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Default Small working steam engines.

I have 3 small cast iron steam engines and they were used for working small items back in the day. These are not toys, but used for sewing machines and such. Is there a book or website out there that shows small working steam engines instead of toys? Here are pictures of the three engines im talking of.
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Not that I know of, as I have said in the past. There were a number of companies that sold castings and plans for the local machine shop to finish out and install on the item that needed to be driven.
Some where sold by the ads in the trades magazine/newspapers of the day. Some were sold by the equipment machine suppliers of the day. Same problem with a the slight variations of the Cretors peanut roasting engines that he purchased from the local machine shops when his wagons started selling faster than he could make the parts.
And not all unlabeled engines of the time period were used by other brands of popcorn wagons. As there were wind up and spring driven peanut roaster barrels drivers and that cranked the popcorn roaster arm.
Some of the ads were in the city directories of the day. Either of the castings or the completed ready to mount engines.

They converted from the all the other forms of drive on the wagons and carts, as soon as the locations got electricity. The Cretor's engine and the roasty-toasty man cranking the glass drum filled with popcorn where always an attention getting device for the hook to draw customers up to the wagon/cart.

There are a number of fake Cretor's style engines out there. They were made for the Marvellis works popcorn wagons, made for George Ellis in the mid to late 80's Till George died. And the company was sold.
they are driven by an electric motor under the shelf. The cylinder is solid. There are the same type that are used on the Pearson wagons. These were required for the units in and at Disney locations, malls, and hotels. Here in Canada and Europe. As no steam or open flames can be used according to the fire codes.
They are from the plans and castings of the old Briesch's Cretor's full size engine.

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Nice looking engines there .

One similar to the one in the first picture just sold a few days ago on eBay for $973.00 with 39 bids.

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