I have collected Mamod steam engines since I was a boy, I got my first
engine, and SR1a Steam Roller in 1973, since then I have aquired many over the years - I mainly concentrate on wick-type/early
vapourising type burner stationary engines made between 1954 and 1970 as well
as some of the rarer mobiles such as the TE1 and SR1.
Having collected these wonderful
toys for over thirty years I have amassed a varied selection of engines, the earliest being a 1937 SE4 and the latest
being an unfired SE1a dated September 1978.
The build quality of present day engines is a little lacking when
compared to the better quality and workmanship of the engines built over 50 years ago, as the latest SPs demonstrate.
models are built more for adult collectors than young children, the range is very biased towards the mobile steam engines,
the stationary range is very much reduced although the Malins inspired SP4 and SP2 are still available - the recent SP5 is
a mere shadow of the orignal SP5 of 1979 - stripped of everything to offset the cost of a motor/dynamo. The new SP6 and SP7
models with the latest (for Mamod!) piston valves are capable performers, but somehow the grace and charm of the Malins designs
is not there (just see the new piston valved TE and SR). The new SP8 James Watt beam engine marks a real return to form, as
this is a very well priced toy beam engine with either solid fuel or gas heating. A brave move by the company which deserves
commending on this move. Newer additions to the steam marine engines as well as locos ensure that the company's products
are breaking into new ground once more.