The other steam engines.
This is the 'everything else' section, the non Nuremburg produced and contemporary steam engines.
|Empire B35 Turbine|
|Semi-complete. Missing the smokestack and sight glass assembly. Otherwise intact, with a good heating element. Perhaps some kind soul can direct me to the missing parts?|
Looks like a repaint job. Missing sight glass, but otherwise complete.
|Franklin Mint Watt Steam Engine|
|In case anyone was thinking of buying one of these... it's nice,
but don't pay a lot for it. Not a live steam model, just a display model. It
does have the separate condensing chamber, and William Murdock's planetary gear
drive, and the metal parts appear to be brass. Turn the crank, and it more or
less goes through the normal cycle.
And for all you editors out there... they misspelled Watt's name on the plate.
|Marked "Made in Germany US Zone", which makes this engine an
interesting bit of postwar economics.
At the end of WW2, the German economy was in the same condition as everything else - total wreckage. In order to get some form of industry back on it's feet, the government in the US zone arranged the 'tin toys for tinned food' program. The toy factories were put back into operation, with the entire production being sent to the US, in return for food supplies. Thus, the people were employed, the factories put back into use, food supplies were insured, and the locals began to regain some semblance of a normal life.
And so we have this example - double action cylinder, with the smoked art deco base that was so popular in the late 1930's. Like a lot of models produced in the immediate postwar period, this one has suffered cracks in the flywheel, indicative of the poor materials available. Pressure gauge marked DC.
|A few Wilescos.|
|D305 fire engine. I couldn't resist this one. Runs or pumps water.||D409 showman's engine. Dynamo lights up the LED's around the top.||D456 brass/black vertical.|
|The Mamod produced Meccano engine, for powering their erector sets. This example does not appear to have ever been fired.|
|A Czech built GAMA. Box dates this model to 1991. Style is very reminiscent of Fleischmann (perhaps they acquired Fleischmann's tooling?), with a Bing style sight glass. Runs on dry fuel. Never been fired. Everything is there - pressure valve and fill plug are still in the box.|
|Identified at last! Thank you, Julius. The maker is Jean. Comby,
who made low end to midrange engines in France from 1912 to 1966. Started out
with two other companies, WYBO and Panisset. Early examples are labeled
"RW-JC-LP". Also made sewing machines
The 'Unis' in the label indicates a union of French toy makers.
Two Mamods, steam roller and traction engine.
Recently picked up an example of the elusive Mamod alcohol burner. Later models run on Esbit, which gets real expensive. I'm still on my first gallon of wood alcohol, and I run my engines a lot.
Haven't fired this one up, as I can't find a cord to fit it. You'd think that wouldn't be hard to find, but it is.
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