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Help! => Specific Engine Help => Topic started by: GordonL on June 11, 2014, 06:01:31 PM

Title: Steam roller
Post by: GordonL on June 11, 2014, 06:01:31 PM
Does anyone know where I can obtain plans for a small steam/road roller. I am not having much luck in locating at least overall views even if I have to make drawings from that. I can find several others looking for plans on various forums but no actual plans. Obviously free would be good but reasonable price is OK too.
Title: Re: Steam roller
Post by: Jasonb on June 11, 2014, 06:20:42 PM
The Minnie 1" scale engine can be built as a roller, Reeves or Blackgates have the deawings and castings.

MJ Engineering do their 2" Burrel in roller form, as the original was a small engine anyway its not massive

There is also a tandem roller in 1.5" scale by Bill Harris that was in Live Steam , it uses Stuart cylinder casting.
Title: Re: Steam roller
Post by: mklotz on June 11, 2014, 06:25:24 PM
Bill Harris published complete plans for a two cylinder, 1-1/2 scale steamroller in the March 1990 issue of Live Steam.

Later Village Press, the publishers, sold the plans separately as a stand-alone pamphlet.  I have a copy but I think it's now out of print; I can't find it on their website. 

Perhaps try to obtain the relevant back issue of the magazine from the publishers or a local steam railroading club.
Title: Re: Steam roller
Post by: GordonL on June 11, 2014, 08:43:15 PM
Thanks for the information. I saw a picture on one of the forums a year or so back where someone had made one in pink for his daughter/granddaughter. Looked to be about 6-8" long. I am thinking about something like that for my granddaughter.
Title: Re: Steam roller
Post by: ausdier on June 12, 2014, 02:24:53 AM
There is always this one.
Title: Re: Steam roller
Post by: tangler on June 12, 2014, 10:18:05 AM
Well, I suppose there is steam involved since the i.c. engine is hopper cooled  :)  Seriously though, in these days of increasing reluctance to build boilers, it should be a good option.  Unfortunately I'm not aware of the castings for the engine being available.  Has one ever been built since the 1930s?

Cheers,

Rod
Title: Re: Steam roller
Post by: steamer on June 12, 2014, 10:23:15 AM
Yes actually, thee is a man in Canada who is building the road roller.

Dave
Title: Re: Steam roller
Post by: vcutajar on June 12, 2014, 11:35:17 AM
And I know a guy here who is trying to restore two real ones.

Vince
Title: Re: Steam roller
Post by: Marinus on June 12, 2014, 12:00:05 PM
If you want I can maybe email you the plans for a Kenneth Wells TE, you could make it into a roller
Title: Re: Steam roller
Post by: GordonL on June 12, 2014, 12:45:15 PM
Thanks. I was not familiar with the Kenneth Wells TE but the plans are available so I will take a look.
Title: Re: Steam roller
Post by: pgp001 on June 12, 2014, 01:00:55 PM
I think the 1" Aveling DX engine castings might be available from LA Services (The Engineers Emporium)

We used to own a full size one of those rollers as well, it was a lovely machine to use, I once considered building a 3" scale model but never got round to it.
I do have some original Aveling drawings stashed away for it though.

Phil
Title: Re: Steam roller
Post by: tangler on June 12, 2014, 02:58:06 PM
I think the 1" Aveling DX engine castings might be available from LA Services (The Engineers Emporium)


   :ThumbsUp:   So they are! :thinking:

Thanks, Phil,

Rod
Title: Re: Steam roller
Post by: Jo on June 12, 2014, 03:18:02 PM
Before you rush into anything Rod you might want to talk to Eric O  ;)

Jo
Title: Re: Steam roller
Post by: fumopuc on June 12, 2014, 07:03:22 PM
Hi Gordon, I do not if somebody already mentioned
 http://modelengineeringwebsite.com/Metric_Minnie_1.html  (http://modelengineeringwebsite.com/Metric_Minnie_1.html)
May be an Option.
Title: Re: Steam roller
Post by: Jasonb on June 12, 2014, 07:39:28 PM
At 6 to8 inches long you may be better off with the "Little Ben" traction engine that was in ME around 2000-2001, looks a bit like a more detailed Mamod and could easily be done as a roller. It has a simple oscillator and is spirit fired. There was a nice version of it with a traditional slide vale double acting cylinder at the ME show a year or two ago

(http://www.model-engineer.co.uk/sites/7/images/member_albums/44290/382824.jpg)
Title: Re: Steam roller
Post by: Roger B on June 12, 2014, 09:14:17 PM
That's a nice looking little engine  :ThumbsUp:  :ThumbsUp: I certainly missed that!