Chiltern Model Steam provides a range of live steam model (miniature) steam engine kits, fully machined, that can be easily assembled into fine examples of the sort of engineering that powered the industrial revolution.
They are much more than toys as when assembled the engines are fully working and can be used, for example, standalone or to power a model boat.
The models can be run using live steam or simply using compressed air from foot or hand pumps.
We hope that customers, young and young at heart, will enjoy assembling the models and find it an educational experience.
See our Educational pages on the history of steam engines, how they work and how they are made.
"The beam engine... what can I say. It’s perfect.... thank you for creating such a wonderful, “affordable” model! I say affordable, because in the past, I’ve looked at the Stuart Beam engine, and without Lathes and mills etc to machine the rough casting, it’s out of reach of the novice engineer... until I met you and your products" - IanL on buying the Beam Engine
"WOW what a beautiful piece of engineering can’t wait to see it running." - RobJ on buying Mill Single
"The mill engine arrived tonight, and I can only say BRILLIANT!! Im so pleased with the engine, and will look at it properly in daylight. Packaging superb, your service has been exemplary plus you are such a nice person to deal with. "Thanks" barely seems adequate, so a big THANK YOU!!!...., I will be back to order a twin mill engine :)" - StewartK on buying Mill Single
We hope all our customers and their families stay safe and well during the current crisis.
From 1st January 2021 customers in the European Union will have to pay import duty/tax (VAT) on items purchased from UK. Chiltern Model Steam is not VAT registered so VAT cannot be claimed back.
See our new Inverted V Twin Engine, Bitsa Twin, Pump Package, Twin Cylinder Beam, Half Beam or Grasshopper, Marine Twin (Long), Quad (four) Cylinder Mill Engine and Quad (four) Cylinder Marine Engine Fully Machined Kits. Also available shortly the Compound Twin Marine engine kit.
Our most popular, the Horizontal 3 1/2inch boiler will shortly be back in stock. We will also shortly hold a stock of 5 inch and Vertical 3 1/2" boilers. Our great value packages; Live Model Steam Engine, mount, steam and gas pipes now with 3 1/2inch Horizontal and Vertical or 5inch boilers.