This very rare and impressive Ernst Plank steam plant dates from the 1890s and is possibly the largest plant the company has ever produced during this early period. It wasn't until the 1920s that their steam plants grew in size but, even by those later standards, this unit is unusually large. The boiler and engine rest on a 14 x 12.5 inch wooden base lined with embossed gunmetal finished tiles, with a total height (including base) of 12 inches. Length of boiler: 6 inches.
Total weight (not counting packaging) is 8.25 pounds. The nickel plated mill engine, with its 4.5 inch flywheel, is the most beautiful one I've ever seen by this company and outshines most similar engines by other major German makers at the time. It sits on a simulated brick pedestal, topped by a 7.5 x 4.5 inch nickel plated, machined floor plate. The original plating on all the engine components, as well as the flywheel, look close to new and is complete in every respect.Here are some very minor condition details to point out, all of which can be seen in the photos. 1 catwalk rail post is missing, 1 is loose and 1 is replaced, - 1 short railing possibly missing at one end of the boiler, - Pressure gauge missing face plate + cover and has not been tested, - Missing wooden handle on boiler water tap, - Missing upper part of whistle, - Burner missing handle and wicks, - 2 fence posts probably replaced - 1 screw on engine's brick base has been replaced, - Some creases in the stack rim, - Some separations in wooden base due to age. As I have no proper wick for the burner, I have never fired up the unit. But, since it is mechanically complete and without any damage, I anticipate no difficulties with it performing properly.
As you will note, I had temporarily detached the engine in order to better photograph it from every angle. In this way, I was also able to physically blow air into cylinder and seeing all the parts move slowly but very smoothly. Some years ago, I had spent many hours hand polishing the tiles and the furnace (using Q-Tips and Flitz metal polish) bringing them back to their original, mirror-like gunmetal finish. But there are still a lot of areas, both on the floor and the furnace that I did not tackle, leaving hours of enjoyment for the next owner.
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FREE scheduling, supersized images and templates. Large ERNST PLANK Steam Plant Steam Engine Germany" is in sale since Tuesday, June 14, 2016. This item is in the category "Toys & Hobbies\Models & Kits\Tools, Supplies & Engines". The seller is "8kippers" and is located in Ontario. This item can be shipped to North, South, or Latin America, to all countries in Europe.