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PostPosted: Fri Dec 09, 2016 8:45 am    Post subject:  Reply with quote

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I've only purchased three engines this year, two of which arrived this morning. A '48 SE1 with the drawn boiler and a MM2 of the same time with prewar decal. Will post photos later on in the collections section if there's any interest.

Look forward to seeing your latest acquisition Mike.


Nicholas - alway interested here. I speak for many who love to see classic engines. Fire away!
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OK, second purchase in nearly 11 months. Hell its been a thin year engine wise. Anyway, recent addition to the workbench has been this very crisp Wilesco D12 dating from late 70s poss early 80s. Still with counterweighted whistle cum safety valve. Marked West Germany. The D12 was the biggest oscillating engine made by the firm and is no longer in production. I fancied something different from the manufacturer and this fitted the bill. Im not keen on their smaller oscillators some bordering on out and out rubbish.

This engine has had little use, needed a new screw for the sight glass and that about it, apart from a wipe down. Its clearly not had much use. Complete with box, funnel. instructions and spare fibre washers - a very nice engine.

About SE3 size with a similar boiler, it was about the D10 in terms of spec. Hoping to give this one a spin over the Christmas break. All in all a very clean and well thought out design.

Wiles has become a bit of a Christmas thing for me, with D14, D20 and D24 engines being added at this time of the year...

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PostPosted: Sat Dec 10, 2016 12:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Looks in nice condition Mike, a candidate for a Christmas day steaming
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 11, 2016 11:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The D12 in test steaming on the table...



Not as refined as the slide valve variety, but lively and powerful unit.








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PostPosted: Sun Dec 11, 2016 12:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

A video of the run can be found here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-cQT0yp48eU&feature=youtu.be
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 18, 2016 9:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nice video Mike plenty of steam around !

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PostPosted: Mon Dec 19, 2016 4:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

One thing I have found H, is that some of the early whistles/SVs the lovely early counter weighted can cause it to shake at high speed, hence the steam as it bounces off its base, releasing the steam.
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 19, 2016 11:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

So ok you loose a little steam but for me it adds to the atmosphere and I'd say more so when it's a photo or vid  Very Happy

Can almost hear me asking Santa for more steam and on that note happy Christmas to all and hope everyone as a steaming new year

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Thanks H, all good fun.

I hope to be able to get to steaming a few engines over the Christmas period, if time permits. Ive not had a lot of time for steam this year.

Have a great Christmas - thanks for your continued support throughout the year.
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GRABBED a chance today to run the big D24 on Christmas day. Running the M66 dynamo on this one too. Run of about 20 minutes achieved. A really great looking engine that always delivers...










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Videos of the D24 run today:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xvaqVO6ntB0&feature=youtu.be

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Videos of the D24 run today:

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Your Wilesco's definitely looks shiney!

Personally I like my engines with the weighted whistle to have a filler plug as they used to have. It gives them a little bit more power. But, I also had one W. whistle spraying the ceiling with a fountain of steam,  (Valve kept for an unknown reason in the open position.) which can probably be avoided with the additional safety valve, which as said opens at a slightly lower pressure.
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New Years Day, so a traditional steaming on an engine. After a check over and clean up, the D20 is prepared for steam.

Ran for nearly 20 minutes. This is what I would term as the essential Wilesco, big, powerful and plenty around.

I lover the blow down vale facility on these bigger engines, so useful when emptying out the boiler at the end of a run, using the residual steam pressure to blow out the water into a container.

I find that used Chinese takeaway cartons make good chuff pots!









Anti-bounce device for whistle...




This fine engine dates from late 70s into the 80s. marked as W German built.
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Ran the D22 today, only the 4th time it has been run. Just running light with no linehsaft hook up. A very smooth and powerful engine, certainly up there with the D20 and 24 as Wilesco's best engine.

I have video for you to see on my channel, have a look if you can.



The work bench is full of Wilesco at the moment.



The new pressure gauges are attractive and work well.




The engine unit is very impressive, it is Wilesco's only twin engine now the D48 is no longer made.




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