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Cameo Steam Engine

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Colin Laker refers to this engine as "the Cameo steam engine", which begs the question, was Cameo the name of the company or the model? Perhaps both. It's a close copy of the Bowman M158 but differs in many details. Unfortunately, I don't have an M158 in my collection for direct comparison.

The boiler is 103mm long x 45mm diameter and made of brass. It has a safety valve and chimney but no other fittings. The meths burner is a circular mesh vapourising type. Steam exits through a pipe in the bottom of the boiler but doesn't pass through the flame. The pipe terminates in a compression fitting on the back of the port face.

The oscillating cylinder is 10mm bore x 19mm stroke and is single acting. The piston is connected to a simple bent rod type crank. The crankshaft has a 38mm diameter solid brass flywheel and an 8 tooth pinion gear between the frames, and an 11mm diameter pulley outside the frame. The pinion gear engages with a 56 tooth gear, giving a 7:1 reduction ratio. The 56 tooth gear is fitted on a second shaft, which also has an 11mm diameter pulley.

The whole is mounted on a flat steel base with Meccano standard holes around the edge (rather inaccurately drilled!)

At the time of writing, I have not yet tested the engine but the previous owner says it's in working order. It might work on air but I doubt it on steam. The safety valve spring needs replacement. Cosmetically, it's not good, with obvious signs of repair and rather poor soldering.

Make Cameo
Model ?
Date Made ?
Description Stationary
Cylinders 1
Cylinder Type Single acting
Bore mm 10
Stroke mm 19
Valve Type Oscillating cylinder
Boiler Type Horizontal
Boiler Diam mm 45
Boiler length/height mm 103
Fuel Meths
Mechanical Condition ?
Cosmetic Condition Poor
Paintwork Original?
Packaging Cardboard box
Purchased 5/10/2022
Purchase cost 96.50
Additional spend