Free Plans: Jingle Bell Steam Engine

This is a short 3-minute video by “rbandes1” that shows and explains the operation of the “Jingle Bell Steam Engine” he made.  It was built from free plans provided by Professor Nial McCabe, who teaches Engineering Technology at the County College of Morris in Randolph, NJ.  Professor McCabe has one on display with a main bearing that has become loose from heavy use.  As a result the flywheel lightly touches the frame when it turns, creating a “Jingle Bell” sound.  That’s how it got its name.

Paul Jorgenson also built one of these engines.  His version is a little bit simpler and he has a very nice set of plans (PDF) for it.  Paul also has lots of photos showing its construction over on the Home Model Engine Machinist forum.

5 comments to Free Plans: Jingle Bell Steam Engine

  • Tony Verga
    September 21, 2011 at 8:01 PM | Reply

    I teach a Vocational Machine shop program, we are very low funded. I’m looking for some projects other than the old traditional ball peen hammer ect.Could you help us out; steam engine plans ‘ any thing!! Regards,
    Tony Verga

  • Roger Leete
    September 22, 2011 at 1:06 PM | Reply

    Check out 3 pages of plans. Elmer’s engines are perfect for beginners.

  • Roger Leete
    September 26, 2011 at 12:06 PM | Reply

    Just a further note on this engine. I spent a couple of days in the shop (about 10 hours total) and have nearly completed this engine. All that is left is the flywheel and drilling a couple of holes. Unfortunately, my mill died, or I would have a new engine to show. Not bad for a single weekend. Any beginner with some time and patience should be able to make a runner in a single semester of shop time.

  • pierino casale
    November 12, 2011 at 1:52 PM | Reply

    very interesting .
    iam interesting on builting one .
    it will serve in the jungle in africa adpting a generator for little lighting and radio.
    nice job

  • rleete
    November 15, 2011 at 10:50 AM | Reply

    This would not be a very efficient engine for that purpose. It is more of a demonstration model. In order to have a steam engine for power, you should look into larger engines.

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