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Static Steam Engines

Pre-1954 Mamod SE1

This is my oldest Mamod Engine and its rebuild is described on my Restoration Projects Page.

Mamod SE3 Vintage Twin Cylinder

This is one of my two twin cylinder engines. It runs very smoothly even though it is an old engine. I was going to do some remedial work on it but decided it didn’t need anything doing except running it and keeping it in a clean and operable condition. It's nice to find such a good old runner like this one.


My second SE3 was given to me by Stevie, my pal who is a Cloisonné collector. He found it at the Kinross car boot sale one Saturday morning. It was in need of a funnel, whistle and safety valve with which I have now fitted it. Its planned future is as the permanent driving engine for the Mamod workshop instead of my favourite Willesco over-engine! 

Mamod SE2a Vintage Single Cylinder

This SE2a is fitted with the reverser block and comes without the super-heating function.


It has had some spit and polish! I started by giving it a new whistle as the old one was no longer serviceable and freeing up the cylinder and piston. The boiler, pipes and engine have had a good clean up using Brillo pads and Brasso.

All the moving parts move freely and it's had its first steaming. It runs extremely well. A minor leak from the boiler end of the engine feed pipe will soon be sorted with some silver soldering.

I won't be doing any repainting as I prefer to keep its "history" and not make it look like it's been totally refurbished. I prefer my old engines to have their "lived-in over the years" worked look. 

Mamod SE2 Vintage Single Cylinder

This early version of the SE2 came with the super-heating function but no reverser block. However, it does have a throttle control mounted on the engine block. On steaming it up I found a small leak coming from under the front edge of the boiler. Another silver soldering job! A good runner nevertheless.


Mamod SE1 Vintage Single Cylinder (Super-heated)

Another great "old" steamer. I won't be doing anything to it as it doesn't need "fixing". This engine has the super-heating function. A great vintage runner.


Mamod SE1 Vintage Single Cylinder

This engine has no super-heating function. It's a good runner too. This is one of two non-superheated SE1s in my collection.


A Pair of Rebuilt Mamod MM2 Minors

The rebuild of the engine on the left is described on my Restoration Projects Page. The engine on the right is a later rebuild using Mamod parts that I have collected. I originally used a Mamod MM1 base for this one but that has been changed for the correct MM2 base. It's a good steamer too.


Mamod MM1 Minor

This is the smallest engine in the MM / SE range and steams very well considering its size.


A Trio of Mamod SP1s

Not just great steamers but very handsome ornaments too.


I asked my pal (who collects Cloisonné) if he would like one of these engines as a thank you for adding to my ever expanding collection of die cast steam models. He graciously accepted and now one of these engines has another good home. Thank you, Stevie.

SEL 1530 "Junior" Single Cylinder Engine

This particular SEL (Signalling Equipment Limited) Junior is equipped with a steam chimney which is a cosmetic add-on. SEL never built their engines in this format.  It is mounted on a wooden plinth which adds to its stability when under steam. The fuel burner is not the correct one for this engine. I think that the correct size of burner is a single wick version of the double wick burner for the SEL Major.


SEL 1550 “Major” Twin Cylinder Engine

This is another great find on e-bay. Once I had checked it out I fired it up and a cracking steamer it is.

Wilesco D3

A very nice vertical boilered engine. This engine has needed to be run-in more than some of my other new Wilesco engines as it was very slow on its first steaming. Things are getting better and it is running very well now.


Wilesco D5 Kit

This is my first kit. As I have renovated a few older engines I felt it was time to buy a kit. The D5 is the kit version of the D6 ready built engine. There was no soldering needed so no metalwork skills are required to build the engine, just the use of a screwdriver and spanner. The tools were supplied as part of the kit. In all it took me just over an hour to build it and a very enjoyable experience it was. The quality of the kit and assembly instructions are excellent. It was a sensible price and I would recommend this as a starter kit for any steam enthusiast. 


Once I had built the engine the acid test was to steam it. All the pre-steaming preparations were done and the fire was lit. Once it was fired up I was very happy that it ran so well and no unwanted leaks!

I scanned the side of the box to show the parts that make up the kit.


Wilesco D8

I was very fortunate to find this engine at a car boot sale at East Fortune Sunday Market in East Lothian in 2009. I haven't seen any more steam models for sale at car booties before or since!


Wilesco D9 Kit

This engine is a project in progress and more information will appear in time. 

I scanned the side of the box to show the parts that make up the kit.

Wilesco D14

My favourite Wilesco engine. If it had wheels I reckon it would outrun a Ferrari! It looks sporty anyway! It seems to be quite a powerful little engine as it steams extremely well.



Wilesco D106

I just liked this one as it has a cosmetic "regulator" on it. The regulator is for show only and has no affect on the speed of the engine. A real regulator controls the amount of steam fed to the engine so controlling its speed (you knew that anyway, didn't you?). 

Wilesco T125 Steam Turbine

This is a very interesting engine being a steam turbine that drives a powerful 12V DC generator. It has a specially designed boiler to enable the turbine to run at speeds in excess of 10,000 rpm. The turbine also powers two double pulleys to drive other models. A pressure gauge is used to monitor boiler pressure. The turbine can be started at 1.2 bar with the red line set at 1.5 bar.

Fleischmann 120/4 Vintage Engine

I don't know how old this engine is but is a very nice piece of engineering. Due to its age the flywheel is suffering from some metal fatigue, so it needs careful steaming! A recast flywheel is being planned for. A Fleischmann whistle would complete this engine, but that will come in time!


Bittleston Steam Engine

I just couldn’t resist this one at less than £30-00 brand new!


This is a UK manufactured Vertical Oscillating Steam Engine with a 12mm (0.472") stroke and 6.35mm (0.250") bore. The engine stands 71mm (2.795") tall with a base measuring 50mm (1.969") in diameter. The flywheel measures 32mm (1.260") in diameter.

It comes ready for connection to an air or steam supply as it is fitted with 1/8” pipe fittings and olives for inlet and exhaust (unit tapped 1/4 x 40ME).

The base is tapped M6 to allow fixing to a base plate with a boiler.

The manufacturer stated that it will run well if installed with a Mamod or similar boiler. Looks like another project for when I have a spare boiler!

Unfortunately it appears that the company that produced this engine no longer do so. However, as an engineering company they may have something to interest you. Their web site is On their search engine look for "Steam", I think you will find something interesting there.

Meccano Steam Engine

This is a steam engine made for Meccano by Mamod hence the commonality of engine parts to both the Meccano and Mamod engines. I bought this one on e-bay.


Early 1950s Steam Engine

This little engine was another e-bay purchase which I understood to be an early Meccano engine. However, one of the visitors to the site has told me that it could be a Toytown or Harboro Flyer. Thanks for that information, it would be nice to tie it down to a particular model name anyway!


The Mamod Workshop

This comprises four tools: a polisher, grinder, press and hammer. It looks great when powered up. I normally use the Wilesco D14 Engine for this job as it has plenty of power and looks good too!


Miniature Half Beam Pump Engine

I bought this beam engine at a collector’s auction sale in Midlothian. It is a single cylinder half beam steam engine. Half beam means the beam is pivoted at one end instead of centrally along the beam. The engine drives a water pump driven near the pivot end of the beam. The engine is built of brass and steel and incorporates a ladder and a wooden walkway. It will run on either steam or compressed air. Speed of the engine is controlled by a fully functional regulator. The engine is mounted on an imitation brick and concrete platform and is 12.5 inches (32 cm) high and 14 inches (36 cm) long. I have been told that it looks very similar to a prototype of a Cotswold Heritage Aquarius live steam model engine.



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