November 2012 Glasgow Engineering were finding things a bit quiet due to the collapse of the forestry industry and the down turn in manufacturing in Tasmania. At the time we had an old rusty incomplete model steam engine that had been kicking around in the upstairs pattern makers loft for well over 100 years. Nearly thrown out on three occasions, the decision was made to restore and complete it while the labour was available. The model is a tandem inline horizontal compound condensing steam engine. All the castings were cast on site by us around the late 1890s and built to a scale of 1:12 or 1 inch = 1 foot. Working from the dimensions we calculated that the horse power would have been around 1000 i.h.p if it had been built to full size.
Without any plans or drawings, just a hand full of old dusty castings, and the ability and ingenuity of the staff involved with the project, something beautiful and educational emerged.