Contraption Engine Enhancements

The Contraption, a propane powered steam Beam engine, is a recent donation from club member John Dolph. Club member Mike Massee is giving the engine a little love and is: changing the gear ratio; improving the tensioner; enhancing the height spacers; insulating the steam lines; investigating the cylinder drainage lines; fixing crank shaft screw issues; modifying and repairing the braking system; and among other things finding a solution for keeping soot off the train engineers’ face. Mike is making these enhancements remotely and hopes to have The Contraption back home at PV&A RR in the spring of 2019.