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Old 07-22-2014, 10:26:39 AM
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Many years ago as a small child my Dad bought me a used Empire steam engine toy...I inadvertently traded it off to a kid and my Dad blew his top..never felt right so as an adult felt I'd "make amends" by replacing the engine I'd traded off...I got to get rid of E bay!! This is worse than the flywheel engine disease which also struck our household
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Old 07-22-2014, 10:31:09 AM
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You are not alone! In my case, my older brother claimed that it was his.
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WARNING - Small iron disease can be worse than collecting big iron! More nooks and crannies to stuff small engines in. My dad gave me a mamod oscillating engine for a birthday present. The first thing I did was to take it apart to see how it worked (boiler didn't fare so well) He was really mad for about a week, when I showed him that I had re-configured the engine and boiler to fit in a model paddle wheel boat I had designed my self. He wasn't so mad then, but complained that I was using too many Esbit (fuel) tablets! To remedy that I re-designed the boiler heating tray to accept a big wad of cotton dryer waste, and then used denatured alcohol for fuel. I still have the boat and engine!
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LOL yep first sign of the addiction coming back LOL I still got my old Wisco (sp) from a xmas present in the early 60,s might have to dig that out one day, I think I lost the little valve that shuts it off though, Mom didnt like the smell of the tablets that fueled it in the house!! I think if I remember it was made in Germany... And I wanted the little dynamo and other neat stuff that you could run with it , money was to tight back then, would have been a good investment though for the prices they go for....
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So tell me Mr Kern, how many more do you need to complete the whole set? Very impressive so far. Was there a catalog they printed?
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Thanks for the compliment...There is a collector of Empire engines (won't tip his info) that got wind of my collection and spend quite a bit of time talking and cataloging things and with the exception of 3 Empires and a few others they are part of his collection..he claims to have the entire line from before they were Empire through the end of their production.. At one point I has over 130 engines and related accessories and believe I had all but one of the prototype engines (one showed up on Ebay about 4 or 5 years ago and I bid way more than it was worth...and someone else wanted it more so they got it. There were many variations of the basic model numbers through the years and it was difficult to keep up...I had a complete catalog of all the engines and accessories and it also included Metalware's line of child toys...little girls kitchen appliances like ovens, stoves, etc...Metalware was a huge toy maker...check Ebay for Empire engines and Metalware corp toys...they are on there a lot...folks are going nuts with asking prices and the stuff doesn't sell...example...the true going price for a really nice model 43 steam engine (the most often seen one) is normally about $100 for a good one in running condition...E bay sellers are asking #150-200 starting bids and they just sit over and over...a twin which is the rarest of the steam engines recently sold for over $800 which was amazing..and no guarantee it worked...My twin shown in the pictures was original, working and near mint...I paid something like $300 for it and when it sold as part of the collection we figured it at $450 which was a bunch...$800 is nuts. The ferris wheel and the windmill/pump jack are the most desirable of the toys and I always felt my "hot air" engine (in my pics..it has the fins) was the rarest of the rare...only seen one other besides the one I had..it was the cornerstone of the collection I sold off.

There is a catalog around for Metalware toys...they show on E bay now and then...there were several collectors and parts sources that were around for years but I think they have either died off or just not involved any more...don't know of any Empire parts or information outlets any more.
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Thanks for the info. I noticed the hot air and had never seen one before. I know Weeden also made one (also electric) but again pretty rare.

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So it looks like your dad is still SOL.
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