LETTERS


| November/December 1964



Pictured with the engine

Pictured with the engine is my son.

W. L. Blakely

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.