Get Vendio Gallery - Now FREE! "MAJOR" STEAM ENGINE MODEL SIGNALLING EQUIPMENT LIMITED. This is a rare vintage SEL steam engine, the. It has the original spirit burner but is missing one of the cylinders. This dates back to 1946.
Some surface rust and a solder repair. These are as rare as hens teeth so don't miss out on this one! Towards the end of the war many British firms were looking for ways to diversify away from arms and military manufacture. One such firm was Signalling Equipment Limited, or SEL as it is more commonly known.They had considerable experience in the use of thermosetting plastics and were looking for an outlet for this experience. Technical toys seemed such an area and from about 1946 a far reaching range were produced under the SEL name, including magnetic compasses, Morse code senders, a model lighthouse, traffic lights and railway signals, a shocking coil, telescopes, students microscopes, binoculars, electric motors and of course, steam toys. The latter comprised four stationary engines, 3 single-cylinder models named Minor, Junior and Standard and a twin-cylinder Major, plus a large range of beautifully made workshop machinery. All the engines shared the same size cylinder and flywheel, only the boiler, burner and base plate changing size.
The drawings for the steam engines are known to have been started during 1944, the Minor being dated 26 September 1944, and production probably began in 1947. The engines were unusual in their use of thermosetting plastics for the engine mountings but they were not particularly powerful and the burners were prone to overheating and unexpectedly erupting in flames.(SEE PHOTO'S FOR CONDITION). LENGTH IS 6, 15 cm. We sell a variety of interesting items and to find more please visit my shop. Get Images that Make Supersized Seem Small. Attention Sellers - Get Templates Image Hosting, Scheduling at Auctiva. The item "RARE VINTAGE S.
MAJOR STEAM ENGINE MODEL SIGNALLING EQUIPMENT LIMITED" is in sale since Sunday, September 04, 2016. This item is in the category "Toys & Hobbies\Vintage & Antique Toys\Other Vintage & Antique Toys".you" and is located in Melbourne, VIC. This item can be shipped worldwide.