I plan on cleaning it up and getting the fuel bars for it and running it from time to time. I never had one as a kid but always thought they were cool. My friend is set on building a larger one from a kit. The kit comes with rough cast parts that you have to finish machining, just something different for him to try. KevinT
Those engines were great fun. I still have the one I got for Christmas in 1955 or so. When it had a head of steam and the throttle was wide open it would run so hard it would vibrate and almost levitate off the floor. What a hoot!!
'Course, prices are a little higher than they used to be.
Bob says he got one in 1955. Here's my 1968 Christmas present:
I haven't run it in several years but it's a screamer with a full head of steam. The whistle also drives the dogs crazy.
As I recall, my mom got it out of Sears mail order for $25 which was a LOT of $$$ for a toy in 1968. (For perspective, I got a Cox dune buggy in 1967 - price about $15.)
You can run it as a stationary engine with a belt pulley off the flywheel or it will move as a steam roller under its own power. Two Esbit fuel tabs run it for about 10 minutes. The green cable thing with a small sttering wheel is the "remote control" as such existed on purely mechanical toys of the 1950s - 1960s.
I guess you just graduate to bigger, more expensive toys but the boyhood "need" for the coolest toy on the block just doesn't go away!!!
Wow!! That brings a lot of memories. I remember getting one of those steam engines back in the early 60's for Christmas from my Dad when we were stationed in Germany. I don't know who enjoyed it more me or my Dad. It was one of those toys that got me interested in engineering that carried over into my adult life. I got to find one for my grandsons!!
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