Stationary Engine List


| February/March 2001



Stationary Engine

As the modern technology of the internet and World Wide Web make the world a smaller place, hopefully it will help in the fight against crime in the hobby.

Earlier this year engines and smaller parts such as oilers were stolen from the Anson Museum in the UK, a museum devoted to stationary engines, and in a recent GEM was the distressing story of two engines stolen from a show in Virginia. Thankfully, these are rare occurrences, but ones which we can try to prevent by being aware of stolen items and keeping a look out for them. To this end, Ken Christison of North Carolina has created a web page with a log of stolen engines which can be found at: http://www.oldengine.org/members /christison/stolen.html

Take a look, and keep an eye out for any of these items.

The Tri-State Show at Portland is not just to look at lots of engines and have an annual meeting with friends, it's also a time to do a little work on engines and share ideas. One of our group was using a homemade gasket cutter which has been the subject of recent discussions on our internet mailing list, when someone asked for a description of the device.

It's a circle cutter only, made of hardboard near to 12' X 12' with a center pin, upon which an arm will pivot. On the outermost end of said arm is a slot and a threaded hole for an Xacto blade and a set screw. You push the gasket paper over the center pivot pin and this will hold it steady and also index each successive cut.

et the arm down over the pin and start making circles. Just remember to make the outside cut first! It won't work too good on the steel reinforced stuff except for layout work. But it's a killer on paper and compressed material.