Weeden No. 48 Toy Steam Engine

Description (Brief)
The Weeden Manufacturing Company of New Bedford, Massachusetts, manufactured this Weeden No. 48 toy steam engine from around 1898 until 1918. The engine has been repainted with a black and orange color scheme. The engine consists of a horizontal boiler with a “walking beam” engine turning the flywheel. The engine is mounted on a cast metal plate that reads “THE WEEDEN.”
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: 9 in x 6 in x 10 1/2 in; 22.86 cm x 15.24 cm x 26.67 cm
boiler-from catalog card: 5 1/2 in x 2 1/4 in; 13.97 cm x 5.715 cm
base-from catalog card: 6 in x 10 1/2 in; 15.24 cm x 26.67 cm
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Engineering Steam Toys and Models
Engineering, Building, and Architecture
Family & Social Life
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Work and Industry: Mechanical and Civil Engineering
Engineering Steam Toys and Models
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Bequest of the Estate of Greville I. Bathe
maker referenced
Maass, Eleanor A.. Greville Bathe's "Theatre of Machines": The Evolution of a Scholar and His Collection
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