WEEDEN MOBILE TOY STEAM ENGINES

Weeden Manufacturing made four toy steam mobile engines, two tractors and two steam rollers. Three train locomotives were also manufactured, the Dart, the No.1 Stream Locomotive and the No.2 Steam Locomotive. Several steamboats were also manufactured.

As models sell on Ebay I am now listing the price they sold for, since many factors come into play with items up for auction this can only be taken as a very general value. I will try to give a basic description of the condition from the information on the listing.

WEEDEN Live Steam Fire Engine


Thanks Hal Burchell

Acclaimed as perhaps one of the finest and most desirable toys ever produced, the Weeden Live Steam Fire Engine was introduced in 1894 and produced into 1919. It is 17" long, 6 1/2" wide at rear wheels and stands 11 1/8" high.

A little history on the engine in the photo from Hal Burchell: The fire engine was found under a house during a renovation, was missing a rear wheel, a stack, the surge globe for the pump, and the hoses. The flywheel had to be re-machined; there were other parts missing or badly damaged. A friend of mine fabricated a new stack, used the existing wheel as a pattern and cast a new bronze rear wheel, and trued the flywheel. His wife did the paint job.

cylinder

The engine has 2 cylinders, working on a wrist pin attached to the balance wheel.

pump

The pump is worked from an eccentric on the balance wheel. It has a suction hose with a strainer on the end and a fire hose with a nozzle.
Thanks morningstar970

Ebay Sales

May /17 - Good condition, - 24 bids - 2550.00 USD


WEEDEN No.28 Locomobile


Thanks Ken Trobaugh


Thanks Ken Trobaugh

This one of a kind black model of the No. 28 was on display at the Weeden offices for many years. It was sold to an antique dealer in the early1950's when the Weeden company ceased operations.

It is still in existence today and was part of an auction taking place in December, 2009 where it sold for $1035.00.

The Weeden No. 28 Locomobile was introduced in 1894 and produced into 1901, it was 8 1/2" long X 4" wide. Replicas are fairly common for this model.

Ebay Sales

May /17 - Restored - 18 bids - 802.00 USD

May /10 - Missing parts, needs restoration - 21 bids - 1275.00 USD


WEEDEN No.643


Thanks Dave G.

 

No.643 Engine Thanks Rick M.

643burner

Later style four wick burner.

weeden 643

Early No.643, with spoked flywheel and no whistle, this would be a transition model with the longer firebox.
Thanks Rick M.

 

The Weeden No. 643 tractor was introduced in 1924 and produced into 1937, 8 1/2" long X 4" wide and stands 11 1/2" high. Early models had a spoked flywheel, no whistle and a short firebox with a 2 wick burner.

Ebay Sales of No. 643's

Jan. /12 - Incomplete, missing entire smoke stack - 15 bids - 123.50 USD

Dec./ 11 - Needs restoration, no chain or smokestack - 9 bids - 203.50 USD

May / 17 - Good condition- 24 bids - 280.00 USD

June / 12 - Good condition - 13 bids - 381.00 USD

Jan. /12 - Good condition, complete with box and instructions - 31 bids - 515.99 USD

Nov. /11- Good condition, with burner, spoked flywheel style - 22 bids - 565.00 USD

May /12 - Good condition, complete - 20 bids - 592.11 USD


WEEDEN No.644


Thanks Morphy Auctions

The Weeden No. 644 was introduced in 1924 and produced into 1935, 11 1/12" long X 5" wide and 8 1/2" high.

Ebay Sales of No. 644's

May /17 - Good condition - 30 bids - 323.00 USD

March /17 - Good condition - 28 bids - 460.95 USD

Sept. / 13 - Good condition - 21 bids - 775.02 USD


WEEDEN No.645

Thanks Steamrgene

The Weeden No. 645 was introduced in 1926 and produced into 1935, 6 1/2" long X 3 3/4" wide and stands 7 1/4" high.

As a point of interest a smoke stack from a No.238 is the same size.

Ebay Sales of No. 645's

May /10 - Needs restoration, parts missing - 4 bids - $92.03 USD

May / 17 - Good condition - 28 bids - $162.50 USD

Feb. /11 - Poor condition, complete but needs restoration - 9 bids - $227.00 USD

Sept./12 - Good condition - 31 bids - $410.01 USD

Sept./13 - Good condition - 5 bids - $558.00 USD

October / 13 - Very good condition - 301 bids - $1164.00 USD


WEEDEN No.646

Thanks continentalhobby.com


There are two configurations for the engine frame on these models, One style is fastened to the boiler midway, the other is fastened at the flywheel end toward the smokestack. The positions of the steam line and whistle are also reversed.

