Weeden No. 441 Toy Steam Engine

Description (Brief)
This toy steam engine was manufactured by the Weeden Manufacturing Company of New Bedford, Massachusetts from around 1920-1927. The engine is model number 441, and consists of a cast iron base, steel firebox, and brass boiler. The vertical slide valve engine is attached to a flywheel.
The Weeden Manufacturing Company was founded in New Bedford, Massachusetts by William M. Weeden in the early 1880s, originally producing a variety of tinplate household items. In 1884 it introduced the Weeden No. 1 Steam engine as “a new and great premium for boys” who were subscribers to the Youth’s Companion magazine. Weeden made over a hundred different models of toy steam engines until the company ceased operations in 1952.
Currently not on view
Object Name
toy, steam engine and boiler
date made
ca 1900
Physical Description
cast iron (overall material)
overall: 12 in x 4 3/8 in x 5 1/4 in; 30.48 cm x 11.1125 cm x 13.335 cm
overall - flywheel: 1/4 in x 2 5/8 in; x .635 cm x 6.6675 cm
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Work and Industry: Mechanical and Civil Engineering
Engineering Steam Toys and Models
Engineering, Building, and Architecture
Family & Social Life
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center


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