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Offline steam guy willy

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Re: The Beeleigh Mill, Woolf compound engine.Maldon, Essex.
« Reply #225 on: March 23, 2016, 11:09:57 PM »


Interesting that the joint at the bearing on the original is not at the widest spot on the shaft, which is how I assumed they always were done. Any idea why? Possible that it has worn downwards over the years and they shortened the cap? Though that would change the rod lengths below too...?
[/quote]    Hi, I think the reason is ,as with the crankshaft bearings the two halves of the brasses are kept in position in the main block. As the top of the bearing is only held in position with two not very precision bolts there could be some sideways movement. On later engines the top block is made to fit exactly over the bottom block and this prevents any side ways movement. Here is a photo of a later beam engine that shows this type of construction. Thanks for the interest.
Willy........

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« Reply #226 on: March 24, 2016, 12:02:13 AM »
Thanks! Interesting detail.

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Re: The Beeleigh Mill, Woolf compound engine.Maldon, Essex.
« Reply #227 on: March 25, 2016, 12:45:31 AM »
It's just fascinating how much details where put into these engines. For the equipment they had to work with, you think they would of skipped the details. Your really doing a great job of transforming it into a model Willy.

Don

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« Reply #228 on: March 25, 2016, 12:58:52 AM »
It's just fascinating how much details where put into these engines. For the equipment they had to work with, you think they would of skipped the details. Your really doing a great job of transforming it into a model Willy.

Don
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Hi don, yes there are lots of great details and as it is from the 1830's it follows lot of the architecture of the period.  I have been exploring a local waterworks building that had three beam engines in it and they are even more ornate with some of the details......Almost a Cathedral to sewerage !! The building is now empty and derelict and the only thing left is the spiral staircase.....Enjoy.......
willy
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Re: The Beeleigh Mill, Woolf compound engine.Maldon, Essex.
« Reply #229 on: March 25, 2016, 01:08:44 AM »
a few more pics of the bevel gear drive to the Meyer Type valve gear etc

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« Reply #230 on: March 25, 2016, 04:08:25 AM »
I just love those old drawings! It's art and engineering and history and they're just amazing and wonderful.

Thank you!!

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Re: The Beeleigh Mill, Woolf compound engine.Maldon, Essex.
« Reply #231 on: March 27, 2016, 04:06:38 AM »
The beam bearings are finished and just need fitting. next is the Beam itself which will need some intensive thinking about to get it looking correct with all those mouldings.................

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« Reply #232 on: March 27, 2016, 11:46:39 PM »
Pictures of the engine so far..............

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« Reply #233 on: March 28, 2016, 12:06:55 AM »
Nice!

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Re: The Beeleigh Mill, Woolf compound engine.Maldon, Essex.
« Reply #234 on: March 28, 2016, 01:02:28 AM »
Hi Willy,
 She's coming along rather well! Loving your fabrication & filing work.

Cheers Kerrin
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« Reply #235 on: March 28, 2016, 01:13:42 AM »
Looking good, Willy.

I am really enjoying following along.

Joe

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« Reply #236 on: March 28, 2016, 01:32:40 AM »
Looking sweet Willy............ :ThumbsUp:


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Re: The Beeleigh Mill, Woolf compound engine.Maldon, Essex.
« Reply #237 on: March 28, 2016, 03:08:15 AM »
Amazing work Willy!

Thanks for keeping us updated on your latest project.

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« Reply #238 on: March 28, 2016, 08:25:26 PM »
Cracking job! Keep up the great work.
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Re: The Beeleigh Mill, Woolf compound engine.Maldon, Essex.
« Reply #239 on: March 29, 2016, 12:38:11 AM »
The beam is now tackled and it has been drawn up and measured. the cavetto mouldings will be quite challenging and also the detail at the end of the beam......Quite easy with a sharp gouge into wood but a different story with metal !! here are pics of the rusty Beeleigh engine and a contemporary one ensconced at the Ramm Brewery in Wandsworth London. Thanks for all the comments, it is very encouraging to receive them...cheers
Willy........
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