Category:Meccano steam engines

From The Brighton Toy and Model Index
The original Meccano Vertical Steam Engine, probably made for Meccano Ltd. by Bing. This picture is from an undated Meccano catalogue with a date thought to be circa ~1920. Note the M.L.L. legend to the bottom left of the illustration (signifying "Meccano Limited, Liverpool")

The original Meccano Vertical Steam Engine, probably made for Meccano Ltd. by Bing. This picture is from an undated Meccano catalogue with a date thought to be circa ~1920. Note the M.L.L. legend to the bottom left of the illustration (signifying "Meccano Limited, Liverpool") [image info]

"How to use the Meccano Steam Engine", front cover

"How to use the Meccano Steam Engine", front cover [image info]

Steam-powered engines for Meccano models came in three distinct generations:

  • The original Meccano-branded steam engines were simply stationary upright engines made by Bing, and were not especially suited for embedding in a Meccano model. There were no real fixings other than the four holes in the base, and one would be expected to screw the engine to a custom base and then somehow attach one's Meccano device.
  • The next generation of engines were apparently made by Meccano themselves, and featured a more lightweight construction than the Bing casting-centric design. These new engines had a blue punched base with punched side-plates, and allowed Meccano parts to simply be bolted on. The boiler was still upright, but Meccano Ltd. produced a number of rather alarming designs in which the engine was mounted on a large crane or dredger, and could swing around with the rest of the superstructure.
  • The final generation of Meccano steam engines were produced in the 1970s, and had a horizontal boiler. These were Meccano-branded, but were manufactured by Mamod, who were specialists in making small steam engines for the model/hobbyist market.


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