenty of steam for the 1 x 2cylinders. Everything for this engine was cut from scrap material or bits and pieces that could be readily obtained.

The front wheels are 8 in diameter and the rear wheels are 12' in diameter. The flywheel is 8' in diameter. Safety valve lifts at 60 lbs. This pressure I find ample for the amount of pull as any more would only make the drivers spin worse than they do now. I fire it with pieces of hard wood cut about square x 7' long. I find that this fuel is better for steaming than coal as it eliminates constant cleaning of the tubes and firebox.