This section houses the otherwise unhouseable. Any articles which either fit into multiple categories from the site but not quite any one category, or just stuff which does not fit anywhere is here. I really cannot give you a better description than that, so take the chance and read the articles.
The images and text in this set of pages is from the 1908 Lunkenheimer catalog. I've reproduced them here to make identifying oilers and other attachments for our engines (both steam and internal combustion). Eventually I'll include some other items from this catalog, but this set is enough for now!
This is a small collection of logos to help you reproduce them in your restorations. If you have a logo from a defunct manufacturer please contact me to make arrangements to send them to me for inclusion on this page.…
A Petrol (gasoline) Torch is used anywhere a large amount of heat is required in a short time. Today we get out the butane or propane blow torch and go for it, but in times gone by the petrol torch was they way to go.
Close all valves and fill the cold torch about 70% full of petrol through the filler plug on the tank. Make sure the filler plug is tight and does not leak.
Pump up the pressure in the tank by opening the air intake valve, then pumping with the hand pump. Close the air intake valve.
Many torches require pre-heating before they will work properly. Do this by slightly opening the petrol valve and allowing some fuel to dribble into the pre-heater tray. Close the petrol valve tight. Light the fuel in the pre-heater tray. Once it has burned the torch should be hot enough.
Open the petrol valve until a mist emits from the nozzle. Light the mist with a match and adjust for desired flame size. If the flame is yellow and your torch is the kind with a pre-heater, shut off the flame and repeat the pre-heating step. The flame should be hot blue.
Disclaimer: While Richard is an experienced welder, the responsibility for following any of the adivce is yours.…
Wind is free but you don't get nuttin for nuttin Windmills are delightful things, they screech and rattle, day and night, day in day out, so long as there is wind. The little outback town of Springsure used to have a windmill in every house yard, you can imagine the tune on a windy night. Windmills are used for a variety of things, the best known in Australia is for pumping water, but some charge batteries.
There are a huge range of sizes with wheels from 8 to 30 feet (2.4 to 9.14 meters) in diameter. Standing as tall as 59 feet or 18 meters, capable of pumping up to 10,450 gallons that's 47,440 liters per day from bores as deep as 600 feet or 183 meters. Just stop right there ! Lets think about that a minute. A bore 600 feet deep with a 4.5 inch pipe down it with a 6 inch pump on the end would be lifting 1.2 gallons of water each stroke. If there was 500 feet between the top of the water in the bore and the top of the tank there would be 344.5 gallons of water in the pipe alone weighing 1.53 Imperial tons, (not counting the weight of the pump rods) this is all hanging on the mill the moment the up stroke begins. ( the power of the wind)…
On a quiet Sunday evening in the small town of Medina in the state of Ohio in the USA people were setting up exhibits for the fair due to open the next day. This fair could have been any one of our shows anywhere in the world. The people who were working were thinking of the days ahead, of the enjoyment they would experience, of the things they would do and see. The town and surrounding area were looking forward to a week of fun and adventure. Instead their small town was attacked, four people were killed, around fourty-five injured, eleven of which were still in hospital in serious condition a week later. No-one expected this to happen. This disaster devastated the town, and will have an impact on our hobby for some time to come. My thoughts are for the people, families and friends of those killed and hurt.
On 29 July at 6:20pm as a Case 110HP Steam Traction Engine was being moved into its place in the fairground it violently exploded probably due to a critical low water condition. While we will probably never know the exact circumstances, investigation to date shows that the fusible plug failed to melt as it should have. Water sprayed onto the white hot crown sheet and exploded into steam at a rate that the boiler and safety systems simply could not cope with. The resulting explosion blew out the fire box and threw the engine 5 meters (15 feet) into the air. The flash of super heated steam and shrapnel ripped through the surrounding area killing the owner of the engine Clifford Kovacic, his son Billy Kovacic, and family friends Alan Kimble and Dennis Jungbluth.…