frauenfelder — 2014-04-15T12:58:56-04:00 — #1
acerplatanoides — 2014-04-15T15:41:03-04:00 — #2
Almost OT, but I saw a real Stanley Steamer at the Stanley Hotel in Estes Park last weekend, and the thing was so freakin cool.
crenquis — 2014-04-15T16:32:24-04:00 — #3
I wish I had money to burn... (in miniature steam engines)
@AcerPlatanoides Every once in a while Jay Leno would be driving his Stanley Steamer around Burbank
jons — 2014-04-15T18:28:23-04:00 — #4
It's beautiful but does it actually work? I mean, can I light a fire in the little boiler and make the thing actually work as a steam engine? Some of the text sort of implies that maybe it does, but I can't see anything definative either way.
I have a little Wilesco steam engine at home that I play with from time to time. My medium-ish term plan is to mount it on a nice piece of wood, and connect a generator to the flywheel, and power a lightbulb off the generator, so I can use the whole thing as a torch, and keep it beside the bed for when I need to get up in the middle of the night to go pee, or sumfink. Some people say "Impractical!" to which I naturally respond "Pfft. Steam power!"
monitorhead — 2014-04-15T22:23:33-04:00 — #5
It reminds me of the small working model steam engines found (i think) in one of the stairwells at the Museum of Science & Industry in Chicago.
frauenfelder — 2014-04-20T12:59:08-04:00 — #6
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