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primary objective for all the work on the American this winter was to
provide an additional means of adding water to the boiler when running.
It already has engine-drive mechanical pumps but they don't quite keep
up with what's needed - I have to give a dozen strokes on the hand pump
every time around the track.
added an injector (a steam powered way of putting water in the boiler).
Injectors can be finicky and sometimes not work. They also only work at
"full speed" so they tend to put water in in a hurry and that
causes a loss of steam pressure as it cools the boiler.
wanted a mechanical steam-driven pump but the most common type in Live
Steam is a design by a fellow named Bill VanBrocklin years ago.
pumps are nice but they look kind of clunky! (In my opinion.) And
EVERYBODY has a VanBrocklin pump on their steam engine. I wanted
have a full-size, original duplex water pump that I like the looks of.
I used it on the Russell traction engine tender just for fun but
it is WAY TOO BIG for the American. It is in the style of pumps made by
a company by the name of Worthington back around the turn of the
for a steam-driven pump in a similar style but an appropriate size for
the American, I found one by a British company called Southworth but it
is a little big and doesn't look quite as nice.
in my research I found that a company called Cole's Power Models used
to sell castings and drawings for a really nice little Worthington
Unfortunately Cole's went out of business years ago :( :(
have belonged to a Live Steam forum for years now and last night I
posted my lament that I can't buy a Coles Worthington pump now a-days.
Within an hour I had a response from one fellow that said he had the
castings that he would GIVE me (only wanted me to pay postage) - WOW!
Great deal! But he didn't have the drawings on how to build it so I
posted a request for anyone who had drawings. When I got up this
morning someone else had offered me a set of drawings for the
cost of copying and mailing! DOUBLE WOW!! What a great bunch of
... more on the pump when I start building it :)
.... and the work continues! ....
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