Collection of Engines Built by: Jim Volkening and family, Cumberland County, NJ


    I started building model engines in the fall of 2001. By the summer of 2003 I had a small collection and felt I could start exhibiting at the first Iron Fever Expo in York, PA. I was a bit intimidated at first and was not sure that my little display of just a few engines would have any interest. My wife soon noticed that people just about stood on their heads to see how 'Lucy' works. Well, we enjoyed the show enough to keep going, and have not missed an Iron Fever or Cabin Fever Expo since.

    Each show we try to add at least one engine and improve the display, and after a while my wife and son started to build and display their own engines. We try to work 'outside the box' and use unusual materials and/or come up with unusual designs

    'Corey' and 'Rosie' are made of Corian.  'Rosie' is the heart shaped engine, and was designed and built mostly by my wife and first displayed at CF '06.  'Seymour', the double action see-through engine, also debuted at that show.

    'Lowell' is a PM Research 2B bronze double-action oscillator.  I chose not to machine this too 'clean', and did not paint it.  The unique part of this is actually the base, which is a piece of oak packing crate deliberately made to look like the floor of an old factory. 

    My son started helping me work on engines in 2003, when he was 13yo.  The two simple oscilators below are his creations.

    'L.E.E.', on the left, is the 'Lego Engineered Engine'. My son loves creating from Legos, and decided to build a Lego steam engine. I gave him a few pointers, but also told him I couldn't quite see how it could be done - but that if anyone could figure it out, he could. And, he did. 'L.E.E.' is a running engine, and has run successfully on air at the shows.

    'Widget', on the right, is an adaptation of 'Lucy' and 'Webster', both Ed Warren designs. It features a cylinder of round brass stock and an engine-turned (jeweled) aluminum block, with a (heavy!) base made from a six-inch piece of steel u-channel drop.



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