Mini Steam Engine for a Mini Boat

A mini steam engine for a mini boat

The best part of our job is seeing all of the cool and creative things that our customers make. We recently had a customer pop into will call and tell us about the mini steam engine he was making. Naturally this was built for a mini steam boat! We asked for some pictures, and he provided, along with an email to explain what all he did!

“Here is a photo of the small steam engine that I made. It is a twin cylinder with a bore of 0.5” and stroke of 0.625” and has full reversing gear with steam cutoff control. It is installed in a 30” model of the tug Shelley Foss. The engine is 4” long so it has many small parts that kept me busy for many hours in my home shop.

All materials came from Online Metals. I really appreciate the availability of your wide range of materials and your ability to supply the small quantities that I need. Now retired, I taught ME at the UW for 38 years. I got my machining training during my student days in Glasgow from Roll-Royce.  The model that I am starting on is of a Corliss steam engine and is a lot bigger with a bore of 1.25” and a stroke of 2.5”.”

We will certainly look forward to seeing the larger Corliss steam engine when the project wraps up.  Thanks to our valued customer for sharing and here are some great photos of the end result.
steam engine
steam engine

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