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Steam Launch Engine

Post by Mountaineer » Thu Aug 31, 2017 10:12 pm

Slightly off topic from most of the posts regarding trains so I hope this is ok...

Has anyone made the York compound twin steam launch engine from Elliot Bay. Opinions? Problems with the design or castings? I see their website is up but no response this far from emails- still in business? (Perhaps on summer vacation?) Thanks.


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Re: Steam Launch Engine

Post by NP317 » Fri Sep 01, 2017 9:46 am

Try contacting
They are highly active in the Salish Sea region, including into Canada, eh.
I'm sure you'll find answers there to your questions on the Elliot Bay launch engine.

A surprising (or not...) number of my Fellow Kitsap Live Steamers Friends also build/operate small steam launches, and are active in the NW Steam Society.

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Re: Steam Launch Engine

Post by steamboat_idris » Thu Sep 28, 2017 10:29 pm


I'm currently building a York. The design is sound and there are a few currently in boats around the world. Castings were very good with no voids. Only complaint would be a small number had very thin machining allowances. The prints have a few errors, mostly mating hole sizes.

I think Pat is still in business but I think he is not paying as much attention to the business (Like most of these it's more of a hobby than a business and life gets in the way, keep trying, he usually gets back in a few weeks)

The most active forum for Steam boaters is

I have a thread on the York build here ... &view=next but most of the pics were hosted on photobucket and we know what happened there.

Here is a video of one in eastern usa


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