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I feel stupid asking this, but . . . .

I have been trying tofollow this thread because I would like to have one of these engines someday but I don't understand somethings.

Are eccentrics and counterweights the same thing?

I have looked at the two links by Mike Reilly and I cannot see any difference.

So, maybe there should be a forum that deals with the basic terminology and construction of a steam engine.

All I know is I love to see them and watch them and smell the smoke and grease.

How they operate is a total mystery to me.

So if you don't mind, could someone take the time to describe exactly what it is we are talking about so an idiiot like me can understand it?

Thanks,

John
 
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