Mamod Stationaries

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A closer look at some of this famous makers stationary steam engines

A drawn/spun boiler MM2 c1949-52
No expense spared restoration of a Hobbies SE4

A very rare Mamod SE2 from c1946 c/w base-mount chimney

A fine group of Mamod SE1s dating between 1954 and 1978

An unusual SE1 from 1949 with a drawn tube type boiler

Mamod flatbase engines c1937-53

Classic Mamod on show at Exeter 2013

A rare boxed Mamod Minor from c1939

Mamod SC2 dating from 1939-46

A very rare mamod SE1 from 1946, in steam

Cast iron bodied tools, among them the recently acquired grinder

Another flatbase SE2 dating from c1952

A very crisp Mamod SE1a from c1970

First and last. SE2a engines from 1967 and 1978.

One of the most desirable Mamods ever - the legendary SE4

SE1 (with a regulator) and an SE2 from c1948

SE1 boiler variations c1946-1978

An advertisement for the SE4 dating from about 1937/38

Mamod SE2 circa 1962

A refurbished 1946 SE1 flatbase

The light shows up the superb craftmanship that went into an SE4

The SEs and SPs . . . 
From its inception in 1937 Mamod have made stationary engines. All were given the SE prefix (SE standing for Steam Engine). Later engines, post 1979, were given the SP prefix (SP standing for Steam Power). The engines first produced in the 1930s were similar to the Hobbies range (and had the same model designation just to confuse!), for which Geoffrey Malins was contracted to until 1939. The engines produced were the SE1, SE2, SE3 and the classic SE4. After the war the SE4 was dropped, along with the single cylindered SE3. From 1946 until 1957 Mamod only produced the SE1 and SE2 (Minors apart), both which went through many incremental inprovements and changes.
1957 saw the introduction of the all new twin cylindered SE3. Again things stayed more or less as that (although the engines altered in design detail) until 1979 when the whole stationary range was redesigned and a new generation of SP engines introduced in the form of the SP1, SP2, SP3, SP4 and SP5.
Today only the SP2, SP4, a redesigned SP5 and a piston-valved SP6/7 remain.

An ad for the Minors and SE4 from c1937-39

Detail of an unused 3-wick spirit lamp from the 1954 SE1

Flatbase or raised base? 
The Mamod stationaries fall into two distinct groups: the flatbases and the raised bases. Any Mamod flat base was made prior to 1954, this is one of the easiest ways to date an engine. After 1954* all engines had pressed steel bases which lifted the hot part of the engine off the surface the engine was resting on. The bases have changed in detail over the years and vary from engine to engine but are all raised. Ever since Malins made their first Mamod engines in 1937 all (until recently) have been drilled to fit Meccano construction sets. Malins never supplied wooden bases as was the option with Bowman engines. All too were painted in various shades of signal red, green was never used (except on a recent SP6 variation for a steam retailer).

There are many other tell tale details which date an engine as to its age depending on flywheel material, engine frame material and design even cylinder and boiler fitting design. I will go into this in greater detail in part two of Mamod Stationaries.

*The Minor No.1 had a raised base as early as c1949.

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An ad for the SE3 dating from c1957 Meccano Magazine

Putting a date on your Mamod mobile or stationary engine