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crazydoug

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Ebay Toy Solenoid Steam Engine
« on: January 14, 2022, 05:28:22 pm »
This is a recently purchased little toy solenoid engine.  I'm guessing that it is from 1930's to 1950's, maybe older.  I'm sure it's a factory made item, but I have no information as to the manufacturer.  It came with a very nicely made dovetailed stand made to hold the batteries and also a very nice dovetailed box to carry it in.  I don't know if all of this was sold with the engine or if it was built by the owner.  It took a little work, such as cleaning all of the contact surfaces, as these little engines used a connection between the solenoid, the axle, and the speed control as the ground circuit.  This one now runs well on six volts.  It's amazing that something that was sold as a cheap child's toy is still running many decades later!

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