Having established himself as a manufacturer of steam boats and engines that were sold under the Hobbies name, Geoffrey Jenkins decided to market engines on his own account. In 1925 he went into partnership with his cousin, Bernard Smart, and set up "Warboys and Smart" to market his own range of steam engines. These engines were built at Dereham and sold under the "Wormar" name and featured a base drilled to be compatible with Meccano.

Wormar Advert.

From the "Meccano Magazine" February 1927

Interestingly the early Warboys and Smart adverisments give various addresses in King Street Luton, all of which were ficticious. Later advertisments more accurately have Dereham as the address.

Production of Wormar engines continued until 1927 when Geoffrey Jenkins launched his Bowman range.

Wormar Model D "Trojan"

Wormar Trojan Steam Engine

In 1927 Warboys and Smart introduced a new, redesigned, range of superheated engines, which were only in production for a very short time. The former "Trojan" was replaced by the new Model D. The main improvement being the introduction of a non-ferrous boiler, the previous "Trojan" had a steel boiler that was very prone to rusting.

Advert for Wormar engine The boiler is enclosed in a brass outer casing and the steam pipe forms a coil under the boiler before exiting the casing and supplying the piston, this provides a degree of super heating.

When I aquired the engine it was very dirty. A good clean revealed that it was in sound condition with most of the original blue paint still on the engine frame. However, the base plate was another matter, quite a lot of the original tin plating had worn away and there was a fair amount of surface rust which needed treating. After treating the rust the base was rubbed down and then sprayed silver. The original burner was not with the engine so a replica will need to be made.

I tried the engine out with a borrowed burner as was very pleased with its peformance, it runs very well indeed.