Conner Beam Engine

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Conner Beam Engine

Postby paulj84003 » Mon Jan 11, 2010 10:22 pm

Today I ran my Beam engine on air for the first time. Tomorrow I will machine the fittings to hook up the mechanical oiler that I made last week. then on to the boiler. I attached a couple of photos. Paul J
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Postby Harold_V » Mon Jan 11, 2010 11:35 pm

Way cool!

Any chance you can give us some details?

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Postby Andrew Pugh » Mon Jan 11, 2010 11:59 pm

Those are one of the most interesting locomotives to watch either stationary or running, in my opinion. :D

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Postby paulj84003 » Tue Jan 12, 2010 10:00 am

Harold, I'm not sure what details that you would like. I am building the Loco from Conners plams for the 0-4-0. I am making a few changes, such as the cylinders are made 1 piece from 416 stainless. the slide valve boxes are recessed into the cyl's full length and Silver Soldered on. I am using a mech lubricator that I built instead of displacement lub. The lubricator is using a clutch bearing in the arm, instead off a ratchet and pawl. Paul J
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Postby Harold_V » Tue Jan 12, 2010 3:39 pm

Thanks. That was enough. I had no idea it was for an engine. I like steam really well, but know very little about locomotives. I was not familiar with the engine you're building. It makes sense now.

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Postby Al_Messer » Fri Jan 22, 2010 9:14 pm

I have observed several of the Conner's designed/built engines running at MSLS and in my humble opinion, it is the BEST non-scale loco engine for a newbie to build.
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BILL CONNER BEAM ENGINES

Postby bcody » Fri Jan 22, 2010 9:29 pm

Al:

I agree with you.

I have been running a Bill Conner designed/built 4+4 Beam Engine since 2001 with excellent results. I have run a numerous tracks on the West coast from San Diego to Canada with even a detour back East to run at Mid-South.

Running at SVLSRM I have hauled a train with 11 pre-school children, 11 adults and myself with no problems. I have also run at the American Flat Railroad and Mining Co. where the main line is at a 4.5% grade. More than enough power and speed to runaway and hide.

BTW - Plans for the 0-4-0 are currently available, plans for the 4+4 are almost complete and proofed. See LSOR for information on availability and price.


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Postby cp4449 » Mon Jan 25, 2010 12:00 pm

They run great!!!! We have 2-3 at LALS, and just love them. The only recommendation I would make is put either a injector or a electric water pump to put it in the boiler instead of the axle pump.
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Postby gwrdriver » Mon Jan 25, 2010 12:36 pm

Unless the EPA and CDC have made him clean it up, Bill, who I've known for many years, has the dirtiest, most cluttered and oil-soaked workshop I've ever seen in my life . . . and he loves it that way. He said he couldn't work in a clean shop. :lol:
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BEAM ENGINE WATER FEED

Postby bcody » Mon Jan 25, 2010 3:58 pm

Mr. Mahony:

Why would you want to use an injector or electric pump to add water to the boiler? I am a firm believer in the KISS principal. The beam pump and hand pump work very well, why add complication?

I've been running a 4+4 since 2001 and have never had a problem maintaining water level.

I recently acquired a LE CRAB equipped with an injector. I took it off and installed a cross head driven pump. Much easier on the boiler to get small amounts of water on a continuous basis than a slug of water now and then.

I understand injectors, I just don't like them, too temperamental for me. I've used injectors on numerous locomotives and full size steamboats and I just don't like them. I'll take a simple engine driven pump with a by-pass valve anytime.


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Postby cp4449 » Mon Jan 25, 2010 5:22 pm

We had problems with the original axle pump. The injector solved the problem.
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BEAM ENGINE WATER FEED

Postby bcody » Mon Jan 25, 2010 6:07 pm

Not a solution I would use. I would have fixed the pump.

Might have Bill take a look at it the next time he is out your way. Get the pump fixed and you can eliminate the injector, IMHO - a step in the right direction.

Are you aware there are over 50 0-4-0 beams running worldwide and 8 4+4 built by Bill with beam pumps. Yours is the only one with pump problems that I have heard of. BTW - The prints for the 0-4-0 are out and some are being constructed. The prints for the 4+4 are almost complete, being proofed by a gentleman in Utah building an engine as we speak. He needs only complete the valve gear, install the boiler (built and tested) and add the plumbing and he is off and running. Might have to wait until Spring, too much snow on his track.


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