In 1935 Bowman had stopped making steam engines so Hobbies Ltd. had to look elsewhere for a supplier. At that time Geoffrey Malins was making brass boat propellers for them and they approached him with a request to produce a range of steam engines. The first Malins built Hobbies engines went on sale in 1936.
In 1937 Geoffrey Malins began to market engines on his own account using a name that would become famous – Mamod. Production ceased in 1940 due to the war but restarted in 1946. Mamod went on to become the largest, and best known British steam toy producer. The Mamod range has expanded over the years and now includes steam powered vehicles and a steam railway system.
From the "Meccano Magazine" December 1960
In 1980 the Malins family connection with the company ended and Mamod has been through a number of ownerships since then.
Manufacture of the Mamod SE2 began in 1936. Production was interrupted by World War II but began again in 1946. In 1967 the SE2 was replaced by the updated SE2a. The design changed a number of times during the models lifetime and this is one of the later versions, dating from the 1960s.
The SE2 has a larger boiler than its stable mate the SE1 and features a speed control.
The twin cylinder SE3 was introduced by Mamod in 1957 and continued in production until their range was totally updated in 1979. This is a fairly early example as the engine mounts are fixed to the base plate with screws, Mamod changed these to rivets around 1967. It also has the early style of connecting rods with integral big ends.
The SE3 was the biggest and most powerful member of the old Mamod range and if ever a steam toy was designed to be played with then this is it. It goes like the proverbial clappers and is enormous fun.
This engine was in sound condition when it was bought, however, it has since been through the "works" for a service and a thorough clean.