Josef Falk


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Falk began as an employee of Georges Carette. He started his own company in 1895. Produced many steam engines, including some spectacular large overtypes (of which I have none). Falk bought out Schoenner's steam engine line in 1912.

After WW1, Falk became closely allied with Bing, producing a few steam engines with the combination JF/BW label. (I am still trying to acquire one of those)

Schaller bought out Falk in 1934. This may have been a confiscation of the company, as it was with Doll, but current references neither confirm nor deny this.


Overtype with feed pump. Nickel trim on the boiler. JF 450 on the bottom of the base. Base is painted in a classic Falk scheme: green, with blue speckles and red pinstripes. Disassembly showed that this, like the Schoenner engines that it was derived from, has a fairly elaborate two piece slide valve, of the same style that Stuart uses.


Overtype with feed pump. JF 491 on the bottom of the base. Base paint is the same as the 450. Slightly larger than the 456/0 (see 2nd photo), and slightly less elaborate, no nickel trim on the boiler.

Another example, missing some parts


Identified at last, thanks to the Lexicon Historiches Blechspielzeug book.

Sold to me as a Plank, but we should all have such misfortune, because it was also relatively inexpensive. Gotta love that Buy It Now...

Another botched boiler solder job. I don't know what to do about that - can't remove the solder without removing the finish,either.


Cylinder(s) detail

Pressure gauge, and mangled sight glass holes

Larger example of a 3rd tier Falk overtype, but one curious detail - the 'Bavaria' marked on the bottom of the base. This is normally found only on Bing engines.
This could be an early JF/BW engine, before they started marking the collabrative efforts with the JF/BW badge. Note also - no JF on the boiler base. But... very clearly, that is a Falk base, and Falk paint on the base. Interesting...


Larger version of this midrange vertical engine.


The smaller version.

Horizontal, unidentified

Older JF/Quality badge. Very attractive metalflake red base paint. Everything but the burner present.

Horizontal, unidentified

Handsome fellow, in good condition. Needs a sight glass, but otherwise operational. Cleaned up nicely.


Curious little fellow. This style of engine was also made by Doll.

568 Vertical.

Not complete, but most of the important parts are there. No burner.

Overtype with boiler housing.

A rather rare Falk - with the extra boiler housing. Carries the JF/Quality badge.


Smaller unidentified horizontal - looks like a Falk. No ID, might be a Doll.


Smaller horizontal with electric heater. JF/Quality badge

Unidentified horizontal
JF/Quality badge, smoky art deco base. Good little runner.

Vertical, unidentified

Small double action cylinder, base marked JF 574

Horizontal. No model number.

Base is in good condition, original paint relatively intact. JF in oval stamped on the pedestal.

Front. A little rusty around the boiler.

Cylinder detail. Nice base paint.


This is another one of those frustrating cases, very run down but complete. Has the pressure gauge, burner, and smokestack. But for a leaky sight glass, this one might even run. Cylinder turns smoothly with no binding.

Very rusty pedestal, a little original paint on the base.

After some cleaning.

Horizontal with feed pump.

Boiler is intact, all nuts in place. Despite it's scruffy appearance, all of the wood handles on the valves are intact and in good condition. In as found condition, it was covered in silver paint. I'm removing carefully to see if any original paint remains underneath. So far, no luck.

Horizontal, unidentified.

Small horizontal with double action slide valve. JF in oval on boiler base.

Overtype, no identification.

Leaking through cracks in the nose cap right now. JF in oval on the pedestal, runs well other than the leak.

Burner is present.


Magic Lantern

Slightly smaller than the typical magic lantern of the period.

Small overtype. Doesn't run well ,valve timing is off. Pressure valve is missing. Another paint job by someone who doesn't realize that steam engines get hot...

This poor little thing got the black paint treatment. Original finish on the boiler looks good underneath, so it gets a thorough cleaning when time permits.

473/2 ???

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