My Dream Model Steam Traction Engine Project Has Now Officially Commenced

Suddenly when everything for our retiring in Thailand was going well and I thought it couldn’t get any better – suddenly it did!

Overnight my dream of building  a half size (6″ scale) model of Savage’s Little Samson steam traction engine became a real possibility.

Before I show you why let me show you what the dream is.

Here are some photos and a movie of 6″ scale Little Samson steam traction engines built and owned by other people.

First a half-size (6″ scale) Little Samson model traction engine with it’s owner just to show you the size of it:-

Image of Keiths Savages Little Samson Steam Model Traction Engine 6 Inch Scale

Keiths Savage’s Little Samson Steam Model Traction Engine 6 Inch Scale

Here is a movie of another 6″ model in action to show you how it looks when running:-

And below are photos of another model to show you the wonderful details:-

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But These Are All Someone Else’s Models – I Have To Build My Own

And to do that I need some very big machine tools. Workshop equipment to the uninitiated.

My own machine tools (and here I’m talking about a lathe and a milling machine for example) in my model engineering workshop here in Pakchong (Pak Chong), Thailand, simply aren’t big enough. Even the machine tools I’ll soon be bringing from my other model engineering workshop back in the UK won’t be anywhere near big enough.

Then Suddenly – Overnight – My Dream Came To Life

I was looking around in Thailand to try to obtain the big machine tools and had several lines of investigation and a couple of offers open.

The I received an email from John in Bangkok who seemed to have just what I was looking for. John emailed me some photos and I have uploaded them to a new web page on the ModelEngineeringInThailand.com website called “Photos Of The Big Lathe And Milling Machine I Bought In Thailand“.

To see the photos of the big lathe and milling machine I bought in Thailand “Click Here

 

 


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2 Responses to “Dream Steam Traction Engine Model Project Officially Started”

  • roy:

    Wow excellent news for you ,both of those machines look more than capable of completing your steam engine i will watch with interest your progress on this project as i have done a little lathe work before in england with my old harrison and my father was a proper tool maker for many firms including Plesseys in liverpool who made mainly aircraft parts 
    good luck 

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    admin Reply:

    Hi Roy and thanks for the comment.

    Those machine tools are just about big enough to to make the traction engine parts but they will be stretched to their limits. The lathe isn’t big enough to machine the rear wheel rims but I may make those as built-up type so the rear rims won’t need machining.

    To make sure you get updated with progress of building the traction engine why not join the ModelEngineeringInThailand.com Announcement List?

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