Original gear
Got the original gear on this one!

Light use
A bit dirty but in great condition


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20th July 2008

Didn’t we have a lovely time the day we went to Bangor…

The second 1929 steam engine as found in its original box

…Well almost, Anglesey actually. It all started a couple of weeks ago. I received an e-mail via the feedback form on the website from a chap in Anglesey who had rediscovered his Meccano during the clearance of his late mother’s house. Amongst it was a 1929 steam engine. After doing a google search he was directed to my website, amongst others, and got in touch. To cut a long story short, I agreed to swap the afore mentioned Meccano and steam engine for a fair quantity of pound notes.


Hmmm... Deal done, me in London, said Meccano in Anglesey. To save you all rushing to Google maps, give or take a bit, that’s a 500 mile round trip. “Sue, fancy a trip to North Wales next week?” after a bit of journey planning the trip was on. A pleasant drive up through Wales taking in the scenery on the Friday with a Little Chef breakfast on the way. Arrive at Anglesey by lunch time for a pub nosh before getting to the Meccano at the prescribed time of 3PM.  Had a good long chat with Dave, the man with the Meccano, and set off back to Ironbridge to get to our favourite B&B to drop off our bags before walking to the ‘Jockey’ for supper and a pint.

As usual we couldn’t leave the stuff in the car so before supper a rummage through the latest haul revealed some interesting bits and pieces including a brass hook that I did not realise was a Meccano part. A similar hook is featured in the article by Frank W Weber, describing his model of the Deutz tractor in the June 2008 issue of Constructor Quarterly (CQ 80). On reading the article the hook is not mentioned and I just assumed it was a ‘compatible’ part. To find one in a box of Meccano that dates from the 1930’s suggests it was originally a Meccano part. Can somebody tell me its origins?

After a nights stay and yet another cooked breakfast, we decide that as it is not the nicest day of the year, we will point the recycled Swedish fridge to London and get on the road home.

Another Steam engine
The oiler was attached and complete

The new engine is duly unpacked and photographed in its ‘as found’ state. I posted a couple of pictures on the Spanner II list and at my NZMeccano Gallery last night. Geoff Brown confirmed that the oiler you can see in the photographs is a Bowman oiler. I also understand it was available, at the time, for one shilling (5p). You will also see from the photograph that this is the type with the transfer ‘Meccano’ name applied to the boiler cover as opposed to the embossed name subsequently adopted.

COMING SOON - The 1929 gallery, a collection of Facts, theories, photographs and interesting links relating to the 1929 steam engine... 

...If you have any information that you would like me to include contact me here OK, that’s enough travelling and collecting, now it is time to do some building…


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Original funnel and could this be the original wick?

Small Hook
Meccano hook. I am not sure of its orign - can you help?....
Thanks to Spanner II I now know that this is a train coupling part No. 121