Some Wilesco Steam Toys in detail

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A closer look at some of the technical details of these engines

Wilesco D22 twin
A superb new Wilesco D22 has joined the collection
A solid fuel fired D22 - brand new in December 2015
A solid fuel fired D24 by Wilesco
A mighty Wilesco D24 and MLI dynamo

The double acting cylinder arrangement of a D405 traktor - technically superior to the Mamod

A brand new Wilesco D14 overtype engine

Simulated brickwork on the D455 and D14 fireboxes

The D405s clutch arrangement and steam regulating set up

The D405 traktor which has been made since the early 1980s, it maybe lacks the charm of the comparative Mamod TE1a, but techincally is superior in its use of a double acting cylinder and a simple clutch mechanism for the drive. It also boasts working steering via chains, just as in real practice. The finish is good and the engine has a very pleasing look. The engine is almost identical to the 'Old Smoky' roller, save for the front perch bracket and rolls. Both models are still made today, a number of variations can be obtained using black and brass or all brass finish. A number of other special one offs have been made over the years including the black and red tractor in the Massey Ferguson colours.

Detail of the D455s engine frame and exhaust collector tray

A comparison of the D405 and 1965 Mamod TE1

The Wilesco range of engines are sometimes dismissed by less knowledgeable collectors as inferior to the Mamod range, a totally wrong assumption, basically based on prejudice to anything which is not English rather than any informed technical position. Granted the TE1a's and SR1a always get my vote in the charm department, after all I grew up with them, but over the years I have learned to admire the Wilesco range as a whole - for its imaginative and cohesive designs as well as its ability to pack into a model the sort of technical features that Mamod only now just seem to be fitting, double acting pistons for example. The mobile range consists of the Traktor, Roller and the superb showmans engine (which beats the ungainly Mamod version hands down). There are also a few other mobiles in the range such as the locomobile, a ludicrous portable steam engine contraption! All in all I would recommend any serious toy steam collector of any standing to have at least one or two in their collections.

The clever slip eccentric used on all but the oscillating cylinder type Wilesco engines

The TE1 and D405 drive trains

Mamod and Wilesco cylinder/piston assemblies