Model Engine-Making: In Theory and Practice

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First published in 1888 for beginners, Model Engine-Making is a fascinating and comprehensive guide to building your first steam engine. While steam is no longer “the most important power of the day,” this book remains a fascinating in-depth resource for those with either a theoretical or practical interest in building and using small steam engines. Included within this book are over 100 detailed diagrams drawn by the author to illustrate the ...

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Overview

First published in 1888 for beginners, Model Engine-Making is a fascinating and comprehensive guide to building your first steam engine. While steam is no longer “the most important power of the day,” this book remains a fascinating in-depth resource for those with either a theoretical or practical interest in building and using small steam engines. Included within this book are over 100 detailed diagrams drawn by the author to illustrate the process of building each engine, including:

A simple single-action oscillating cylinder engine
More complex horizontal and vertical slide-valve engines
Launch, marine, and locomotive engines
And finally, even a model boiler!

Whether you are a model engine aficionado or love learning about the history of steam engines, this long-standing classic should be in your library.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781616085506
  • Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing
  • Publication date: 2/1/2012
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

J. Pocock, a British mechanical engineer in the late nineteenth century, was best known for his publication of Model Engine-Making. He lived in London, England.
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Table of Contents

I Tools and Castings 1

II Oscillating Cylinder Engine 12

III Oscillating Cylinder Locomotive 30

IV Horizontal Slide-Valve Engine 42

V Horizontal Slide-Valve Engine (continued) 70

VI Vertical Slide-Valve Engine 91

VII Launch Engine 99

VIII Marine Engine 109

IX Locomotive Engine 122

X Model Boilers 141

XI Boiler Fittings, etc. 151

XII Notes 168

Index 177

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  • Posted March 28, 2014

    Sadly not what I expected.

    I had seen the book reviewed in a Railway history magazine. The impression was that it was about how people made working model steam engine in the 1890's. Unfortunately it turned out to be based on using a kit of parts for successively more complex engines and then machining them and not on working from basic designs. The parts kit was obviously no longer available 125 years later. The books was more like a "users manual" for the kit. Few actual dimensions were given and you were directed to mark off distances from those few holes already in the parts. Very little was said about techniques or shortcuts.

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