Posted 2 months ago
Growing up in the 60's I remember seeing live steam models, like Jensen, Wilesco, Weeden and others. We never owned any. Some years back I came across a very very vintage collection of anything that had to do with steam. Mostly O scale trains but also these were spotted. I had to acquire them. The owner was active during the 1910's' through the 1980's. These I believe date back to the 1920's or there abouts. The first is an overtype steam engine produced by Josef Falk. This one is stamped JF 487 on the underside. Yes, it's missing its burner, display stack and sight glass, and maybe a lever or so, but well worth owning. I added water and lit a fire under it when I first acquired it to see its workings. It came up to steam pressure fairly quickly and ran smoothly. This one features a water pump mechanism as well. The other 2 engines were made by Stuart. These are the #9 models of their horizontal steam engines. The owner had built them from kits to mirror each other. I describe it as a left hand and a right hand. I didn't have the appropriate steam supply but did test them on air. With a little oil here and there they too came to life. Powerful little things too! Well machined, built and balanced. Features flying ball governors and glass oil cups. Neat items in the collection.