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    Posted 1 year ago

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    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.

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    1. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 1 year ago
      Great grab ! Hotairfan will probably have an,- ugh-, get his cookies when he sees these ! Don't give him your address ! LMAO !!
    2. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 1 year ago
      Looking at the last pix, does this use the steam to run turbines and I can't see how the governors work ?
    3. K45389, 1 year ago
      Blunderbuss2, I suppose these model engines from Stuart could have been used to demonstrate any kind of use the real engines were used for, mainly in factories powering numerous equipment. A pulley with belts type system, powering generators being just one idea. And I think on these two Stuart engines the fly ball governors are for show only because the other parts of the speed governing system with levers and things to the intake port isn't present. Accessories I have seen in photos could make these quite elaborate.
    4. hotairfan hotairfan, 1 year ago
      Boy.... what a great collection of steam engines, I don't know where you live, but there are a lot of steam shows around the Country where you can display and run under steam or air to show these beauties.
      P.S Tell blunderbuss2 I'm drooling with envy....

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