This Mamod SE1A static horizontal steam engine and boiler was made in England. The small boiler and horizontal steam engine are typical of the steam toys enjoyed by generations of children before the lawyers got involved. This particular engine was used as a child by Joe Martin’s nephew, Chad who has kindly donated it for display. It has a container for alcohol that is lit and put under the boiler.

Steam in the boiler is sent through small copper tubes to the steam engine, which drives a flywheel and power takeoff drive wheel. Belts from this wheel could be used to power other toys like a small lathe. The boiler also has a pop-off valve to prevent too much pressure from building up and a steam whistle. It was probably built in the 1950s or 1960s. Mamod still produces similar engines today, although this particular model is no longer in production. The small engine includes the original red stand.

Exhibit added: March 25, 2013 - Last modified: May 4, 2023

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