Has anyone ever thought along these lines? I've seen stirling-powered model train engines before, but always rather grand affairs. I'm thinking of a little narrow gauge fart-cart- might be kind of charming pottering along powered by a tea candle.
I like it
Funnily enough I have thought along this line myself. I have built a couple of Stirling engines myself over the year and the small ones don't seem to have much power. I think you would be looking at a nice gear train or chain drive to use any power that comes from a small model Stirling.
It would be fun to build and interesting to watch as well.
Go for it.
The online ME index lists a two part article on designing a hot air loco, published back in '92. Not a back issue that I have though.Keith S:119879 wrote:Do you know anything more about it? What did it look like?
Apart from that, there is a bloke in Brisbane, Oz, who sells kits online for various hot air engine models, including something that can be loosely described as a 'loco'. Looks like the sort of home made affair you might see looming out of the morning mist on an Aust., or NZ, timber tram.
http://stores.ebay.com.au/thechickenpat ... 6113410015
His kits aren't the screwdriver assembly type, just a box of materials and a wad of drawings, so require a workshop to complete. I have contemplated getting one of his hot air traction engine kits and fitting it with flanged wheels, but usually think better of it the light of day.....
I haven't looked at his store for a while. It seems he is now selling some models in RTR form as well as the kit and he currently has a loco listed. I've not seen one of these running, but there is some performance data listed in the description of the RTR model.
Not sure if he exports, but some of the models are also available from one of the ME suppliers in Aust.
I recall the other one being yrllow and fired by a pencil torch, but not outside possibilityBoustrophedon:121854 wrote:Yes it was. Possibly the same actual engine?Killian Keane:121853 wrote:Was that not the same engine class shown by the gentleman specialising in bridges in 'the garden railway' tv series? Charming little thing :D
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