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SEL 1530 'Junior'


The "Junior" was the second in size of SEL's range of stationary engines. It has much in common with the rest of the range (like the gold painted brasswork and the same high quality workmanship) but is simpler than the Standard and Major. It has one cylinder which is mounted on a simple bare metal (aluminium?) bracket and it has no lubricator or whistle. The meths burner is a standard SEL single wick meths type.

This example has the slightly less common red base. It is a combination of parts from two engines, using the best from each.

I have a copy of an original "SEL/Merit" catalogue containing this engine and I quote:

Export Code No. 302
Boiler capacity : 87 c.c. Piston stroke : 3/8". Single type burner. Very powerful action. Packed in printed carton. Height : 4 1/2". Dimensions of base : 4 1/8" x 3 3/4". Nett weight : 1lb. 2 1/2 ozs

As befits a traditional British product, all the dimensions are in imperial units - except the boiler capacity, which is in metric! I wonder why. The bottom picture on the left is taken from this catalogue.

The Boiler is 3 3/8" long x 1 1/2" diameter. The cylinder is 7/32" bore x 3/8" stroke.

Make Model Made Description Cylinders Cylinder Type
SEL 1530 Junior c1950s? Stationary 1 Single acting
Piston Diam mm Stroke mm Valve Type Boiler Type Fuel Mechanical Condition
5.5 9.5 Oscillating Cylinder Horizontal Meths Good
Cosmetic Condition Paintwork Packaging Purchased Purchase cost Additional cost
Good Original? Box 6/12/2005 36.01