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Latimer Plane L4


They don't come much simpler than this nice little engine. A basic pot boiler, meths burner, single acting oscillating cylinder - and that's it.

The burner is a basic vapourising meths type, fitting in a hole in the base plate. The boiler dimensions are 1 1/2" diameter x 3 5/8". Fittings consist of a safety valve and overflow plug. The safety valve is hidden inside a purely cosmetic chimney.

Steam exits from the top of the boiler directly to a single acting oscillating cylinder - 3/16" bore x 5/16" stroke.This is mounted on a simple bent sheet steel frame. The crank shaft is bent to form the crank and has a 1 3/4" diameter brass flywheel on the other end.

There's not much more to say about this engine. It is in very good condition mechanically and, apart from the missing part(s), cosmetically as well. The paintwork appears to be original. The dummy chimney was missing when acquired and I had a new one scratch made. There is a spare hole in the base behind the cylinder, which has no obvious purpose.

Make Model Made Description Cylinders Cylinder Type
Latimer Plane L4 c1946 Stationary 1 single acting
Piston Diam mm Stroke mm Valve Type Boiler Type Fuel Mechanical Condition
4.75 8 Oscillating Cylinder Horizontal Meths Good
Cosmetic Condition Paintwork Packaging Purchased Purchase cost Additional cost
Fair Original
8/5/2010 47.01 8.00