Unique Model Shop

| March/April 1985

WHAT'S NEW IN THE WORLD OF STEAM IN ENGLAND? At least a partial answer is furnished in these articles by Gerry Lestz, following the visit he and his wife Margaret made to London after last Thanksgiving. Each article deals with a separate facet of steam. Further information is planned for a subsequent issue of IMA.

A shop which is unique in the world, so far as we know, is 'Steam Age', selling model locomotives, traction engines and marine engines in London, England.

Pictured is a 1922 Burrell road locomotive. The photo was sent to us by Jack Brady of 53 Lower Fold, Marple Bridge, Stockport, SK6 5DU, England.

Sue O'Connor, a cheerful young woman who can discuss engines and their components with the best in the field, is managing partner. She is associated with the widow of the former owner.

Margaret and I knew of the shop for some years, so when we made a journey to London last November, this was on the agenda. For steam collectors, knowing of it is very important. Sue receives overseas telephone calls daily, from the U.S., Japan and other countries.

The day of my visit, Miss O'Connor was elated with the recent arrival of a new catalog for Maxwell Hemmens Precision Steam Models. She had every reason to be. The photos in the catalog show handsome models of locomotives, traction engines, marine engines, boilers for marine engines and stationary plants, and stationary engines and stationary plants.