Flatbase Mamod Minor 1

This lovely little engine came from a friend on TUMAOSF. It's a Minor 1, one of the very early ones, introduced in 1939 and after the war years reintroduced in 1946. According to one of the Mamod experts the fact that the flywheel has "Mamod Minor" stamped in it rather than embossed on it means that it was made either just before or just after the war. It is in 100% original condition, and thus it will remain. It is a fine little runner, see the video below.

1946 Mamod SE1

1946 SE2

This is a 1946 flatbed SE1, with a typical hot stamped brass engine frame on which the Mamod logo is picked out in relief. It has a Mazak flywheel, and the exhaust is routed into the funnel. This particular model was only made for a few months in 1946, which to me makes it even more interesting.
I saw this beauty for sale at £25 - guess how long I hesitated! It had been pretty badly treated - the baseplate was covered in metallic red paint, the engine frame had been stripped, burner and safety valve were missing....in other words, nothing I can't cope with.
The engine's had a clean and a repaint. The burner is not the exact correct one, but close to what it should be. The safety valve is an exact copy made by MamodFan, and the stunning replica decal was made by flywheel, both regular visitors of the Mamod Forum.

The power of this little engine belies its size - it is more powerful than anything I've encountered in this size. It is really well made, and it runs beautifully, fast and smooth. Please note that the video is pre restoration.

Mamod 1948 Minor 2


The early flatbase Mamods are all the vogue at the moment, so I was amazed when this one cropped up on eBay and didn't attract too many bids...granted, it's a little tatty, but still a very nice, solid little engine. The boiler is a drawn tube with a press fit endcap, and the flywheel is solid brass, as opposed to the later mazak flywheels. It came without a burner, but the correct burner was kindly provided by my good friend Dampfzauberer. It runs very well indeed.

1950 Mamod SE2


One of my favourite Mamods - the SE2 has an exhaust choke, which slows it down with full steam pressure still applied to the piston, causing a beautiful "chugging" sound. This is another brass flywheel engine, and in superb condition. The firebox and base have been repainted as there was no original paint left, but apart from that the engine is in totally original condition.

Below is a video of the MM2 and the SE2 running together.

Mamod TE1A


This is possibly the most popular engine in the world - very few steam enthusiasts don't have one, or don't want one. I had previously owned a TE1A - in fact, it was the very first engine I attempted "restoration" on - I sold it, shamefacedly, a few years ago. This one was a freebie! It came to me, along with a little Minor 1, from the same gentleman I bought my Mersey 54R from....he'd contacted me saying he had a few "bits" surplus to requirement, did I want them? Oh yes I did! Thank you very much Mark A.!

And rather nice it is......it is the '68-'72 model with the turned brass whistle and the TE1-type canopy. It's in fine shape, a few bits of paint loss here and there and the whistle is soldered into the bush, but apart from that it's good as gold - all it needed when I got it was a bit of a clean, to get rid of the oil it had been quite rightly wiped over with before storage. A kind member of the Forum donated the spring and steering rod (Thank you Griffin), and I found a suitable used scuttle on eBay for next to nothing - the vap lamp I already had.

As befits a Mamod of this type and age, it runs really, really well......with the spring off the flywheel cranks up some pretty amazing revs, and the little engine has plenty of power to send the TE1A off down my kitchen at a real rate of knots. Tremendous fun, and I'm delighted to have this engine back in my collection!

Mamod SR1


This superb SR1 is from around 1965 and was sold to me a a knock down price by my good friend Griffin. This model has beautiful shiny aluminium rollers rather than the later mazak ones. It also has the orignal box, burner and rods, and is in perfect cosmetic and mechanical condition - runs like a dream.

Below is a video of the three mobiles in action:

Mamod SL3 "Clinton"


This loco is named after my mate and brother-in-steam Clinton Taylor

A very special case! This once was a standard Mamod SL3......I found it on ebay as a rad sad pile of bits, with lots of cosmetic and structural damage. I decided to go for broke in the rebuild and modified it with a silver soldered boiler, pressure gauge, improved pistons and cylinders, steel wheels, a displacement lubricator and a gas burner, all from Dream Steam, a new forward reverse valve from PPS and to top it off, loads of cosmetic additions from Dream Steam, and nameplates from loco-plates.co.uk
The result is a highly controllable powerhouse of a loco that outperfroms anything in its class......an absolute joy to fire and run.

SL3 with Dream Steam mods


This is a standard SL3 loco, modified with upgrade parts from Dream Steam.....Dream Steam is a small mailorder company who specialise in parts and upgrades for the Mamod loco range, and I can't recommend them highly enough. This loco has been fitted with steel wheels, a needle valve regulator (which allows for much better steam control), and uprated safety valve and a water topup valve. It was also fitted with a high capacity meths burner made by fellow forum member Gremlin. It is a pretty flawless performer, and with the upgrades it is capable of pulling a heavy rake of coaches, see the video below.

The Flying Pig


The "Flying Pig" (so called because they said it never would) was cobbled together out of a rusty MEC1 Mamod/Meccano engine, some bits of Meccano from my bits box and a direct drive belt made out of O ring material - to my own astonishment it runs very well indeed! I fitted it with some Alan Briggs nameplates, and this little thing became a huge crowdpleaser, pulling in fascinated onlookers at the Steam Toys Lincolnshire fair (although that may have something to do with the tall Dutchman crawling around shouting "Go Pig!!!!!")