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Major Toys Little Red Injun (fuel fired)

c1950?






I don't know much about this engine or about the maker. As far as I know, they only made one model of steam engine, but with variations; probably due to materials availability. The main variation that I'm aware of is in the method of heating. This one uses a burner; probably meths or Sterno. There is also an electrically heated version. The boiler on this one is steel but I have seen brass ones. There are also minor differences in the base, some having "Red Injun" embossed into it.

The steel boiler is 2 1/8" diameter x 3 1/2" high. It has a combined steam dome and safety valve fitting on the top. The chimney should fit over the SV but is missing. The original burner is missing. The steam feed goes directly to the back of the port face of the oscillating cylinder; which is 3/8" bore x 1/2" stroke. The crank shaft has a disc crank at one end and a 2 1/2" diameter mazac flywheel at the other. The flywheel has been broken at one time and has been repaired with filler.

As acquired, this engine had it's cylinder and piston missing. I've had replacements made quite close to the originals. The steel boiler, unfortunately, is rusted through at the bottom and leaks. It appears to be spot welded to the base so it would be difficult to remove to replace it. For the time being, I've left it as a non-working model. The burner that came with it was probably not original and is now being used elsewhere.

Make Model Made Description Cylinders Cylinder Type
Major Toys Little Red Injun c1950? Stationary 1 single acting
Piston Diam mm Stroke mm Valve Type Boiler Type Fuel Mechanical Condition
9.5 12.7 oscillating cylinder vertical (no flue) Meths/Sterno? Not working
Cosmetic Condition Paintwork Packaging Purchased Purchase cost Additional cost
Good Restored?
6/1/2012 23.00 10.00