A toasty HOT
small sample of
some of our work
road or hobby steam - whatever takes your fancy?
are two old friends from the north of England who have got the taste of
engineering in our blood.
Mel is a time served engineer who likes to
be mucked up
all the time - a hands on type, while I, George, (the
typist sort-of) became interested in steam engine model making
some time ago. We are both now retired and have a little time on our
hands, so we got together and came up with this site to help 'newbies'
learn a thing or two and maybe progress onto better things.
With the industrial decline over the last
we noticed there were fewer people joining the ranks of engineering,
and as we both like model engineering, then we teamed up to produce
this site with the intention of filling the gap between the frustrated
absolute novice who plays with his Mamod or the likes and has ambitions
to move on to better things, through to the highly experienced engineer
who owns his own larger live-steam engine and can turn his hand to
likes to tinker and
get 'down and dirty' and shuns computers, but his experience is
profound. In fact, I like to get 'down and dirty too - it's a (old) lad
I am sure.
If you have any questions regarding model
making, we should be able to answer them, although you will be working
through me as he doesn't like these 'new-fangled' contraptions. The
only thing we cannot answer questions on is this digital electronic
controlling of machines... We're into basic fundamental machine shop
practice... We're simply 'old fashioned'.
In fact, one of us, yours truly, is in the
process of writing a book on building PYRTE,
a live steam Pull-You-Round-Traction-Engine
for the absolute novice to build. At 26 inches long and weighing in at
almost 60 lbs bone dry (yes... I've not converted to this metric
malarky yet), she is
a robust traction engine that I've owned for some years now and is
capable of pulling an adult around with ease, and needs only a
3½ inch centre height lathe for the build, and even then
The idea is to offer the introduction and bits of different chapters to
you to muse
over so that any potential builder can decide
whether to procede or not, depending on their confidence and whether
they can follow the build instructions, before parting with any money
(which will be used to support this site for the benefit of all
potential steam enthusiasts).
The downloadable Ebook is to be offered at
minimal cost and this model should be completed inside 3 months before
you hit the
despondency doldrums just in case the wind is taken out of your sails
move onto other projects - it happens to us all.
have plans for this
site in that we want a place where any steam enthusiast can visit,
whether it is to find information, buy or sell steam related items and
workshop tooling, to help each other or simply natter with
minded people. Obviously this will be in the future if enough people
My brother Graeme has now joined me to add to the
confusion as Mel has decided to go his own way and Graeme will be
dealing with the Ebay side of things, along
with helping with the coal-fired engine we will produce for the novice
builder to get their teeth into in the near future.
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