Beam Type A and Steam Plant
model can be run with live steam using our new
optional Steam Plant or it will run off
compressed air at less than 2psi.
The Beam Type A in
combination with our new Steam Plant is the replacement for
our popular Beam Type S. Because of the new modular
arrangement, you will not only have the advantage of an easy
to build model but you will now have the option to purchase
the Engine and Steam Plant separately.
The parts for the Beam A are
ready made and, as such, no drilling, cutting, threading, shaping
or soldering is required.
You will need a screwdriver,
a pair of pliers, a small hand drill (or pin vice) for
drilling pilot holes in the wood plinth and some super glue
to put the kit together. To set up the engine and make it
run smoothly, you will probably need some fine emery cloth, a small
file to take off any rough edges and a couple of
small drill bits to clean up any holes that may need
The Steam Plant kit is
designed as the steam generator for the Beam Type A and is
straightforward to build. The stand is laser cut from
stainless steel sheet which just requires folding. The basic
Steam Plant kit does require some drilling and soldering.
If you prefer, you
can choose the pre-soldered option which means that all that
you need to do to assemble the kit is to fold the base to
shape and screw everything together.
The Steam Plant can also be used to drive the Watt's Engine as
well as being a suitable general purpose steam
generator for use with any other small live steam models you
A kit enabling you to build a fully working Live Steam model of a Newcomen Atmospheric Steam Engine that was reputably installed at Dudley in 1712 to pump out water from a coal mine. It was working on a model Newcomen Steam Engine that led James Watt to revolutionise steam engine design.
This model was recently featured in part 2 of the Channel 4 programme 'Genius of Britain' ( the James Watt episode) with James Dyson operating the engine under live steam.
It has also been featured in the 2013 BBC2 series 'Genius of
The Engine works using the vacuum caused by the condensation of steam in the cylinder. It was the first commercial application of a Steam Engine and paved the way for the Industrial Revolution.
A battery driven Motorisation Kit is available as an option for convenient demonstration and display.
The metalwork of the model is mainly brass and the woodwork is supplied
A fully built example of our Newcomen Engine is on display at
Kew Bridge Steam Museum, London