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Midland Models Trojan


This is the only model I know of made by Midland Models. The engine unit was also supplied to SEL who sold it under their name as the SEL 1560. In turn, SEL sold their surplus stock to Mamod for use in their ME3.

The horizontal boiler is 5.25" long x 2" diameter and has a pair of Babcock style water tubes underneath. It is fired by a rather dangerous looking 4 wick meths burner; the meths tank is mounted above the level of the wick holders! The boiler is fitted with a filler plug, a safety valve and a steam take-off. There is no water level indication. Steam is fed via a displacement lubricator to the back of the engine port face. The single acting oscillating cylinder is 7/16" bore x 1/2" stroke.

As acquired, the boiler was fitted with a bolt for the filler plug (not original and wrong thread anyway). The safety valve was blocked and siezed solid, apparently glued, possibly deliberately. I bought a new safety valve and modified the old one to replace the filler plug. I don't trust the burner, which is also blocked (also deliberately?) so I'm firing it with a Mamod burner.

Make Midland Models
Model Trojan
Made 1947-50
Description Marine engine
Cylinders 1
Cylinder Type single acting
Piston Diam mm 11
Stroke mm 13
Valve Type Oscillating cylinder
Boiler Type Horizontal
Boiler Diam mm 51
Boiler length/height mm 135
Fuel Meths
Mechanical Condition good
Cosmetic Condition Fair
Paintwork Original?
Purchased 28/8/2017
Purchase cost 193.09
Additional spend 19