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Mamod TE1

c1965




The TE1 is Mamod's most popular model, with around half a million made in it's various versions. This one is a 1965 version of the TE1, a couple of years after the model was first introduced, after nuts and bolts were replaced by pop rivets but before the TE1A was introduced.

It has a small vapourising meths burner, fitted into the "scuttle" so that the rear end of it's handle can act as a towing hook. The burner sits in the traditional Mamod black and chrome firebox at the rear end of the boiler.

The green boiler is longer than the similar one on the roller and wagon. The inside dimensions are, however, the same; the extra length being blanked off at the front end. This void is open to the smoke box and this fact is taken advantage of by fitting the throttle (in line with the exhaust pipe) to this front section so that the steam issues up the chimney. A standard 1/4" safety valve and a rotary valve type whistle are also fitted. It has a water level plug in the rear end. Boiler dimensions are 1 3/4" diameter x 6" overall length (including the void).

The engine is a single acting oscillating cylinder, with no reverse control. The cylinder is 5/16" diameter x 3/4" stroke. The flywheel drives one of the rear wheels directly through a drive band located in a groove in the outer circumference of the wheel.

The front axle is pivoted centrally, with a rod protruding up through the chimney, enabling an extension rod to be fitted for steering. The whole body is covered by a full length cream coloured canopy, attached to wire supports at the rear end and attached to the top edge of the chimney at the front end.

General condition is good for it's age. It is all, as far as I can see, original paintwork and fittings. Apart from cleaning off some lime scale and treating the worst of the rust (mostly on the water level plug), I have not done any restoration work on this engine.

Make Model Made Description Cylinders Cylinder Type
Mamod TE1 1965 Traction Engine 1 Single acting
Piston Diam mm Stroke mm Valve Type Boiler Type Fuel Mechanical Condition
8 19 Oscillating Cylinder Horizontal Meths Good
Cosmetic Condition Paintwork Packaging Purchased Purchase cost Additional cost
Fair Original Box 10/3/2007 62.00