The Weeden No. 646 is an identical engine to the No.645 other than for the front end, the No. 646 having a roller rather than wheels. Introduced in 1926 and produced into 1935, 7" long X 3 3/4" wide and stands 7 1/4" high.

Video of No. 646 in action by NickSteam8

Ebay Sales

Feb. /10 - Missing front wheels, burner, chain and smokestack - 9 bids - 113.50 USD

April /10 - Missing burner, sight glass and smokestack - 8 bids - 124.26 USD

July / 13- Needs work, parts missing - 4 bids - 184.50 USD

April /09 - Good Condition - 18 bids - 234.05 USD

Jan. /15- Good Condition with funnel, pan, box, wrench, instructions - 5 bids - 421.78 USD

May /12 - Excellent Condition - 25 bids - 560.00 USD

Apr. /11 - Good condition, missing sight glass - 22 bids - 611.00 USD

Oct. /11 - Good condition, box and instructions - 35 bids - 787.00 USD


WEEDEN Dart

Many consider the Weeden Dart to be the most successful early American toy train, tens of thousands of this popular model were sold. There are actually two types of Dart locomotives, early and late. The early models have three wick burners, the late model has a four wick burner and nickle plated steam cylinder and fill cap/safety valve whereas the early models had painted parts. A third version likely from National Playthings has also shown up as illustrated in the bottom photos.


Thanks David A.

Thanks David A.

Thanks David A.

Thanks Charles H.

This appears to be a later offering possibly from National Playthings in the 1940's.

dartlater2
Thanks Remember-Yesterday
dartlater
Thanks Remember-Yesterday

 

The Weeden Dart was introduced in 1888 and in production by Weeden until 1918, the locomotive is 8" long, 3" wide and it stands 4 1/2" high. The set is made up of the locomotive, tender and passenger coach that ran on a 3 1/2 foot diameter 2 3/16" gauge track with metal rails and wooden sleepers. National Playthings possibly reintroduced it in the 1940's from a combination of left over and newly made parts.

Video Part 1 from Hangshot

Video Part 2 from Hangshot

Video of Weeden Dart on Track from Hangshot

Ebay Sales of Weeden Darts

Dec. /09 - Track only, needs repairs - 12 bids - 223.00 USD

Nov. /10 - Loco and tender, fair condition - 1 bid - 275.00 USD

Oct. /11 - Loco and tender, good condition, later style- 19 bids -396.11 USD

Oct. /11 - Loco only, good condition - 25 bids - 438.33 USD

Aug./12 - Loco, tender and coach, fair condition - 7 bids - 515.85 USD

August / 13 - Loco, tender and coach, great condition - 14 bids - 610.00 USD

Aug. /11 - Complete set, loco, tender, coach and track with box and instructions -2 bids - 1125.00 USD


WEEDEN Locomotive No.1 & No.2

Thanks Morphy Auctions


Thanks Ken Trobaugh

The Weeden No.1 Steam Locomotive was introduced in 1931 and produced into 1933, 12" long X 2 1/2" wide and 4" high. This is an 0-gauge loco that runs on standard track designed to pull cars made by other manufacturers. A similar electrically heated No.2 was designed for The Steam - Electric Company, 400 watts of power was required to heat the water, which was impractical so the project never really got off the ground..

Ebay Sales of Locomotive No.1

May / 10 - Few parts missing, Fair cindition - 8 bids - 158.88 USD

May / 10 - Parts missing, needs restoration - 11 bids - 277.77 USD

March /10 - Good condition - 1 bid - 349.99 USD

Feb. / 10 - Good condition, listed as No.2 - 20 bids - 446.00 USD

Ebay Sales of Locomotive No.2

Feb. / 12 - Missing heating element - 1 bid - 249.99 USD

Feb. / 10 - Previously restored - 10 bids - 495.00 USD


WEEDEN Locomotive No.3


Thanks Morphy Auctions

The Weeden No.3 Locomotive is a larger version of the Dart, 12" long, 3 1/4" wide and 4 1/2" high, introduced around 1903 and produced for a couple years. The complete train had a tender and two passenger coaches with a 5' diameter track. There are a few replicas of this engine on the market that were produced quite recently, late 1990's.

