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Vertical Steam Blowing Engine

knotian
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July 3rd, 2017, 5:37 pm #1

Gentlemen,
I am trying to find information on Vertical Steam Blowing Engines as used in early (1900's) blast furnaces. I found pictures and references to ones having 26 - to 36" steam cylinders and 72 - 84" blowing cylinders. From the pictures I can see that the cylinders are mounted above each other, with a crankshaft connected to a flywheel in the base. BUT - I cannot see how the cylinders are connected to each other.  I would like to find on line references, drawings, blueprints etc to enable me to build the model.
Thank you very much.
Ed Bardet
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GearheadJed
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July 3rd, 2017, 5:42 pm #2

Research Joanna Furnace in Morgantown PA USA. They have a scale model of the original blowing engine that was built in Lebanon PA. Weimer blowing engine. Im not sure of spelling?
I have been fascinated by steam engines since I was 6.
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July 3rd, 2017, 6:57 pm #3

Thank you very much. That is a little too early for the technology I am interested in.
Ed
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July 3rd, 2017, 10:57 pm #4

Ok, I still have pictures of the scale engine on my phone.
I have been fascinated by steam engines since I was 6.
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July 4th, 2017, 1:35 pm #5

http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/2642971

One like that, Ed?

The steam cylinder sits on a frame above the blowing cylinder, the steam cylinder piston rod continues through the blowing cylinder down to the crosshead.

Have a look here:


http://www.gracesguide.co.uk/Lilleshall_Co

Lilleshall made a lot of blowing engines.
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July 5th, 2017, 10:17 pm #6

Dave85,
Thank you very much. I just figured out about the connection. The best drawing I could find was an old etching, not a photo. The artist was evidently taking some 'freedom' in their interpretation. The top of the lower (steam) cylinder had what looks like a large nut which was probably the packing gland. There was NO connection to the upper (blowing) cylinder shown except through the cross head. Your references show that there was a connecting rod between the cylinders as well as the cross head. That model might not have had a connection. Anyway I got it figured out and the model is well under way. By the way I do industrial models using Lego Technic and conventional with some automation driven by their EV3 computer brick.
Thanks again,
Ed
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July 11th, 2017, 12:14 am #7

This another type.

I have been fascinated by steam engines since I was 6.
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July 18th, 2017, 6:53 pm #8

Thanks for the help. This is the first attempt at a Lego equivalent. It is motorized and at least the flywheel and cross arm can be seen moving.
Ed


https://photos-5.dropbox.com/t/2/AADDQ1 ... ize_mode=3
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