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British manufacturers of live steam models since 1937
The 2015 edition of the Saddle Tank is slightly different from the traditional designs that have served Mamod in good stead over the years.
Adjustments made for this model will continue as the blueprint for all future Saddle Tanks. The decision to go with this style of engine moving forward has been driven by the success of the Diamond Jubilee engine. Mamod explains that it wanted to create a more permanent feature after the demand for the limited edition version had exceeded its supply.
So what is different about the 2015 Saddle Tank? In Mamod's own words the train looks "different, unusual" but it is something which will appeal to a wider audience – something it has been looking to achieve in recent years.
The design process was not as complicated as for other engines, namely the Telford, as the chassis and boiler have a similar layout to the tried and tested Mark II Saddle Tank. Taking elements from previous versions, Mamod was able to create this new engine.
It was not without its problems, however and the company encountered difficulties producing the curved shape of the saddle tank cover. Engineers needed to create the covers by hand and manipulated the shape by a hand drill. The upside of this is that every single Mamod model has received the unique attention of a company engineer.
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