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Offline Jasonb

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2" Fowler Traction Engine
« on: March 27, 2011, 03:55:09 PM »
As the sun was shining I thought I would take a few shots of progress so far of my Traction engine, some of you have probably seen progress on HMEM or TT but for those that don't frequent them here are a few shots, just under 4yrs since I started it.







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Re: 2" Fowler Traction Engine
« Reply #1 on: March 27, 2011, 04:16:51 PM »
Very nice Jason
 
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Re: 2" Fowler Traction Engine
« Reply #2 on: March 27, 2011, 04:19:11 PM »
Excellent work Jason. Yes, I have been watching your progress on TT forums. I have all the plans for the Minnie and found TT and yourself through there...

It is amazing work. It is hard to imagine where you would start building something like that!!
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Re: 2" Fowler Traction Engine
« Reply #3 on: March 27, 2011, 04:55:12 PM »
waoooooo  :bow: :bow: :bow:
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Re: 2" Fowler Traction Engine
« Reply #4 on: March 27, 2011, 11:35:02 PM »
Jason

You are making a lovely job on that engine. Just looking at the detail I can start to realize the amount of time that you have invested in this engine. It looks like you are on the home stretch now. I'll be watching. Thanks for showing it to us.  :ddb: :ddb:

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Re: 2" Fowler Traction Engine
« Reply #5 on: March 28, 2011, 11:59:52 AM »
Hi Jason

That's a really fine bit of engineering  :bow: :bow: :bow:  ,,,,,,,,,  a show winner  :thumbup:


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Re: 2" Fowler Traction Engine
« Reply #6 on: March 28, 2011, 02:36:43 PM »
WOW! I love all of the detail, the rivets look great. Nice work.

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Re: 2" Fowler Traction Engine
« Reply #7 on: March 28, 2011, 03:39:37 PM »
Hi Jason,

Very nice work - beautiful :clap: :clap: :clap:

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Re: 2" Fowler Traction Engine
« Reply #8 on: March 28, 2011, 09:17:39 PM »
That looks bloody gorgeous!

In some ways, it will be be a shame to paint it once it's finished.

Maybe I'll see it at a show sometime - hope so.

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Re: 2" Fowler Traction Engine
« Reply #9 on: March 29, 2011, 11:52:25 AM »
Hi Jason, thanks for putting that up on this board, that is a truly beautiful piece of work, stunning in every way.  Your attention to detail is amazing and skillful.  I have often wanted to build something of that complexity, but haven't had the patience to take one on, you are to be commended, and I hope it is inspiring enough to get me off my behind, and take on something like it.  Please keep us apprised of its progress, now that you've enticed us with these shots. :beer:  cheers, Jack

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Re: 2" Fowler Traction Engine
« Reply #10 on: March 30, 2011, 04:48:07 AM »
Hi Jason
I am using your engine as my computer desktop as I like it that much
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Re: 2" Fowler Traction Engine
« Reply #11 on: March 30, 2011, 12:32:42 PM »
Poetry in metal, Jason!  :thumbup:

Blummin well done.......  :clap: :clap:

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Re: 2" Fowler Traction Engine
« Reply #12 on: March 30, 2011, 02:16:58 PM »
Nah! I think this is a fake...

What he's done is,  he's got a real traction engine and shrunk it !  :poke:

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Jason, that is amazing!
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Re: 2" Fowler Traction Engine
« Reply #13 on: March 30, 2011, 02:40:39 PM »
Very impressive  :bow:
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Re: 2" Fowler Traction Engine
« Reply #14 on: March 30, 2011, 02:45:58 PM »
That really is a nice bit of work Jason.

Very good engineering by the looks of it.

I always wanted to build one, but I was unwilling to commit myself to the time involved, so concentrated my efforts on smaller projects.

It looks like your four year effort is nearing completion.

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Re: 2" Fowler Traction Engine
« Reply #15 on: March 30, 2011, 03:33:04 PM »
Thanks for all the kind comments, I'll make sure to keep you all upto date with progress. I had intended this engine to be a long term project with a few smaller items done along the way but seem to have rather concentrated on the Traction Engine ::)

For anyone interested I have taken pictures of most of the individual parts and they are in this album

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Re: 2" Fowler Traction Engine
« Reply #16 on: March 30, 2011, 04:12:41 PM »
I have been viewing all of your'e photos and I am so inpresse.  :bow: :bow: :bow:
A stupid question, is anything done by casting or have you done everything by your'e self?  :dremel:
I wich that I could do anything like that  :(
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Re: 2" Fowler Traction Engine
« Reply #17 on: March 30, 2011, 04:39:19 PM »
 :jaw: :jaw: :jaw: :jaw: :bow:
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Re: 2" Fowler Traction Engine
« Reply #18 on: March 30, 2011, 11:38:24 PM »
Wonderful - no other word fits.
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Re: 2" Fowler Traction Engine
« Reply #19 on: March 31, 2011, 02:35:51 AM »
There are approx 50 castings plus some lazer cut parts like the spokes and a few spinnings like the gear gaurd outers and spud pan (dish under axle)

Its getting very close to its finished weight of around 70kg, 150lbs

Unfortunately I have not taken very many in progress pictures on this engine but there are a few here

Jason

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Re: 2" Fowler Traction Engine
« Reply #20 on: March 31, 2011, 03:12:51 PM »
The larger cast ones were purchased as rough castings, then I did all the machining on them before returning to the suppliers for him to hob out the actual gear teeth, at 6DP they were too big for my machine really. The smaller ones were purchased as stock gears from HPC (boston would be similar) and then machined to the required profile, this worked out cheaper than buying the required involute cutters and again at 8 and 10DP still quite a big cut for an X3 to manage.

When I do machine gears I use the set-up thats shown at the start of this album

J

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Re: 2" Fowler Traction Engine
« Reply #21 on: August 26, 2016, 08:12:07 AM »
any idea what pressure angle 14.4 or 20 degrees gear cutter ?

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Re: 2" Fowler Traction Engine
« Reply #22 on: August 26, 2016, 08:36:52 AM »
Welcome aboard Ben  :thumbup:

Why don't you pop a post in the Introductions section and tell us a little about yourself and your workshop and projects. By the way - we like pictures  :beer:
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Re: 2" Fowler Traction Engine
« Reply #23 on: August 26, 2016, 05:08:20 PM »
Wow! That is gorgeous!

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Re: 2" Fowler Traction Engine
« Reply #24 on: August 27, 2016, 02:59:56 AM »
20 degrees

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Re: 2" Fowler Traction Engine
« Reply #25 on: October 06, 2016, 05:46:24 PM »
2011 to 2016 - is it finished Jason?  :worthless:
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Re: 2" Fowler Traction Engine
« Reply #26 on: October 07, 2016, 03:59:51 AM »
No not touched it fow way too long, plenty of other models made (and completed)since though

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Re: 2" Fowler Traction Engine
« Reply #27 on: October 08, 2016, 02:58:28 AM »
Fair enough, give us a post on here when you get back onto it.
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