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Midland Models Trojan

c 1940s?

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 (with minor modifications). In turn, SEL sold their surplus stock to Mamod for use in their ME3.

The horizontal boiler is 135mm long x approx 50mm 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 (which does not look original), 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 SEL engine port face. The engine is an SEL 1560 with minor modifications to the cylinder and flywheel (it might be an earlier or later version). The engine frame does not have the name SEL engraved in it but I'm sure it is the same engine.

Condition looks good, although I haven't yet tested it at the time of writing this. Paintwork looks original.

Make Midland Models
Model Trojan
Made c 1940s?
Description Marine engine
Cylinders 1
Cylinder Type single acting
Piston Diam mm 12
Stroke mm 13
Valve Type Oscillating cylinder
Boiler Type Horizontal
Boiler Diam mm ~50
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