Geoff's Stuart Steam engine collection

Sidney Marmaduke Stuart Turner (1869ľApril 1938)

After a series of other jobs including an apprenticeship on the Clyde building marine engines, a period at sea and working as an engineer in Jersey (where he installed electricity generating plant), he gained employment in 1897 looking after the steam generating plant at Shiplake Court near Henley-on-Thames, England.

In those days mains electricity was rare and therefore most large houses had their own electricity generating plants.

It was while working at Shiplake that Turner designed his No.1 Model Steam Engine.

He drew up the patterns which he then sent away to be cast. On their return he machined and assembled them and soon showed the finished model at a local exhibition. He then approached Percival Marshall the editor of Model Engineer magazine who wrote an article about the engine. This coverage brought an immediate response and orders for sets of castings flooded in, and a business was established in 1898.

The company is still in business and is probably the best known supplier of quality castings for model steam engines.

Picture below is from the catalogue for 1906

 

Where dates are mentioned in the description, they may not be absolutely accurate, there are many gaps in my collection of catalogues.

Stuart No 7

Certainly for sale in 1904 these are a beautifully proportioned engine, one of the nicest of the Stuart verticals

They have a bore/stroke of 1" and are 71/2" tall

 

7A

Both the 7 and 7A are shown in the 1926 catalogue although the 7A was certainly available from early in 1925

 

Stuart 8

1" bore and stroke this configuration was introduced in 1906 after public demand for a couple of horizontal engines. This design lasted until 1935 when the cross head changed to a cylinder style

 

Stuart 8A

Post 1935 engine with the cylindrical crosshead. Same bore/stroke as No8

 

Stuart 9

Introduced along with the number 8 in 1906,
the No 9 is one of the bigger horizontal engines with a bore and stroke of 11/2"

 

Stuart 10V pre 1933

The 10 series engines were introduced into the cataogue sometime between 1906 and 1915

Starting with the original No1 the vertical engines had a single column and a side support stay as seen on this early 10V

 

Stuart 10V

A later, vertical engine, 3/4" bore and stroke

 

Stuart 10V David
Another later, vertical engine,
3/4" bore and stroke

 

Stuart 10D

3/4" bore and stroke,
these engines are a handed pair

Stuart 10H pre 1933

This one is pre 1935 with the open cross head

 

Stuart 10H

Same engine size as above
but the later crosshead tubular guide

Stuart Score

Twin version of Stuart 10H

 

Stuart S50
This is a model of a typical mill engine from the 19th century. Used in the big cotton mills and many other industrial factories.

The cylinder on the early engines is cast in gunmetal and measures 5/8" bore 11/4" stroke.

The early engines feature a dsic crank wheel

The S50 isn't shown in the 1906 catalogue but appears in the 1926 edition.

S50

A later engine showing the newer style of crank end.

This one is fitted with a set of oilers, a governor and a displacement lubricator

 

Stuart ST

One of the few oscillating engines made by Stuart, this one is an amzing runner.

The cylinder and stand are made from gunmetal and the bore/stroke is 7/16" and the engine is 2 3/8" tall

 

Stuart ST Twin

A twin version of the ST with a reversing mechanism.

Powerful enough to drive a model launch upto about 30"

First listed in 1933 not in the cata;ogue after 1934

Stuart ST Plant

This plant combines a Stuart single ST with a bespoke boiler and fire proof base plate.

The drawn copper boiler is 5 1/2" by 1 3/4" with a super heater and a safety valve. Set to operate at 30 PSI with a single width spirit burner

 

Stuart Victoria

One of the most elegant engines in the Stuart catalogue.

1" bore and 2" stroke the flywheel is 7:" diameter

 

Stuart Beam

Introduced in the early 1950s, not a scale model but a representation of what a beam engine from the early days of steam looked like.
Uses a Watt's parallel motion for the piston drive, best seen running slowly.

Has a 1" bore and 2" stroke and is over 11" tall

 

Stuart Oilfield Pump

Based on pumps used around the world, also knowm as Horse Head Pumps in the USA

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=35zKVhz27hc

 

Stuart Meteor

7/16" bore and stroke
Made for use in high speed boats up to 36"

Available from the early 1930s, withdrawn in 1971

 

Stuart The "New" Simplex

Redesigned for the 1926 catalogue

but gone by 1930.

Features 5/8" bore/stroke, a high speed engine designed with model high speed launches in mind

 

 

Stuart S500 Boiler

A copper boiler designed in the first quarter of the 20th century and still in manufacture late into the last quarter. A sturdy boiler silver soldered and with a superheater. The boiler is designed to run at a max working pressure of 60PSI

 

Stuart 496 Minor Boiler

This boiler was designed to power the
Stuart Meteor marine engine.

A unique construction where the ends of the firebox incorporate the boiler end caps.

Each tube is 6" by 1 1/2" and a working pressure of 60 PSI is stated

 

Stuart Centrifugal pump No1

This pump which is 3" diameter will deliver 120 gph to a height of 10 feet when driven at 3,500 rpm

 

The New Stuart Dynamo Circa 1981

Nominal output at 8,000 rpm is 4 volts 1 amp

 

Original Stuart Dyno

Appears between 1906 and 1926, disappears from cataloguue between 1975 and 1978

Output at 5,000 rpm is 8 volts

 

Stuart Manual Feed Pump

Available in current form from before 1926, still available today in slightly modified form