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Ind-X Electric Steam Engine (model 2000?)


The Ind-X Electric Steam Engine is very similar in style to an Empire model. I don't know if this is a rebranding of an actual Empire model or a case of blatant copying. There is some information stamped on the bottom, including "Model 200o". However, the name "Ind-X Electric Steam Engine" is prominent on the front.

As it's name implies, it is an electrically heated boiler. It is of very substantial construction with a cast alloy base, engine frame and flywheel. The boiler appears to be steel.

The boiler, 3" diameter x 8" long, is heated by a 115V heating element. It has a sight glass for water level indication and a large safety valve hidden inside a dummy chimney. The cast alloy engine frame is mounted directly in top of the boiler, held in place by the whistle and screw type regulator valve.

The single acting cylinder is cast in with the frame and is ¾" bore x 1¼" stroke. It has a cylindrical valve with slip-eccentric reversing. The hollow piston has an integral cross-head, with no piston rod. The combined crank/flywheel is cast alloy and is 3" diameter. At the other end of the crankshaft is a double pulley.

This example is a combination of the best parts from two engines, neither of which were in working condition when acquired. The bottom half of the regulator valve is a new reproduction but the top half is original. The insulation around the element has been replaced with new mica sheets and ceramic beads. The seal between the boiler and the base is new silicone compound

Make Model Made Description Cylinders Cylinder Type
Ind-X Electric Steam Engine ??? Stationary 1 Single acting
Piston Diam mm Stroke mm Valve Type Boiler Type Fuel Mechanical Condition
19 32 Slip-eccentric "piston" valve horizontal 115v electric Good
Cosmetic Condition Paintwork Packaging Purchased Purchase cost Additional cost
fair original?
December 2012 / October 2013 192 20