Weeden Steam Carriage 1894-1901
Weeden twin cylinder horse drawn fire engine 1894-1919
A fine collection of used Bowman stationary steam engines
Back row left to right: M122, M140, E101. Front row left to right: M175, M130, M135, M158
Bill Payne said this 'Buckman' steam engine plant is completely original. Everything but the frames and brass legs is nickel plated. Most of the plating is still intact. The plaque on the boiler end is dated Christmas 1882 and Bill assumes the engine was new at the time. He adds that an example of this engine can be seen in the Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC.
'Modeen' Marine Twin Cylinder Engine Unit c.1985
The above engine and boiler unit were available seperately from 'MODEEN' Steam Driven Models, 141 York Street, Oldham, Lancashire from around 1985. The firm was run by Ron Needham who advertised in the 'Model Boats' magazine until May 1998. In 1982, the engine designed and made by Ron, sold for £59.00. The all copper silver soldered 'CROMPTON' Marine Steam Boiler sold for £55.00. Intended for use with the above engine, it was fitted with a Mamod whistle, Stuart Turner safety valve and was supplied with a meths burner. The photograph above shows the engine and boiler mounted on a wooden plinth by Colin Laker for display purposes. Being reversible, self starting, and with speed regulator, the unit was suitable for radio control and provided a good workhorse for boats up to 40" or so long .
In March 2014, the book "Modeen Steam Models Of Oldham" by Colin Laker was published. Hardback, A4 size on silk brochure paper, full colour and 223 pages long, this quality standard is now out of print.
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