Stationary Engine Kits

Anthony Mount Models

Bailey’s Vertical Hot Air Engine (The Bee)

Founded by John Bailey in 1838 at the “Albion Works” Salford, Manchester, the company was taken over by Johns son, Sir William Henry Bailey in 1866.

Bailey’s hot air engine (concentric version) was patented in 1881. In advertisements it was called the “Bee”. It came in two sizes.

No 1, approximate power 1000 foot pounds, price £10, bright parts nickel plated £11 10s. Total height 2’-9”. Suitable for driving shop window advertisements, model coffee mills, roasting jacks, dental lathes etc.

No 2, approximate power 2000 foot pounds, price £15, bright parts nickel plated, £16 10s. Total height 3-6”. Suitable for driving large sewing machines, amateur lathes, band sawing machines etc.

The model is 17” (430mm) high. There are 28 drawings, A4 size. Both metric and imperial dimensions are shown on the drawings. The firebox, legs, air cooler, water jacket, cover, flywheel which is 6” (150mm) diameter and pulley are gunmetal castings. The whole was built on a Myford ML7R lathe, VMC milling machine and the usual hand tools.

The model can be gas fired (Butane) using a ceramic burner. A suitable type being available from Bruce Engineering as is a gas valve.

An engraving from a contemporary advertisement was used for the external details. The patent drawings (though they varied considerably from the advertisement sketch) were used for the internals.

The model was described in Model Engineer from 21st September 2001 to 5th April 2002 alternate issues.