|Museum News 2003|
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Reliant Paddle Tug, Side-Lever Engine - The rebuild is now underway, the air pump and feed pump have been cleaned, painted and re-assembled on the bed. The side-levers are in place and are partly connected up. The valve and valve mechanism have been dismantled to reveal yet more missing parts. The face of the valve chest is badly eroded and will require machining flat again. Work has started on the paddle wheel, two 30ft diameter rims have been fabricated from 5/8ins thick plate. A new piston rod is required and at the moment is being machined in the lathe. There is still a lot more to be done.
|All that is left of the original 'Reliant' paddle wheel. Some of the wooden paddles can be seen, bottom right.|
Yarwood Compound Marine Engine (Out of the dredger 'SEIONT II) - all the protective grease and wrappings have been removed and most of the engine cleaned down. The bearings have been opened up and the crankshaft lifted clear for inspection. First indications show that the engine is in quite a good condition.
|The Yarwood compound marine engine just as it was after unloading.|
Sissons Triple Marine Engine - this engine has now found a permanent position, just to the right, inside the entrance and when in steam it makes an impressive sight on entering the museum.
|Sissons marine engine in its permanent position.|
Engines On Loan from Bradford Industrial Museum - on the 12th of March the museum took delivery of the following steam engines, which the Industrial Museum of Bradford have kindly loaned out to us:
A horizontal single cylinder steam engine, 6ins. bore x 10ins. stroke operated by an eccentric driven slide valve. It has 42ins diameter flywheel and a slide bar cross-head. No makers name or history.
Also on loan from Bradford Industrial Museum are two model steam engines.
12HP Beam Engine c1850
Flywheel is 14ins. diameter.
The other is a Model Tandem Compound Condensing Mill Engine, operated by Corliss valves.
Although described as a model its size is quite big.
October 2003 - Progress Report
'Reliant' Side-Lever Engine. - a lot of cleaning and painting of operating levers and rods have been carried out. Several have now been fitted. The long crosshead guides have also been fitted in place, making the overall height of the engine an impressive 18ft (5 metres).
Yarwood Marine Compound Engine - The main bearings and eccentric straps have been dismantled, adjusted and re-fitted. Most of the of the other work carried out, so far, has been cosmetic i.e. cleaning and painting. It is now looking quite respectable with its new coat of grey paint etc.