Stationary Engine Kits

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Savage Organ Engine

These little engines were used to drive fairground organs. They were sometimes mounted at the back of the organ, at the front of a traction engine, or on the centre engine of a carousel.

Savage’s were of course a famous engineering company producing agricultural and fairground steam machinery in both the 19th and 20th centuries. They were based at Kings Lynn in Norfolk and the town museum contains much appertaining to the company as well as storing a large number of the companies wooden patterns.

The company was founded in 1850 by Frederick Savage, who had been born on 3rd March 1828 in the village of Hevingham in Norfolk. At the age of sixteen he started work with Thomas Cooper “Whitesmith and Machine Maker,” who had a small foundry in East Dereham Norfolk. It was taken over by John and James Gill, “Millwrights and Machine Makers.” In 1848 Savage moved to Lynn and gained employment as a wheelwright and blacksmith with Charles Willett. who styled himself as “Brazier, Tinplate worker, Ironmonger, Wholesale and Retail Dealer, Whitesmith and Belihanger".

In 1850 Willett retired and Savage set up on his own account with a small smithy and foundry. Business expanded and he moved in the next few years to ever larger premises. In 1872 came his last move to the north end of town to new premises he called The St Nicholas’ Ironworks. He was now known as “Engineer and Agricultural Machinists”. He also became a J.P. and in 1889-90 the mayor, and he had a statue erected as a monument to him. He died on 27th April, 1897, aged sixty-nine.

A good write up of the company is given in the book “The Engine Builders of Norfolk” by Ronald H Clark, who also did a separate booklet on the 114th anniversary of the company.

The model has a cast iron flywheel of 150mm (6”) diameter. The frame, pedestal bearings, governor bracket and governor slider are brass lost wax castings. The cylinder is a gunmetal lost wax casting.

The base is made from 7 laminations of laser cut steel, also laser cut are the governor arms and links, and the throttle lever.

With quite a small flywheel it should be possible to build the engine on some of the smaller lathes available as well as the usual 3 1/2" machine.

The engine was written up in Engineering In Miniature from ? 2004.