The Wilesco Story: Wilesco live steam engines though traditional toys from yesteryear, are today more popular than ever before. All of the Wilesco steam engines demonstrate clearly the basic change of energy in one form to that of another. The toy steam engine converts heat into mechanical energy via water. This process was used on large scale in the early 19th century to produce power. Wilesco steam engines cater to this ageless interest in demonstrating the basic principles of changing heat into mechanical power. The Wilesco company was founded in 1912 by Mr. Wilhelm Schröder and Mr. Ernst Wortmann. Right at the beginning the company manufactured aluminum cutlery and carving sets. Wilesco started manufacturing stationary steam engines and accessories in 1950. As many customers were already buying the household toys, the steam engines succeeded very quickly in gaining their own market share. The Company added the famous steam roller "Old-Smoky" to this range in 1966. With this particular technical development, They succeeded in entering further into the toy and hobby market. Today the steam engine production accounts for about 50% of their sales. The Wilesco fire truck D305 (fire engines) is one of the most popular traction engines. The Company supplies their stationary steam engines and traction steam engines like the famous fire engines all over the globe, especially the toy and hobby range. Today Wilesco is the world's largest manufacturer of toy steam engines.
The Mamod Story: The Mamod Factory Working Steam Models recapture the excitement of that era giving immediate enjoyment and fun. Fire from safe solid fuel tablets, the boilers of Mamod steam cars soon reach working pressure and you quickly experience the joys of steam in action. Constructed from heavy gauge steel and brass Mamod steam cars and steam engines follow the traditional style and quality engineering of the original steam pioneers, such as Watt, Brunel and Trevithick, resulting in robust units that will last for years.
Mamod's reputation for excellence has been built up over 50 years. All toy steam engines are tested to strict standards and safety valves control the working pressures of all units.
The Mamod range is broad, obtainable in pre-assembled or kit form to give variety and choice.
Some of the most popular Mamod steam cars are the 1319BT Brooklands Tourer, Mamod 1404 Fire Engine FE1, LB1 London Bus, DV1 Delivery Van, Mamod1402 Steam Roller, 1403 Four-seater Limousine, and the full line of stationary steam engines.
The Jensen Steam Engine Story: Throughout Jensen live steam engine's 71 year history they have never wavered in their goal to make the finest, ready-to-run, stationary model Steam Engines & Power Generating Plants in the world. The Jensen Company's longevity and continued growth attest to meeting these challenges. They are the last remaining toy steam engine American manufacturer and are still well known for their hand craftsmanship. Jensen's attention to quality and detail makes their legendary toy steam engines highly prized by the hobbyist and collector.
Tucher & Walther: For your collection... an authentic tin toy from Tucher & Walther of Germany. For generations, the German toy makers have been delighting the world with their tin toys. Using tools, machines and traditions from the past, Tucher & Walther are producing toys as they have since 1900's. All items are made of sheets of metal, which are cut, punched, stamped and curved. The pieces are then soldered, washed, dried and colored. The toys are then Hand painted. Each Tucher & Walther handmade toy is produced in a limited numbered edition and comes with a hand signed certificate of authenticity.
The PM Research Story: PM Research was incorporated in 1973 in Arkport, NY, by Gary Bastian and Paul Vossler. Their first product was a line of portable gasoline engine driven permanent magnet generators. In 1978 they moved to Wellsville, NY which is located in Allegany County and is the least populated county in the state. They later began fabrication and vacuum forming of plastic parts. In 1985 they expanded their building and decided they would like to give their children the opportunity to learn to run some of the shop equipment. This led them to design and make castings for a small model steam engine. Their original #1A aluminum engine was a replica of an 1880's steam drilling engine. This same engine is now offered as #1BI with bronze and cast iron castings. They made up some kits and headed to a local steam show, where they quickly sold out of everything they had taken. They decided to continue expanding this line with more model steam engines, boilers, and accessories. In 1993 they introduced the EL-1, engine lathe kit. This was the beginning of their line of model machine shop tools which has grown to include an arbor press, bench grinder, crank shaper, drill press, milling machine, table saw and wood lathe. In 1995 they purchased Solar Engines from Ed and Jeanette Morgan of Phoenix, AZ; and in 1996 they began production and marketing of the Solar-4 sun runner and other Stirling cycle engines. In 2006 they introduced the DYN-1 dynamo kit, Model 8M twin cylinder oscillating marine engine, and a line of model tapered pipe fittings. They currently have over 30 models and are continuing to develop new products. Even though we know them best for their engine product line, they are also well known in the aviation industry through their line of radome boots and leading edge erosion protection tapes.
The MSM Miniature Steam Models Story: Miniature Steam offers a complete range of steam powered products ranging from casting sets for the modeler who wants to build their own steam engines to modelers with an interest in complete turnkey solutions for powering radio control model boats. Miniature Steam offers, precision, factory made, carefully matched boilers (five variations), particular engine designs (twelve variations), supported by refillable gas tanks (three designs), and exhaust oil traps (three designs). All boilers and steam engines are made from corrosion resistant copper, copper based alloys and stainless steel. Miniature Steam offers a comprehensive range of fully assembled turnkey steam plants for many applications. Miniature Steam places quality ahead of cost when making a product and will continue to innovate to improve products that are already excellent in performance and to develop new ones to meet the market interest.