STEAM ENGINES FOR SALE.
The following engines at Markham Grange Steam Museum, Doncaster, are surplus to display requirements, and are available to a good home.
Prices for the engines to be negotiated with their owner, Tom Nuttall.
The engines may be viewed on weekdays at reasonable times, preferably on a Monday or Wednesday between 10.30 and 15.30.
All engines are stored indoors except the Dawson & Downie pump.
When enquiring, please quote the engine number from the list (i.e. 1 to 7)
1. (SOLD) --- ROBEY No.49105, Enclosed Inverted Vertical - Green. In presentable condition. --- (SOLD)
2. (SOLD) --- DRYSDALE No F30037, Enclosed Inverted Vertical - Green.--- (SOLD) Has driven an air compressor here but didn't give enough output. In reasonably presentable condition.
3 & 4. (SOLD) --- READER, a pair of Enclosed Inverted Vertical, presumably ex-college test engines, No's 28656 (HP), 28657 (LP). Not restored. Gauges have been smashed at some time past. --- (SOLD)
5. ASHWORTH & PARKER, Enclosed Inverted Vertical, two-cylinder compound. No external nameplate found, but has "1 (space) 49 B" on HP gland. On removing HP rear crankcase cover, both halves of HP big-end are stamped 1849. Also each half and the spacer between them has a stamped B. This indicates that the engine has not been pulled to pieces and then thrown back together at some time. Each cylinder is separate with its own trunk between crankcase and cylinder block, and the outer cladding is the same size on each.
Dimensions, all in inches:
6. DAWSON & DOWNIE of Clydebank, two-cylinder horizontal duplex non-rotative steam-driven high-pressure hydraulic pump, with "crossed" valve drive similar in style to those made by Worthington-Simpson and Hayward-Tyler.
The steam slide valve cover is angled (to give access to the seats and, presumably, to allow valves to be withdrawn endways off the rod). This cover has been put on backwards at some time past (before coming here).
7. MARKHAM & CO of Chesterfield winch Type C, No 3970. It has two cylinders, quartered, with the valves inboard. Valve gear is Howe-Stephenson link motion, hand-lever actuated. The drum is fitted with a brake. It has been in store for many years, and we were intending to set it up so that visitors (especially children) could operate it by means of extended levers from the public area, ie safely. We assumed this winch to be steam operated until we removed a cylinder and got proper access to and were able to dismantle a valve chest, whereupon we found that there was no exhaust chest. It has inside-admission piston valves, but the top and bottom of each valve chest exhausts direct to the open air, so we could not steam it inside the Museum. It would be difficult to make and fit satisfactory exhaust chambers, especially at the bottom. It was apparently designed to work by compressed air, possibly / probably down in a coal mine, where the exhausted air would not cause a problem.
We have only a modest air supply capacity (and in any case we are a "steam museum"), so we are looking for a museum with a more potent air supply that might be interested in taking over this winch, perhaps to use it as we had in mind, namely to allow visitors to be able to "work an engine".