Stuart steam engines

Stuart Models: the oldest company in the world still producing model steam engines. The company was established in 1898 by Mr. Stuart Turner.

Stuart Turner was born in 1868 and little is known about his childhood although we do know that his family's ambitions for him did not include becoming an engineer...

Eventually, after a series of other jobs, he gained employment looking after the steam generating plant at Shiplake Court near Henley-on-Thames. In those days mains electricity was rare and therefore most large houses had their own electricity generating plants.

It was while working at Shiplake that Mr. Stuart Turner designed his now famous No.1 Model Steam Engine. He drew up the patterns which he then sent away to be cast.

Stuart live steam No1

On their return he machined and assembled them and soon showed the finished model at a local exhibition. He then approached Percival Marshall the editor of "Model Engineer" magazine who wrote an article about the engine.

The coverage of which bought an immediate response and orders for sets of castings flooded in.

Stuart No. 1

So began the business which has become one of the best known names in model engineering. He went on to produce further designs, and by 1906 there were Nine models in the range. By 1907 more space was needed so premises were rented at Market Place, Henley-On-Thames where the company remained for many years.

A decision was taken in the late 1980s to separate Stuart Turner Ltd. into two separate operations with the larger side of the business making pumps staying at Henley-On-Thames and the Steam Engine section moving to Cheddar in Somerset. In 1991 Stuart Models underwent a change of ownership with the production and sales departments moving to Guernsey.

Since it's move the new owners, well aware of its heritage and reputation, have strove to reintroduce some of the more popular models from the past whilst keeping to the ethics of its founder to make models using only the finest materials and provide the best service possible.


Updated: 28 April 2019

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Comments (4)
Peter - August 15, 2020
Hi all, I have some Stuart steam engines,but still not all. Looking for some for my collection. Regards Piet
Ken - May 12, 2020
I have recently bought the BB engine advertised on ebay and shown on your site. The crankcase and cover is made of brass (or similar alloy) and not of aluminium as all the other BB engines I have seen. Does this mean it is an early model? I would love to know more about this engine.
Sorry for the late reply. I have no idea Ken, I saw a BB on eBay quite recently (take a look here: Stuart Steam BB. There are some Facebook groups dedicated to model steam engines, and a forum like so you could maybe join these collectors and ask them.
Bob - April 13, 2020
I just completed the 10v... Great quality kit... I'me interested in more kits.
Mscallan - September 14, 2010
I have this beam engine, that was found in a old barn I was told it was a 1956-57 model. what is i'ts value and where can i get it restored, i have no patience to do it myself.