LIMITED EDITION 
Live Steam 

Single Cylinder Beam Model Steam Engine 
Fully Machined Kit in Brass, Bronze and Steel 


Limited Edition - see below for base plate custom design options.

The limited edition single cylinder beam engine though simplified, has all the basic elements of beam engines which were widely used by industry in the early part of the industrial revolution. These, often huge engines, were used for pumping water from mines and extensively operated in my heavy industries.


See video of beam engine running under live steam.


NOTE: Pictures are of the finished, assembled and painted model, this listing is for the kit of parts, see picture, excluding wall card around base.


The beam engine's Watts Parallel motion, eccentric driven valve mechanism and large steel flywheel make this engine fascinating to watch, particularly at slow speeds.


The engine includes triple split bronze pedestal bearings for the crank shaft and double split bronze pedestal bearings for the beam shaft, split bronze connecting rod bearings, cast steel column, substantial steel base plate (can be customised see below) and legs.


The cylinder assembly, chest, inlet/outlet pipes, eccentric rod, and piston are manufactured from brass and the piston shaft, valve, valve mechanism, connecting rod and parallel motion links from stainless steel so are not susceptible to corrosion. The piston shaft passes through an adjustable gland.


All required hex head setscrews are included in the kit. NOTE: some setscrews/pins will need to be cut/filed to length to complete the model.


Each part in the kit is carefully precision made and checked to ensure reliability in service.


Detail Specification:

- Type: Watts
- Bore: 14mm
- Stroke: 18mm
- Flywheel Diameter: 120mm
- Valve type: Slide
- Height: 174mm
- Length: 280mm/custom
- Width: 120mm/custom
- Weight: 2.9Kg
- Connections: 1/4" x 40 tpi ME


The kit consists of a set of fully machined parts that can easily be assembled using simple tools such as a screw driver, spanner, allen keys, pliers and metal file. The parts are mainly unfinished metal and will also require painting, polishing, filing, etc. to achieve the appearance shown in the pictures.


Limited Edition - The base plate can be manufactured to customer requirements making the finished engine totally unique. The picture shows a demonstration engine with a 28x12cm rectangular base plate (default option) but it is possible to produce different sizes, shapes, cut-outs, leg lengths, etc. Some limitations apply and a nominal cost, so contact us with ideas and requirements.


When assembled the engine is fully working and can be run using steam or simply using compressed air e.g. from hand or foot pumps.


To power the engine with live steam, connect it to one of our Model Steam Boilers.



Limited Edition Single Cylinder Beam Engine Kit

  • Product Code: LEBSA
  • Availability: In Stock
  • £390.00


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