Happy New Year All,
Spent a thoroughly good day yesterday at the Internal Fire New Year crank-up,
contemplating the majestic Tangye MLD7 and
its many stablemates. Food, mulled wine and good company were abundantly
The Tangye's massive size and whisper-quiet performance are an experience to
gladden the heart of any of us. As many
others did, I must have spent a good half an hour leaning on the railings and
enjoying the spectacle. A lot of work was
put in to sorting the main bearings this Autumn, and it has well and truly paid
The weather outside for the cranker-uppers and the portable Internal Fire
engines was inclement at times, but it was
nice to see that there was none of the namby-pamby nonsense of stopping engines
and sheeting them against the rain.
Some model engineers were also present, and one chap showed me part of his very
interesting collection of models of
various steam winding-engines from different coal-pits in the valleys.
Museum work goes on apace and the turbine shed is on the way, so the Proteus
pocket power station and the Austin gas
turbine will be in operation soon. Also the Sulzer early diesel should be up
and running before the Summer. Paul
mentioned other engines in the pipeline, so there will be plenty of excuses to
make more visits. J
When the Dew point and Temperature reach certain levels I scurry in to my
hovel to warm through and when I have raised my temperature sufficiently I
go back out and lock up usually before dark :-))
Arthur Griff> Martin,
The thing about welding is it makes a nice bright light so you can weld in
the dark. Upsets the neighbours, though ...
Sounds like an excellent day out Arthur, many of the usual suspects present?
Hi Kim, yes, all the usual suspects were there and lots of faces new to me.
Peter Scales was there and it was nice to
see and chat with Geoff Challinor for a while.
Alas, Roland didn't make it, some trifling excuse about the grim reaper keeping
him awake, pounding on the door all
night with his scythe. I ask you! ;-)
I think you've just been unlucky Arthur. My pictures appeared almost
immediately, but I can recall comments from other webshots users having to
wait six hours or more for their pictures to appear.
Not so much keeping me awake as infesting my fevered dreams. A vile flu
courtesy of number 2 daughter ( retribution for helping her boyfriend to a
hangover :-) Its the first bug I've had since embarking on the 7 day weekend
and I'd only wish on a truly evil person.
I gather a good time was had by a large crowd.
Roland (now just snotty - so no change there :-)
me. Peter Scales was there and it was nice to
keeping him awake, pounding on the door all
Aha! Now they work fine! Nice pics.
I'm always slightly surprised that the big Tangye twin isn't
one-up-one-down. When watching it, I couldn't decide if it was firing one
and the other on the exhaust stroke.
I like the Crossley VO only because I helped rebuild one back to working
order and it now drives a saw bench at the Pitstone Museum near Tring. Quite
a powerful engine for its size.
Roland and Celia Craven wrote:
Am I right in assuming that the Tangye is - at least in concept - actually
two singles working in tandem? If so, I'd have thought a
one-up-the-other-down would have made for smoother running with a four
stroke. Are there any examples of this configuration in big engine terms? I
recall seeing pics of a giant flat twin in SEM some time ago.
The Tangye bed appears to be one piece. Machining and then transporting it
without breaking it must have been - shall we say - a bit of a challenge.
Perhaps I'm simple minded but a 4 stroke twin with one cylinder firing on
each rev sounds about as smooth as it could be. AFAIK this configuration is
shared by most horizontal twins of that era.
The base is indeed one casting and again AFAIK only 5 MLD7s were made. They
were made only to order and this one was delivered in less than 6 weeks. Try
getting that in these days of JIT !!! (Even if you could get a casting that
large and complex or find someone able to machine it!!)
Original transport would have been no problem as the Whiteways works had its
own siding right alongside the main Waterloo/Exeter line. Anyone know if the
Tangye works had a siding?
Looking at old prints of various factories, it seems that many were
built alongside the railway because of the tranport possibilities, no
Eddie Stobart in those days.
Still must have been a major excercise, moving very large items of
cast iron around the roads of those days.
Peter A Forbes
Prepair Ltd, Luton, UK
It's not so much moving big engines to sites in the "civilised" world where
rail and heavy lifting gear are readily available. I know that the major
manufacturers used to excel at taking their products to the farthest flung
corners of Empire, many of which were very flung indeed!
I've seen an album (a real one, not virtual) of several tons of Ruston
Hornsby being moved from the factory to a big farm in South Africa. After
the rail head was reached, it was perched precariously on a cart and a team
of oxen hauled it many miles to its destination. The photos concluded with
the R-H team setting it up and the last one was of them all leaning on the
guard rail watching it run!
All politicians are like nappies . . . . .
You need to change them regularly - and for the same reason.