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The man who started with a set of castings made to his own design, that was the No.1. Following interest he advertised in the 1901 edition of the Model Engineer magazine. And so it began. Over the years he introduced new engines, not just to expand the range but after careful analysis it is clear that he evolved the range to increase the capabilities. He soon outgrew his original works and moved to Henley.
I have been collecting and refurbishing Stuart Turner's engines, bringing them back to life, some for my collection and others to release into the wild.

> Real engines in miniature, not toys!

I will, over time detail all of Stuart Turner's steam engines. Including specifications, descriptions, design analysis and the evolution. Using information from historical documents.
Many of the engines have similar features and are evolutions of previous engines, I do not intend to bore you with repetition so will fully detail the first and cover the changes in subsequent designs.

Why Stuart Turner engines and not the plethora from other manufacturers, Bing, Stephens, Mamod, etc... Well it's simple really, the are real engines in miniature, not toys. Each is based on a real engine design often optimised for the small scale.

I hope you find this web site interesting, I am also working on an E-Book that will cover more detail.

I have included an article from the SIMEC magazine covering Stuart's history its on the ST History page

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I do not work for stuart models, i am just a huge fan.
To purchase the fantastic models please go to Stuart's website, they sell raw casting, machined kits and fully constructed working examples.

Steve Allen

I am still researching information, one of the things i am still trying to find out is exactly when each engine was released, so if you have any old stuart catalogues please send methe date and a list of the engines included so I can fill in the missing gaps.


I have been collecting photos of Stuart engines for over 10 years and have ammassed over 5,000. Unfortunately I have no idea exactly where i got the from.
I am using them on this website for illustrative purposes.
If you are the copyright holder on any of them, please let me know so that I may attribute or remove them as you wish.

As the site grows, due to the large number of engines, I may reorganize the site structure.
Please link only to the home page as linking to any other my cause your bookmark / favourite link to break.

Also please let me know if you spot any misteeks.
(striving for perfection often requires a lot of help)

I am constantly looking for information.
Trying to track down information such as the release dates of engines is difficult, purchasing catalogues is getting expensive.
If you have any information you could contribute I would appreciate it greatly.
Useful things are pictures from catalogues, adverts, articles, in fact anything will be useful.
One thing in particular, if you have a catalogue that has the first mention of an engine, I would appreciate a photo of the page so that I can setup the detail page in similar format.
To this end I have set up a DropBox folder with public access.
You can follow the link before and copy files to the folder. Please let me know if you deposit any files on the email below.


Model Engineer Article (1st reference to Stuart Turner 1901)
The accompanying photograph illustrates a new steam engine recently designed by Mr SM Stuart Turner, engineer, Shipton, Henley-on-Thames to suit those requiring a reliable motor of small power. Although of light weight - 18 LBS finished, including a heavy boxbed and flywheel, no strength has been sacrificed.
We are informed that the engine from which our photograph has been taken has been thoroughly tested and 1/4 b.h.p was easily obtained at 1000 revs per minute at 50 lbs. steam pressure. The cast-iron parts are guaranteed to be soft and sound, ample metal being left for machining. The gun metal parts have large area, the bearings and crank brasses are left solid, so that they can easily be machined and drilled out this avoiding the troublesome operation of setting for boring. The crankshaft, connecting rod, piston and crosshead and eccentric rod, are of the best cast steel, of a specially solid quality, and being cast accurately to shape require very little machining. One particular feature of the set is that the whole of the machine work can be done on a 3in lathe, the only part requiring the use of the gap being flywheel, and this will double be appreciated by amateurs possessing a small lathe only. The engine is shown without reversing gear but castings for this can be supplied at small extra cost. continuous lubricating fittings can be arranged to suit any particular purpose. A special eccentric strap and pump castings can be supplied when required. If required for launch work the weight can be reduced over 25 per cent by omitting the boxbed and using a disc in place of flywheel. Sample finished engine has been submitted for inspection, in which we can commend the sets of casting to those of our readers, who require to build a useful engine at a moderate cost. Mr Stuart Turner will be pleased to reply to any inquiries.
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