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Steam Model Library

As an enthusiast of running live steam models I like to know more about them and their maker’s backgrounds. I know I can find a lot of information on the internet, but one of my pleasures is reading books about the subject.

There have been a lot of excellent books written on the subject but unfortunately a number of them are now out of print. However, these books do appear on E-bay now and then. That has been my source for some of these books.

I have found that the prices for out of print books can be a bit keen; it is a seller’s market when all is said and done! I try to keep the bank manager on my side! However, the end result is very satisfying and I get a good read bringing to light some very interesting and sometimes surprising facts.

I have really enjoyed reading all of them from cover to cover. They are a constant source of reference material so they have a prominent place in my book case!

Toyshop Steam

 Author: Basil Harley

ISBN 0-85242-583-X

First Published: 1978

This Print: 1978

Print Status: Out of print.

Source: E-bay

The Book: The sub-title of this book is ‘From Birmingham Dribbler to Mamod Models’. Well that is true, but before you get to the Birmingham Dribbler there is some must have steam history. A great read with plenty of information about British toy steam manufacturers and their engines.

Toy Steam Engines

Author: Bob Gordon

ISBN 978-0-85263-775-3

First Published: 1985

This Print: 2009

Print Status: Currently in print.

Source: Amazon

The Book: This A5 format book is a great source of historic information. The engines described within it are extremely interesting and the monochrome photography is excellent.  Of particular interest to me are the different steam toy manufacturer’s trademarks included in this book.

Mamod The Story of Malins Models

Author: P. S. Malins

ISBN 0-9529237-0-X

First Published: 1996

This Print: 1996

Print Status: Out of print.

Source: E-bay

The Book: To me this book is the Mamod literary Holy Grail! It was written by a prominent member of the Malin family who was very actively involved with the company over many years. It describes the history of the Malins Company and its product Mamod. There is also a definitive description of all Mamod engines and accessories produced up to 1996.

Live Steam Toys – A User’s Guide

Author: Roly Williams

ISBN – N/A Self published by the author.

First Published: 2003

This Print: 2009

Print Status: Currently in print

Source: Steam Enthusiasts

The Book: This is an A5 format book written for steam model enthusiasts of all levels of experience. This is a very easy read covering all aspects of our hobby. It reflects the great knowledge and experience of the author who has been involved with full sized steam preservation as well as enjoying model steam. I consider it my steam toy bible!

The Complete Operating Instructions for Running Mamod Live Steam Model Engines

Author: Mr C. W. Steamer

ISBN – N/A Self published by the author.

First Published: Not Known.

This Print: Not Known.

Print Status: Currently in print.

Source: Paper ‘n’ Steam Galore (must ask them about the author’s name, I haven’t worked it out yet!)

The Book: This is an A4 booklet brimmed full of operating instructions and safety advice for running Mamod engines. It includes information about the parts that make up a Mamod traction engine and the main items in train sets. It’s a good starter book for the newcomer to our model steam hobby and won’t hurt the pocket.

Toy Steam Accessories

 Author: Marcus Rooks

ISBN 0-7478-0313-7

First Published: 1996

This Print: 1996

Print Status: Currently in print.

Source: E-bay

The Book: This A5 format book describes many steam driven toys and a history of the hobby of collecting them. Many examples of the different types of toys are described from simple tools to quite elaborate fairground toys. A brief history of the main manufacturers of steam driven toys is included in the book. This is a very interesting addition to my library.

Model Steam Engines

Author: Bob Gordon

ISBN 978-0-85263-906-1

First Published: 1987

This Print: 2010

Print Status: Currently in print.

Source: E-bay

The Book: This is another great book written by Bob Gordon. The A5 format book is a great source of historic information. The engines described within it are models rather than “toys” and shows the hard work that has gone into building them. The engine descriptions and the monochrome photography are excellent.  It’s another interesting book to read from cover to cover.

The Layman’s Guide to Mamod Steam Engines

Author: William Green

ISBN 978-1-326-09676-2

First Published: 2014

This Print: 2015

Print Status: Currently in print.

Source: E-bay

The Book: Printed in A4 format, this is an excellent book aimed at the DIY Mamod enthusiast. Everything you wanted to know about Mamod engines and restoration is covered including plenty of good quality monochrome photographs.

 

 

 

Fly Fishing

Author: J. R. Hartley

ISBN 0-09-177909-X

O.K. I was only kidding! It’s nice to know you read this far!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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