Rare Wilesco R200 Atomic Plant Steam Engine
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Rare Wilesco R200 Atomic Plant Steam Engine:
Super rare find is this Wilesco R200 Atomic Plant Steam Engine! Wilesco ran production of these steam engines for a few years. These were available in stores in the period between 1958 and 1968 with very low sales, due to the fact that people was scared of anything with the word 'Atomic' on it, as it was associated with the Atomic Bomb. The Cold War was raging on during those days, the 'Missile Crisis', the Berlin Wall and the arms race between the East and West was the note of the day. Shelters, to survive atomic attacks, were being built in the USA and Europe in preparation for war, in fact, we were this close to have one! There was nothing wrong, in terms of functionality, safety or quality with this steam engine. It just came out, to the market, on the wrong period in history, so Wilesco quit producing them in short time. Atomic Energy proved to be unpopular at the time. As of today, they are very scarce and difficult to find in good condition and this one is better than most you will see available. Still has a Gimbels Dept store label on the bottom. Appears to be missing a capand a plastic piece of the plug is broken off. Clean everywhere. It warmed up when I plugged in end but I have no idea how to operate it so I unplugged it. I assume it runs. Found with the pictured box and parts as shown.
On Jun-23-13 at 10:47:47 PDT, seller added the following information:
June 23, 2013 With the aid of a You tube video, I figured it out (Thanks) ....... she's running good! Heats up quickly! Motor runs, whistles, and steams!