The International Steam Pages

All I want for Christmas...

Dream on, I'm 58 years old...:

Actually, since Christmas Eve in West Bengal had brought us an assortment of no less than 13 standard Marshall engines (and the day before another 9), the wish was quite obvious. Given that we were on a voyage of discovery, it might seem that serving up something different was not in our control. In fact, a couple of days earlier we had found a large Tangye sitting in a mill which we were promised would burst into life at the appropriate moment and it was marked down for the first visit of Christmas Day. It was a big beast, reportedly with a 16 inch cylinder and it had been delivered with Tangye-Johnson patent valve gear although it had since been 'simplified'.

Helpfully the staff cleaned up the cover on the first visit, it reads 'Tangye Johnson Patent Automatic Cut Off Gear" 


This is the reverse view, the governor is not the Tangye original, but is marked as size 3.

Close up (and stopped), the loss of the second second eccentric is apparent.

'Tangyes' indicates an earlier engine, the 's' was later dropped.

Here, I am trying to photograph the makers number etched on the top of the cylinder. Unfortunately, we had left the torch at home and only later did I discover that I had not scraped sufficient paint which I later rectified. Tangye numbers are always difficult to date but this is more than 110 years old. I can assure readers that the apparent lack of hair is just a trick of the flash, Yuehong says otherwise..

We have seen Jessops plates all over Burma, they had a branch in Rangoon and seem to have been a major player as agents:

The boiler appears to be off an Indian Railways steam locomotive like many in this area:

In this part of the country, hand firing seems a perfectly normal way to do things. The dust will mean that this is not a long career.

I have a sneaking affection for Tangye's products, they come in all shapes and sizes, it is hard to find two the same and they are basic, easy to understand machines - with the exception of the Tangye-Johnson patent valve gear fitted to some, which owners in Burma have universally sensibly removed as an unnecessary complication. Perhaps that is what led to their failure in the market, Marshall's engines are more sophisticated and efficient no doubt but ultimately that makes them boringly repetitive. 

Stationary Steam in India 2006 - introduction

A Reason to Return - a brand new steam powered rice mill in a green field site. 

Marshall Heaven - we always go the extra mile to bring you working stationary steam.

Just Another Marshall (Part 2) - too bad it wasn't working!

Just Another Marshall (Part 3) - drop valve action...

My Other Steam Engine is a Marshall too - if you're going to be different then don't do it by halves.

Make Mine a Robey, Please - as common as in Burma.

Many Happy Returns - unexpected returns to old gricing spots.

The Loose Ends - the bits and pieces that ask as many question as they answer

Robert Clive's Sugar Mill - well, it's not quite that old.

Rob and Yuehong  Dickinson