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Meccano Carriage

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The current range of Meccano electric motors are small DC types designed to run on domestic batteries. These are low-torque high-speed "can" motors. These are inexpensive and suitable for small models that a child might construct from the standard range of sets. Adult enthusiasts tend to use a wider range of high-performance motors that are better suited to powering large models. During Meccano's heyday, the electric motors available were universal wound (for use on DC or AC supplies) that were called the MECCANO MOTOR M-Series in the 1970s, these were electric motors range varied from 3 Volts to the E20R 20 Volts Electric Reversible Motor depending on the motor model, they became better known as the M1, M3 M5 Electric Motors. Particularly well known were the E020, E20R and E15R universal motors, and issued after the Second World War. These could be run from a mains Meccano Transformer No.T20 1 AMP 20 Volts Set or, in the case of the E15R, a 12V car battery. Earlier there had been short-lived (and potentially lethal) mains motors designed for DC mains with a domestic lightbulb in series to drop the voltage, followed by motors of the post-War pattern but wound for 4.5 or 6V DC and suited to lead/acid accumulator power. These, as well as the latter accumulator are now rare if in good condition.
For many years, live steam engines were made and sold under the Meccano brand, although they were not made by Meccano. Earlier examples were just vertical steam engines, typical of the time, sold under the Meccano name. The first to be specially designed for Meccano was introduced in 1928. This was a vertically boilered engine in a chassis designed to facilitate it being integrated into Meccano models. From 1965 to 1976, Mamod made a steam engine for Meccano, the design of which was based on the 1928 version, with a similar chassis but using a standard Mamod horizontal boiler and engine parts. The model had no official model number, being known simply as the Meccano steam engine. However, it has since become generally known as the MEC1. Even after it was no longer being sold under the Meccano name, Mamod continued to manufacture the same model (with minor differences) until 1985, under their own name with the model number SP3.

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Andysnapper 10 109 25 England
13 Aug 2014 6:24AM
Excellent, I used to have tons of meccano.


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NDODS 7 5.1k 125 United Kingdom
13 Aug 2014 7:36AM
I loved Meccano as a kid, thanks for taking me back to those wonderful days..

Regards Nathan GrinGrinGrin
13 Aug 2014 8:13AM
A real blast from the past here, Dave!
Meccano was/is an exceptional educational toy which taught children patience as well as practical and engineering 'know how' - it also made them realise that some things took time to make/develop and didn't always happen instantly.
The model reminds me of the Cliff Railway at Bridgnorth.

franken Plus
15 4.6k 4 United Kingdom
13 Aug 2014 8:33AM
Brings back a lot of memories - excellent!

Richsr 11 91 223 England
13 Aug 2014 8:55AM
Meccano a very collectable toy now
Thanks for memory jog of what fun it was to create with
13 Aug 2014 9:25AM
Super image & fine memories of meccano creations when I was a KidSmile
Well taken

Mollycat Plus
4 11 2 United Kingdom
13 Aug 2014 10:55AM
That brings back loads of memories, no electrics in the days of my Meccano building, just pulleys and wheels. And supply your own string. Great to see Dave.
13 Aug 2014 12:02PM
This is wonderful. I love Meccanno , shame kids don't play with it. Much better than a game boy anyway
A super shot and very interesting write up Dave
Patty Smile
mikbee 11 3 8 Scotland
13 Aug 2014 12:31PM
I loved my Meccano set when I was a kid Dave.
And it even got rusty too !!
A colourful shot.
13 Aug 2014 9:16PM
Loving this series Dave. Great shot. Cathy
A wonderful image Dave.. childhood memories ay.

lynette Grin
18 Aug 2014 2:31PM
My big brother used to have those Meccano things a few years ago ( 50 ?)- -- Memories , memories ........ GrinGrinGrin Jukka.

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