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Wilesco D16-el

c1970s







This is the electrically heated version of the D16. It is also available in a tablet heated version. It is a typical Wilesco mid-range engine of something like 1970s vintage. A good looking engine with a double-acting cylinder, utilising the characteristic "piston" valve driven off a slip eccentric for reversible running. A dummy governor, consisting of a pair of free swinging balls, is mounted on the engine base-plate, driven by a belt from the flywheel.

The heat source is a 220 V 300 W electric element, strapped underneath the boiler. Steam is supplied to the engine via a needle valve throttle and an in-line lubricator. The feed pipe is routed down the side of the boiler and under the base plate to the throttle. The exhaust from the cylinder exits by a short pipe to a drip-tray fitten into the base.

The boiler, 55mm diam. x 130mm, has a circular glass window in the end for indication of water level, a typical Wilesco (rather fancy looking) combined whistle & safety valve (weighted) and a second safety valve (spring loaded). The boiler is mounted on a brick-effect firebox with typical Wilesco decorations. The chimney is purely decorative; not even the steam exhaust goes up it.

Make Model Made Description Cylinders Cylinder Type
Wilesco D16-el c1970s Stationary 1 Double acting reversible
Piston Diam mm Stroke mm Valve Type Boiler Type Fuel Mechanical Condition
13 16 Slip Eccentric "Piston" Horizontal 220 V electric Good
Cosmetic Condition Paintwork Packaging Purchased Purchase cost Additional cost
Fair Original Cardboard box
14 Nov 2015 82.00