Model, of a Marshall Class MP single cylinder steam engine


A model of a Marshall Class MP single cylinder horizontal engine used for electrical power and lighting generation c.1896. Model built 1970-1978.

This is a fine amateur's 1:10 scale model of a Marshall class MP, single-cylinder, horizontal steam engine from about 1896. It was made by Charles G. Stiff, formerly chief engineer at Rustington Convalescent Home, Sussex, where the real steam engine drove a dynamo to provide electric light and power for the building. Stiff had maintained the machine as a young man and had access to it when he started working on the model in 1970. Some of the wooden patterns and cores made by Stiff, and used by him to make the castings for the model, are shown alongside.

On display

Science Museum: Making the Modern World Gallery

If you are visiting to see this object, please contact us in advance to make sure that it will be on display.


Motive Power
Object Number:
1997-2234 Pt1
model (on platform base): 26 x 30 x 20 cm
model high pressure steam engine
Stiff, Charles George

Cite this page


We encourage the use and reuse of our collection data.

Data in the title, made, maker and details fields are released under Creative Commons Zero

Descriptions and all other text content are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 licence

Using our data


Download catalogue entry as json

View manifest in IIIF viewer

Add to Animal Crossing Art Generator

Download manifest IIIF

Our records are constantly being enhanced and improved, but please note that we cannot guarantee the accuracy of any information shown on this website.