Kind of Toys:
Steam Toys Vertical-Steam-Engines
Size (LxWxH in inch):
7,5" x 4,75" x 14,5"
Size (LxWxH in cm):
19 x 12 x 37 cm
Results: (E=Ebay; D=Sale; B=Auction) (Z=Condition)
D Z3-4 282,50 2017
This engine has a name plate attached with the inscription "W. J. B. L. & Co. Northampton", which is almost certainly Bassett-Lowke. However, it's not likely to have been made by B-L, just imported and sold by them.
The vertical copper boiler is 115mm diam x 110mm high. It has a traditional sight glass as well as a pair of try-cocks. On the brass top plate, there are a weighted lever type safety valve (weight missing), a steam pressure gauge, filler cap and steam regulator. It has a single smoke tube and a substantial brass chimney. The boiler sits on a cast iron base with room for a burner, (missing presumably meths). There is a fancy firebox door to allow access to the burner.
Steam is fed from the regulator to the steam chest, containing a slide valve. The cylinder is a cast brass one of traditional style, similar to Model Dockyard types. It is approx. 15mm bore x 32mm stroke. There is an oiling point on top of the cylinder. The piston rod is connected to a conrod, but without a proper crosshead. The coupling does, however, slide against a machined part of ther frame which takes the lateral forces. The con-rod is coupled to a disk crank. The crankshaft is fitted with an 80mm diameter cast iron flywheel with curved spokes. The crankshaft is supported by a pair of brass bearings with oiling points. Between the bearings is an eccentric driving a valve rod.