SOME MODELS WHICH HAVE FEATURED IN
Weeden 'Dart' locomotive introduced 1886
C.1929 'Meccano' steam engine
Engine manufactured by G R Cross of Norwich 1950 - 1960
Only a small number of these well made engines were built by this highly skilled engineer
One of two vertical designs by Wilson Bros. of Liverpool c.1948
A pair of Wormar E 'Elite' engines c.1927
Note the highly polished left hand example has the optional oiler which cost an extra 1/- at the time. The right hand one is in good used working order.
Weeden steam roller manufactured between 1926-33
A pair of 'Planes'
The L4 (left) and L5 (right) 'Plane' stationary steam engines were made by Latimer Productions, Teddington, Middlesex, England around 1950
The complete 'Cyldon' range
Top - left 13/5, right 13/4. Bottom - left 13/2, centre 13/3, 13/1
Unfortunately the above engines are sometimes described as Rees engines. This is incorrect and is probably due to an error in Basil Harley's book 'Toyshop Steam', where he wrongly attributed the two models known him at the time as being made by L. Rees and Co Ltd.
Grahame Davis confirmed in his recent article published in S.T.E.A.M that the 'Cyldon' range was manufactured by Sydney S. Bird and Sons Ltd of Enfield between 1947-1951.
'MLI' steam engine and accessories
'Morris Laboratory Instruments'
These were sold for use in school science departments, to assist with various transfer of energy experiments. The engine and boiler used were from the small Stuart Turner ST1 engine plant. A speed regulator was added to the engine and the boiler case was made from alluminium instead of steel. The copper boiler was gas fired and the burner made so that it could be connected to a bunsen burner gas supply.
A pair of 'Mersey Model' twins
'Mersey Model' triple cylinder steam engine
This unused example is one of four variants of this collectable three cylinder engine.
The Mersey Model Co. Ltd. was incorporated in October 1935. As a private firm, it had previously been known under different names. The engines were made between 1935-38 with stock being sold into 1939. Prior to the firm's incorporation, some items were sold without a maker's name, while others could be found with an E. Claus badge. Hamley's advertised an early variant in the November 1934 Meccano Magazine and was badged as a Hamley's item. Some engines even pre-date 1934. Early Mersey Model Co. Ltd. products were badged 34 Peter's Lane, Liverpool 1 and later ones from August 1936 were badged Cooper's Buildings, Liverpool 1. These addresses refer to the firm's offices. The Works were a few miles away at 19 Grosvenor Road, Wallasey. One of their rarest stationary steam engine is the horizontal opposed twin shown on the left; two pictures up. It is of Peter's Lane vintage. Some models can also be found badged with Gamages name plates. The company went into voluntary liquidation in 1939. Much is made on some websites that the Cooper's Building was destroyed during a bombing raid on 6th May 1941 and this saw the demise of the firm. This is not true for the building only suffered some damage and the place remained open throughout the war. An image posted by some is not even Cooper's Buildings but 22 Church Street. It is all pointless information anyway, and has no bearing on the fate of Mersey Models, which was liquidated in 1939. Another company rose from the ashes of the Mersey Model Co. Ltd. but this is another story.
Mersey Model 'Miss Mersey 1' steam launch
This is a very rare sight indeed - a Miss Mersey 1 under steam on a pond. It's even rarer sister is 'Miss Mersey 2'. The wooden hulls were made for Mersey by Star Yachts of Birkenhead.
This particular Careast type could be had with different colour finishes to the firebox. Some models had a burner reservoir formed from brass tubing instead of copper and often painted in the same colour as the firebox.
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