The 6 Inch Scale Little Samson Traction Engine Building Project Starts Here
This website chronicles the construction of a half size (6″ scale) model of the Savage’s brothers Little Samson Traction Engine. It is reported that between 1904 and 1910 nine Little Samson 4NHP, 5 ton, steam tractors were built.
There are probably more than nine live steam models of this traction engine in operation today.
Latest Build Progress Photos
Updated: 05 June 2016
Video – Turning the Shafts
The crank shaft and 2nd shaft must turn freely. This is difficult to achieve if the hornplates are bent as in my case.
After straightening the hornplates in a home made plate bender the shafts can easily be turned by hand.
I have taken off the front wheels (which you can see in the previous progress photos below) so that I can get the front spring heat treated.
The two photos below show the Hornplates complete with Spectacle Plate and Front Plate (which is at the back!) offered up to the boiler but not fixed in position.
Clearly visible (that big black tube at the bottom) is the Axle Tube in which the back axle will run.
Also visible are two temporary spacer tubes. These will be removed later.
Tandem Build Progress Photo by Fergal in Ireland
Fergal Roche started building his Little Samson Traction Engine in 6″ scale (half full size) a good few months after me and he’s making spectacular progress.
The photo below shows the progress of his build as of 5 June 2016.
Previous Build Progress Photos
Here are the previous build progress photos showing the last stage of building the traction engine.
What You Can Expect From This Little Samson Traction Engine Website
- Photos of the engine and the construction processes
- Videos showing machining the castings and making the components
- CAD drawings that I have made to supplement the scaled down Works drawings obtained from Little Samson Models
- Details of the workshop machine tools, set-ups, jig, fixtures and tools use for the construction
- How and where I sourced the additional materials needed over and above the casting set purchased from Little Samson Models
- A running commentary of what I am doing at each stage
How This Website Is Organised
In order to get the most from the website and to learn how this Little Samson Traction Engine model is being constructed you should be aware of how this website is structured.
This is a Page.
A Page contains fixed information. Photographs, videos drawings and textual description.
Posts are more like a diary. The Posts will contain short spontaneous updates and will often point to individual Pages.
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