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Steam fun for young and old in the Wilesco-World of Steam Engines

The Company Ets. Wilhelm Schröder GMBH & Co. - Wilesco -, manufacturers of metal products was founded in 1912 by Wilhelm Schröder. At the beginning, the production of Wilesco related to aluminium forks and spoons using to the chilled casting process. Some of these products still form part of the production of Wilesco, a great part of which is exported.

At the beginning of the Twenties began the facture of forks and spoons and aluminium pans for doll's tea parties (toys called today "domestic toys"). We can thank those which made this decision, because, at the time of the world economic crisis of the end of the Twenties, of great quantities of small raviers for doll's tea parties furnished with knives, forks and spoons were exported in the United States. The Wilesco company thus could survive this difficult economic phase.

While the sale of the simple aluminium forks and spoons decreased, the possibilities of manufacture in the cast aluminium in shell as well as in zinc were widened and adapted to the needs for the market.

Zinc or the cast aluminium products are especially used as parts of clutch and connection parts in the car industry and electric industry. Of course, the castings for the Wilesco steam engines, such as wheels or stems, are produced by the Wilesco company.

Relatively late, in 1950, the manufacture of Wilesco miniature steam engines started. The customers existed already: it was that of the doll's tea parties. Wilesco very quickly succeeded in cutting an appreciable share of the market thanks to esthetics of the models and with high quality of the products. In 1966, the mobile steam engine "Old-Smoky" model was introduced.

This model is a very faithful reprodution of the original. In 1987, for the 75th birthday of the creation of Wilesco, a steam firemen car was manufactured. This model, being based on an original MAGIRUS from 1904, was a great success. It is, above all, this kind of toy of very high technicality which, thanks to its successful presentation, has its place on the market of the hobby and of model making. Approximately 50% of the sales turnover of Wilesco are carried out by the sale of the steam engines.

The manufacturing surface reaches approximately 15.000 m2. During last decades, the buildings were enlarged several times. The Wilesco steam engines are exported in the whole world where they have their place in the field of toys and hobbies. Today, Wilesco can be proud to be the largest producer of quality steam engines models

Related web sites : Wilesco sur Wikipedia,
and History and principles of steam machines,
and finally the excellent Musée des Arts et Métiers - section of steam machines.
The Franklin Mint 

Creations from Wilesco

model steam engine Wilesco D100 E - Experimental kit et steam engine 122.40 € vat incl.
model steam engine Wilesco D10/100 100 years steam with Wilesco! 183.60 € vat incl.
model steam engine Wilesco D105 -  steam engine ELECTRIC LIGHT 174.00 € vat incl.
model steam engine Wilesco D10 - steam engine 159.60 € vat incl.
model steam engine Wilesco D11 - Steam engine 178.80 € vat incl.
model steam engine Wilesco D141 - steam engine 290.40 € vat incl.
model steam engine Wilesco D14 steam engine 144.00 € vat incl.
model steam engine Wilesco D161 - steam engine 292.80 € vat incl.
model steam engine Wilesco D165 steam engine 242.40 € vat incl.
model steam engine Wilesco D16 steam engine 222.00 € vat incl.
D18 steam engine 241.20 € vat incl.
D202 - electric version of steam engine D20 439.20 € vat incl.
D20 steam engine 276.00 € vat incl.
D21 steam engine 333.60 € vat incl.
D222 - electric version of Steam workshop D22 559.20 € vat incl.
D22 steam engine 410.40 € vat incl.
D242 - electric version of steam engine D24 727.20 € vat incl.
D24 - Steam Turbine 548.40 € vat incl.
D2 + Set of 3 candles 69.60 € vat incl.
D2 steam engine 64.80 € vat incl.
D305 - Mobile Steam Fire Engine 410.40 € vat incl.
D310 - Foden steam Lorry  Mighty Atom  348.00 € vat incl.
D320 - Steam Lorry 450.00 € vat incl.
D365 - Steam engine 231.60 € vat incl.
D366 - Steam Roller black/brass 270.00 € vat incl.
D368 - Steamroller black - Nickel 278.40 € vat incl.
D375 - Steam engine KIT (similar to D365 assembled) 230.40 € vat incl.
D376 - Steam engine KIT(similar to D366 assembled) 262.80 € vat incl.
D396 - Steam roller, black/brass 350.40 € vat incl.
D398 - Steam roller, black/nickel 356.40 € vat incl.
D3 - Vertical static Steam Engine 75.60 € vat incl.
D405 - Steam engine 254.40 € vat incl.
D406 - Steam Traction Engine black/brass 276.00 € vat incl.
D409 - Steam engine 384.00 € vat incl.
D415 - Mobile steam engine KIT(similar to D405 assembled) 238.80 € vat incl.
D416 - Steam Traction Engine black-brass (similar to D406 assembled) 265.20 € vat incl.
D419 - Showman´s Engine 385.20 € vat incl.
D430 - Steam Locomobile 332.40 € vat incl.
D455 - Vertical steam engine 190.80 € vat incl.
D48 - 2 Cylinder Marine Steam Engine 488.40 € vat incl.
D495 - Mobile steam 284.40 € vat incl.
D496 - Mobile steam 350.40 € vat incl.
D499 - Mobile steam 402.00 € vat incl.
D4 - Machine à vapeur 127.20 € vat incl.
D52 - Marine Steam Engine 156.00 € vat incl.
D5 - Steam Engine model kit 91.20 € vat incl.
D6 - steam engine 105.60 € vat incl.
D9 - Steam Engine model kit 150.00 € vat incl.
E50 -Experimentation kit without steam engine 52.80 € vat incl.
H50 Stirling engine 87.00 € vat incl.
K 120 Crane supplement for D11 66.00 € vat incl.
M81 - Castle fountain 68.40 € vat incl.
T125 - Steam turbine 608.40 € vat incl.
Wilesco catalogue 7.20 € vat incl.
Witabs - Dry fuel - 18 boxes 57.00 € vat incl.
Witabs - Dry fuel - 1 box 3.84 € vat incl.

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