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Post  Mark the spark on Sat 04 Aug 2018, 8:38 pm

I have just noticed that this Friday (10th August) it will be 1 year since I received the last kit for my showmans engine
I am sure I am not the only one that's felling like I have been forgotten I understand that a new generator is being developed but if it was known there was a fault why was this not started sooner
I am just blowing off a bit of steam by writing this but it would be nice to get the last two kits by the end of the year please
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Post  lynnr on Sat 04 Aug 2018, 8:53 pm

Hi Mark

The issue as you said has been known for a while. But what is not known by most is Steve has been looking at alternatives for the last 2 or more years. There is a pile of rejected samples from 3rd parties next to his desk. It reached a point where to get a good reliable product it would need to be developed and manufactured in house. The complication to this is making the new design solution fit the existing casings etc. There is a working prototype in testing and I believe STW are waiting for a large supply of the permanent magnets to be delivered. These having to be sourced from abroad as no UK based supplier have the high N45 - 50 magnet in the dimensions required.
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Post  craig@STW on Fri 10 Aug 2018, 3:36 pm

and i can tell you that Ian is currently "playing" with the working prototype to get it to fit into the existing parts in the kit.

yes progress is very slow on this but progress is being made Cool
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Post  Mark the spark on Fri 10 Aug 2018, 3:38 pm

Thanks Craig for the update

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Post  Steam Traction World on Wed 10 Oct 2018, 4:11 pm

Just an update with this.

I've asked Ian to spend a full day next week bottoming this out. The original we did seemed to work well however we sent it to a customer to trial at Great Dorset and his said it as very noisy indeed so we have a few tweaks to do. The remaining parts/balance of kits (brass, bulbs etc) that go with these bits are already in stock and on the shelf and the only reason these haven't already been sent is in case we make a major change and something then doesn't fit!!

After Ian has completed his testing day i'm hopefully we can bottom this out,  despatch everything in stock while waiting for the main batch of magnets to arrive and get this completed out once and for all. Almost there and thank you for your patience. :-)

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Post  Mark the spark on Wed 10 Oct 2018, 4:14 pm

Thanks very much for the update Dean its nice to know its progressing
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Post  Robfishman on Sat 13 Oct 2018, 8:51 pm

Thanks for the update Dean.
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Post  Mark the spark on Tue 23 Oct 2018, 1:29 pm

Hi Dean
How did it go last week?

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