The Myfordboy Traction Engine

My Simple Steam Engine has been very successful and performs well.
I have now designed a simple traction engine using the same cylinder and engine parts.






Dimensions
Length           13"
Height            8"
Width             5.75"
Rear wheels  4.5" diameter




The design criteria is the same as the steam engine. Simplified construction without loosing realistic looks. Some features are simplified for quick and easy construction, for example the wheels have spokes cast in saving much time in building wheels by fitting individual spokes.
They are based on the ones fitted to the Savage Little Samson engine.

The cylinder is mounted on the boiler where it should be and not suspended from the rear of the engine like on Mamod or Wilesco models. The crank is in the correct location inside the hornplates, not on the outside.
The boiler is gas fired using a cheap pencil blowtorch for the burner with a gas tank fitted inside the tender.
The smokebox and chimney have been made a single casting to speed up construction. The flywheel casting is zinc/aluminium which is heavy and machines well and resembles cast iron. The smokebox/chimney and wheels are cast from aluminium.
The wheels can be disconnected from the drive so the engine can be run stationary.
Drive to the wheels is by 4 gears which gives the model a realistic road speed. I can supply a set of gears if you do not want to cut your own.
The design is intended to produce a realistic working model for a beginner or experienced builder looking for a quick build.


The Construction videos can bee seen HERE

                                           


The 7 castings and set of plans are £105.00
Set of 4 ready cut gears £35.00

Please email me at the address shown below if you are interested.
I can ship worldwide at low cost.




Set of Castings



Set of 4 ready cut Gears


   

A sample of the plans. There are 40 sheets of plans supplied with the castings.





Testimonials

"Have received castings and drawings. Very impressed with quality of castings Many thanks"
Ian UK  

"An excellent project! Drawings are easy to follow and the castings are of good quality and machine up nicely. Mine is nearly finished, just awaiting boiler fittings episode. I have has the engine running on steam from an external source and she runs really nicely in both directions, a pleasure to build and own, I am looking forward to seeing her trundling around under her own steam"
Nick, UK

The traction tractor castings and plans have arrived.   It has only been 7 days since you posted them.    All the castings have traveled very well.   I have not look through every page of the plans but what I have look at, I really like.     I am very impressed with the plans and the castings."
Woody USA.

"The construction gave me pleasure".
  Markus, Germany.





23 comments:

  1. Can this model be made without use of a milling machine? I amstill working on the first engine but would be interested in castings for the new project providing it can be done on my Ml10.

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    1. You would be able to make this on an ML10 with a vertical slide to do the milling. I have an ML10 but use my mill because I have one.

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  2. Thank you please let me know when plans and castings are available
    Ken Dart

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    1. Hi Ken, Can you send me an email, my address is in the banner above and I'll keep you informed.

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  3. An excellent project! Drawings are easy to follow and the castings are of good quality and machine up nicely. Mine is nearly finished, just awaiting boiler fittings episode. I have has the engine running on steam from an external source and she runs really nicely in both directions, a pleasure to build and own, I am looking forward to seeing her trundling around under her own steam. Here is a short video of initial steam trials. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2OuV8uwpN9k

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  4. First of all, awesome engine! Second, I have a shop with mostly woodworking tool, could I still accomplish this task. I've been looking into doing this and I will most certainly have to buy the castings. Thanks

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    1. You need a metal working lathe as a minimum tool. I built my first locomotive with a lathe only and vertical slide. You also need some form of blowtorch for the boiler making.

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    2. Do you ship to the US? I'm interested in a set. My postal code is 43119. Thanks.

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    3. Yes I can ship to any country.

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    4. My neighbor might have a metalworking lathe, so I might be in luck, Thank you, and would it be possible to modify this to replicate a Case steam tractor

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    5. This engine is based on the British type. The case is quite different, longer boiler, cylinder mounted in a different place etc.

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  5. So it would be possible, I would just have to modify the construction plans and make it come together on my terms?

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    1. You would be redesigning the engine to make it into a case. There are so many differences. Smokebox, wheels, cylinder mounting, boiler, its a different engine.

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  6. The Case also has what appears to be a condenser mounted on the nearside of the boiler, and the flywheel is on the opposite side. A tall order to alter design , you may as well get a set of plans for a case. Myfordboy has loads of videos on you tube that are relevant to machining anything in metal, so still plenty of good sound instruction on which to build your metalworking skills....

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  7. Hey could you not make a horizonal boiler with a inner firebox that runs on coal because i wanna make a coalfired traction engine

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  8. I doubt if you would never get a decent firegoing in so small a boiler.....

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  9. Man I'd love to build one of these full scale for use. ;-)

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  10. Helli myfordboy I've watched all you videos on building steam engine firstly I would like to say thank you for taking the time to upload the videos for us to watch...is it possible to build a steam engine with simple tools

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    1. I made one before I had a lathe and machine tools using a bronze bush for a cylinder and other scraps I found. it won't be as good as a machined one but would work on air.

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  11. Hello myfordboy,
    Congratulation for your innovation.
    Can you ship me a set of your innovation?
    I am from Dhaka, Bangladesh.
    How much the cost will be?
    my email address is : sefatuli@gmail.com
    please contact with me.

    Thank you
    sefatul

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  12. hi Mr. how are you! iam melis taye. and universty students. i see your
    (The Myfordboy Steam Engine)all video parts, i'm surprised, Of course some videos i confusd spchally (Part 4 Making the Cylinder) so please Mr send me all parts desgns in (pdf) please pleas eplease... @(melistaye@gmail.com)

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  13. Can you ship all its parts to nepal also can you say its price

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    1. I can only supply the castings and plans not all machined parts. Shipping is no problem.

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