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Wilesco D10el


I bought this engine off Ebay as a scrapper, so long ago I can't find the record of the price I paid. It wasn't much anyway. It is an electrically powered version and there was some doubt about what voltage it was intended for. There was the remains of a label which appeared to say 110V but it was fitted with a European (230V) plug. The only clue to where it had come from was another label which is in Arabic! I've been told that the Arabic speaking countries have a mix of mains voltages. Measuring the resistance of the element gave a reading somewhere between that expected for the two ratings. However, on close inspection, I found a loose connection inside as well as a dodgey switch, and the element itself turned out to be a 110V one. I have replaced the whole cable and the switch.

The boiler is 108mm long x 45mm diameter, with a standard Wilesco sight glass in one end. It has a safety valve and whistle and no dome or regulator. It is heated by a 110V electric element mounted underneath.The steam pipe is fed down under the base, with no superheating, to the valve chest of the cylinder.

The cylinder is a double acting "piston" valve type, 16mm stroke x approx 13mm bore. It is reversible using a slip eccentric. The flywheel is 69mm diameter and incorporates a pulley which drives a dummy governor.

I have restored the engine to full working condition. Cosmetically, I've removed some dents and replaced some missing parts but left the paintwork as is.

Make Wilesco
Model D10el
Made c1970's?
Description stationary
Cylinders 1
Cylinder Type double acting (reversible)
Piston Diam mm 13
Stroke mm 16
Valve Type "piston"
Boiler Type Horizontal electrically heated
Fuel 110V electric
Mechanical Condition good
Cosmetic Condition fair
Paintwork original
Purchased ?
Purchase cost ~20?
Additional cost 35.39