Sussex Steam Co.  

Newcomen Engine

Beam Engine Type A

Steam Plant

Boulton and Watts Steam Engine

Sussex Steam Co. is based in a small village in Sussex on the south coast of England and is a small company specialising in the design of working historical model steam engines. The company was created in 2002 by John and Paula and now includes amongst its customers enthusiasts from all over the world as well as customers such as London's Science Museum and Kew Bridge Steam Museum.

Newcomen Steam Engine

The model kits that we have designed operate as 'live steam' models as well as making attractive display exhibits which can be brought to life by the use of motorisation units or compressed air.

The design principle behind the make up of the kits is has been that
the models can be built without the use of a lathe or milling machine.

In response to requests we have had in the past, we have designed a kit which requires no metalworking.  This is the Beam Type A
the parts for which are ready made and, as such, no drilling, cutting, threading or shaping is required.

You will need a screwdriver, a pair of pliers, a small hand drill (or pin vice) for drilling pilot holes in the wood plinth and some super glue to put the kit together. To set up the engine and make it run smoothly, you will also need some emery cloth, a small file to take off any rough edges and a couple of small drill bits to clean up any holes that may need fettling.    


For kits other than the Beam Type A
Construction involves the making of small brass parts using hand tools.
Tools required are small hacksaw, drill and drill bits, files, screwdrivers and vice, solder torch etc.
2mm / 3mmTaps and dies are used on all models with the exception of the Trevithick models.
A bench mounted drill although not completely necessary, will make life easier.

 Latest News

Technology and food delivery

Delivering fast food is a good way of earning extra money. deliveries of takeaway's, pizzas, curries, and all kinds of hot food is a growth industry, driven by technology.

You can now order food from practically any major supplier, such as McDonalds or Kentucky Fried Chicken, and you can be reasonably sure of it being delivered to you, hot and fresh, within a very short time.

What's best of all is that it is mainly evening work so many people take jobs as delivery drivers in their spare time. The majority use their own vehicles, whether these are cars, vans, or even scooters and motorbikes and many buy their hot fast food delivery insurance policies online.

There are a lot of companies advertising for drivers with their own transport who can work flexible hours and so this is a good opportunity to earn extra money locally.

One thing which is often overlooked though is insurance.most of those have a normal car insurance policy which covers as for normal, everyday travel as well as, often, commuting to work as well. However this type of insurance does not cover anyone for delivering goods. Special fast food delivery policies have been designed for this.

This type of policy is known as courier insurance. Anyone who takes on a job with take away delivery companies such as Uber Eats, Just Eat or Deliveoo will have to show that they have this policy, which is essential to stay within the law.

Why do I need extra insurance?

Insurance companies are interested in the risk of their customers having accidents, and unfortunately food delivery drivers do tend to have more than the average. There are several reasons for this, which are:

  • Hot food can spoil if it is kept for too long, so there is a temptation to rush
  • Most deliveries are made at night when visibility can be poor
  • Demand increases during bad weather when people prefer someone else to deliver their food for them, rather than collect it themselves
  • The more deliveries a driver makes, the more he or she will earn.

All these mean that insurance for delivery drivers is a little more expensive than for most others; however there are ways of reducing the cost.

How can I get cheaper insurance?

Whilst there are no price comparison sites specialising in insurance for people delivering hot food have access to is a large panel of insurance brokers and they can provide quotations for you to compare.

Please keep an eye on this website for future changes



Beam Engine Type A - Kit


Beam Type A and Steam Plant Combination



This model can be run with live steam  using our new optional Steam Plant or it will run off compressed air at less than 2psi.

The Beam Type A in combination with our new Steam Plant is the replacement for our popular Beam Type S. Because of the new modular arrangement, you will not only have the advantage of an easy to build model but you will now have the option to purchase the Engine and Steam Plant separately.  

The parts for the Beam A are ready made and, as such, no drilling, cutting, threading, shaping or soldering is required.

You will need a screwdriver, a pair of pliers, a small hand drill (or pin vice) for drilling pilot holes in the wood plinth and some super glue to put the kit together. To set up the engine and make it run smoothly, you will probably need some fine emery cloth, a small file to take off any rough edges and a couple of small drill bits to clean up any holes that may need fettling. 


Steam Plant Kit




The Steam Plant kit is designed as the steam generator for the Beam Type A and is straightforward to build. The stand is laser cut from stainless steel sheet which just requires folding. The basic Steam Plant kit does require some drilling and soldering.

If  you prefer, you can choose the pre-soldered option which means that all that you need to do to assemble the kit is to fold the base to shape and screw everything together.

The Steam Plant can also be used to drive the Watt's Engine as well as being  a suitable general purpose steam generator for use with any other small live steam models you may have. 

Live Steam Model of James Watts Engine



Our model of Boulton and  Watt's 10 hp engine is now available in kit form only.

It can be made to run quite on compressed air at less than 3 psi and will also run on live steam

The model represents James Watt's 'Standard 10hp" steam engine which was produced between 1787 and 1800 - the steam engine that would go on to power the factories of the world and provide great impetus to the industrial revolution.

It features the major steam engine improvements that James Watt introduced including condenser, parallel motion, rotating flywheel, double acting cylinder, sun and planet gear and governor.

The full sized Lap Engine on display at London's Science Museum is an original example of this type of steam engine.

 Watts Engine Live Video

Feedback from customers who have built this model  


Trevithick Dredging Engine - Model Steam Engine

A live steam model of Trevithick's Dredging Engine. In 1806 Trevithick built a steam dredger for use on the River Thames using his 'strong steam' engine.  This model is similar to the original full size engine on display at .London's Science Museum and is available in kit form.

 > Dredger Engine Live Steam Video < 

Trevithicks Puffing Devil Model Steam Engine

Richard Trevithick's 'Puffing Devil' was the world's first passenger carrying steam road locomotive. It was designed and first tested by Richard Trevithick and friends on Christmas Eve 1801 when they drove the vehicle up Camborne Hill in Cornwall.

The success of this first Camborne Hill run led to the testing of the world's first steam railway locomotive at Penydarren in 1804. Trevithick subsequently  went on to build the 'Catch-Me-Who-Can' passenger train - the world's first fare-paying passenger railway near Gower St. in London in 1808.It was the first engine to use high pressure steam.

James Watt thought that such pressures were dangerous and is said to have remarked that Trevithick deserved hanging for bringing such a thing into the world!

There are no known surviving original drawings of  the 'Puffing Devil' . This live steam model is loosely based partly on sketches and partly on the Dredging Engine in the Science Museum in Kensington which was manufactured only two years later. 

 Puffing Devil Live Steam Video



A kit enabling you to build a fully working Live Steam model of a Newcomen Atmospheric Steam Engine that was reputably installed at Dudley in 1712 to pump out water from a coal mine. It was working on a model Newcomen Steam Engine that led James Watt to revolutionise steam engine design.

This model was recently featured in part 2 of the Channel 4 programme 'Genius of Britain' ( the James Watt episode) with James Dyson operating the engine under live steam. It has also been featured in the 2013 BBC2 series 'Genius of Invention'.

 The Engine works using the vacuum caused by the condensation of steam in the cylinder. It was the first commercial application of a Steam Engine and paved the way for the Industrial Revolution.

A battery driven Motorisation Kit is available as an option for convenient demonstration and display.

The metalwork of the  model is  mainly brass and the woodwork is supplied pre-shaped. 

A fully built example of our  Newcomen Engine is on display at
Kew Bridge Steam Museum, London

 Newcomen Live Steam Video


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