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Wilesco D5

Late 1950's



There isn't much to say about this little toy. The D5/D6 hasn't changed much over the years so it's difficult to date it. It's almost identical to the modern version but without the glass window in the end of the boiler. I've been told that the style of the burner and the patent number stamped on it's bottom indicate that it's late 50's. The model number, apparently, started as D5 but later changed to D6, with the kit version being designated D5. This example appears to be the earlier version, before the name change.

The D5 is near the bottom end of Wilesco's range. A very simple engine with a single-acting oscillating cylinder, 7mm diam. x 22mm stroke. It has a simple boiler, 45mm diam. x 94mm with no indication of water level, a typical Wilesco (rather fancy looking) whistle and a bog standard safety valve and that's it. The burner is a standard Wilesco solid tablet type.

The chimney was missing on mine when I acquired it but I have since fitted a new one. It is purely decorative; not even the steam exhaust goes up it.

Make Model Made Description Cylinders Cylinder Type
Wilesco D5
Stationary 1 Single acting
Piston Diam mm Stroke mm Valve Type Boiler Type Fuel Mechanical Condition
7 20 Oscillating Cylinder Horizontal Tablets Good
Cosmetic Condition Paintwork Packaging Purchased Purchase cost Additional cost
Good Original
6/9/02 26.00 6.50