Ebay Sales of Locomotive No.3

May / 17 - Listed as restored - 24 bids - 987.00 USD


WEEDEN Side Wheel Steamboat


Thanks Morphy Auctions


Thanks Rusty W.
Thanks Rusty W.

The Weeden Side Wheeled Steamboat is 12" long, 3 1/2" wide and 5" high, introduced in 1889 and produced until 1894, named the "Waterwitch". The engine cylinder, rocking beam, crank and paddle wheels are mounted on top of the boiler which is hinged to lift up to light the burner.

This model is very rare, in 2006 James D. Julia Auctioneers sold one of these for over $6000.


WEEDEN Standard Porter


Thanks Morphy Auctions

The Weeden Standard Porter is 12" long, 4" wide, introduced in 1889 and produced until 1899, this is the smallest of the line. The photo is missing the smokestack which went over the filler plug.

Ebay Sales of Standard Porter

April / 2012 - Nice condition - 11 bids - 349.00 USD

Nov. / 2012 -Good condition - 51 bids - 1275.00 USD


WEEDEN Steamboat No.1 & No.2 Porter


Thanks Ken Trobaugh

The Weeden Steamboat No.1 Porter has a torpedo type hull, with a brass boiler and three blade brass propeller, The lamp is fastened to the bottom of the boat to prevent it from moving while boat is in motion.

Early models were painted red and black, later were one color gray.

Length of hull is 15 1/2"
Length of boiler is 3 3/4"

The No.2 Porter is a similar larger model

Length of hull is 17 1/2"
Length of boiler is 4"


Thanks Ken Trobaugh


Thanks Pat G.

Thanks Pat G.

Ebay Sales of Steamboat No. 1 Porter

Apr./11 - Surface rust, needs paint, complete - 5 bids - 191.38 USD

Feb./10 - Nice condition - 13 bids - 565.55 USD

May/09 - Nice condition - 21 bids - 666.00 USD

Feb./11 - Nice condition - 14 bids - 676.00 USD

Oct./11 - Great condition - 27 bids - 897.77 USD

Nov./11 - Great condition, with box - 35 bids -1403.99 USD

Ebay Sales of Steamboat No. 2 Porter

Oct./12 - Good condition - 13 bids - 460.00 USD -

May /17- Good condition - 31 bids - 512.00 USD -


WEEDEN Standard Steamboat No.1


Thanks Morphy Auctions

Weeden Steamboat No 1. was introduced in 1918 and produced into 1933. This is the smaller of two similar models, the larger one, with a 17" hull is the No.2 Standard. The model shown has been refurbished.

Length of hull is 14 1/2"
Length of boiler is 3 3/4"

Ebay Sales No.1 Standard

August /09 - Rusty, needs work - 8 bids - 130.50 USD

July / 12 - Good condition - 5 bids - 263.99 USD

July / 12 - Good condition - 15 bids - 306.00 USD

May/12 - Good condition - 9 bids - 345.00 USD

Feb./11 - Needs paint, good condition - 12 bids - 383.99 USD

WEEDEN Standard Steamboat No.2


Thanks Ken Trobaugh

Weeden Steamboat No 2. was introduced in 1918 and produced into 1930. This is the larger of two similar models, the smaller one, with a 14 1/2" hull is the No.1 Standard.

Length of hull is 17"
Length of boiler is 4"


Thanks Ken Trobaugh


Thanks Susan

Ebay Sales No.2 Standard

May /09 - Needs work - 22 bids - 385.00 USD

June /09 - Parts missing - 18 bids - 393.00 USD

Feb. /12 - Needs work - 19 bids - 545.00 USD


WEEDEN Torpedo Steamboat No.3


Thanks Morphy Auctions

The Weeden Torpedo Steamboat No. 3 has a 20" long hull, introduced around 1894 and produced until 1903. This boat was named the "Gloucester"


WEEDEN Freighter Steamboat No.3

Weeden Freighter Steamboat Patent Drawing
Thanks njdtoyz

Weeden Freighter patent drawing
Thanks njdtoyz
 
Weeden Freighter patent drawing

The Weeden Freighter Steamboat No. 3 has a 19" long hull, introduced around 1918 and produced until 1933. This boat was intended to interest boys in the Merchant Marines. It was painted battleship grey with black and bronze trim.

 


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