Building Simple Model Steam Engines


The sheer simplicity of miniature oscillating steam engines has an enduring fascination for all marine and model engineers. This book shows how to build four model steam engines and features designs and plans that even a beginner will be able to follow.

ISBN: 978 185486 104 7
Author: Tubal Cain


There is a fascination about the simple oscillating steam engine which attracts even the builders of true-scale, exact-to-prototype quadruple expansion marine engines! It may be their sheer simplicity of mechanism, it may be memories of childhood days when Father Christmas put one in the stocking, or it may just be the fun of seeing the machine work.

This book describes the making of four such models:

Polly – a vertical steam plant
Elizabeth – a horizontal steam power plant
Hercules – a working model steam crane
Jenny Wren – a miniature vertical steam engine

The author built all four himself, and the first three were all featured in articles which appeared in Model Engineer magazine and elsewhere. Designs and methods of construction are clearly detailed with instructions that even a beginner will be able to follow.

Tubal Cain was the pen name of engineer and craftsman Tom Walshaw, the writer of many best-selling home workshop and model engineering guides.

First published by Model and Allied Publications in 1981
Re-issued by Argus Books in 1993
Special Interest Model Books edition published in 2003

210 x 148 mm
112 pages
49 scale plans & drawings
8 b+w photographs