Other British toy steam engines

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A look at some of the other toy steam engines once made in Britain before and after WW2

Mersey 52R, the Cross engine and the Wilson vertical.
Meccano engine c1930
The Hobbies SE4, May 2014
An unknown overtype, possibly cWW2 and British in origin
A very rare Mastrand Traction Engine, c1940s-50s

A diminutive Mastrand TE from 1940s-50s

An MLI schools steam engine complete with dynamo/generator

Classic English steam toys c1930-1965

A Careast overtype engine c1946

Burnac Vulcans, c1945-49

A Cyldon 13/2 c1946

A rare Cyldon 13/4 c1946-51

Two classic English rarities - a GEM and Luton Bowman PW202
Merit and SEL steam toys c1946-65


A Latimer L5, the bigger brother of the L4

A Plane Productions 'Latimer' L4 in unrestored condition

The Latimer Production Plane L4 is a very charming engine, made in the 1950s by the company based in Teddington, it had a short life. It was  made alongside the bigger L5 which bore a striking resemblance to the Luton Bowman PW203.


The Burnac Vulcan - 1946-49

The afternoon sun shows off the astounding quality of the build on this MM2 twin replica

Like the L4, a charming engine - a Mersey 51 from around 1935-41

The Mersey Model 51 ws the company's smallest steam engine, made from good quality brass and with its characteristic wooden base, even this little fellow cuts a dash today.

E158 and M140 both steaming well...

The engines shown here are just a small part of the variety that was once available to toy steam enthusiasts 70 years ago. Other engines not shown include such rarities made by Castle, Quality, Nellist, Butcher, Wilson, Cross and Swan to name a few more.


A Merit '1540 'Standard' steam engine c1950s