Author: Mike Garrity

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Mary Anne goes to London

One of my favorite books when I was little was Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel. If you don’t remember it, it’s about a competition between diggers. Our hero, Mike Mulligan, and his antiquated digger...



Have you ever wondered how this stuff was made? Of course you have. That’s the sort of thing that I think about all the time. Well, Evil Mad Scientist has the answer, and it’s...


On the Ground

Look what happened today: The Westfield is standing on its own feet for the first time! This is only temporary. We’re going to mark out some of the details of where the engine goes...



I got the differential into the Westfield today. That’s a big step, and I’m pretty excited. It’s  very heavy, so I used the engine hoist, and enlisted Peter’s help. It went in pretty smoothly,...



As I’ve mentioned before, assembling the Westfield often involves a bit of fettling. There are a number of tools which are useful for fettling, such as files. But my personal favorite is the adjustable...


Brakepipe Clips

I finally got the last brakeline installed in the Westfield this weekend. While working on them, I got pretty sick of these things. That’s a brakepipe clip. It’s used to hold the hard brakelines....


Awaiting Picture

The Westfield isn’t exactly a tab A in slot B sort of project. There’s a lot of puzzling about exactly how things go together. At the moment, I’m sorting all of the suspension bits....


Processing Test

I don’t know whether you’ve noticed, but all of our old process sketches have been dead since we switched to WordPress. We were embedding them with iframe, and WordPress thought that wasn’t safe. I’ve...


FIRST Worlds

We spent half of last week at the World Championships for FIRST. This is the organization which Dean Kamen started in New Hampshire 25 years ago to show kids that engineering can be fun...



Spring seems to really be here at last. We’ve had snowdrops and crocuses for a while now, but this weekend the daffodils opened up. It’s awfully nice to see them after that long winter.