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Bowman Models

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of Dereham, Norfolk. Telephone: Dereham: 81. Cables: "Bowman". (1929)

  • 1923 Bowman Models was begun by Mr. Geoffrey Bowman Jenkins, who produced a variety of steam toys and models in the mid 1920s and 1930s. These included stationary engines for driving Meccano models, boats of different varieties, and locomotives.
  • The company produced a 4-4-0 with tender and two sizes of 0-4-0 tank engine. All of these engines ran on 0-gauge track, but were over-scale for 0 gauge, being proportioned more like gauge-1 models. Bowman offered a line of oversize coaches and goods wagons to suit the engines.
  • Bowman's locomotives were both cheap and robust and they ran well in the garden. Allen Levy, in his book A Century of Model Trains, says that Bowman's products ". . .can best be described as honest, durable, efficient and incredibly ugly."
  • 1929 Listed Exhibitor - British Industries Fair. Manufacturers of Bowman Steam Trains, including Locomotives, Rails, Coaches, etc., Bowman Steam Engines for Meccano (specially adapted for driving Meccano and Erector Models). Stationary Model Steam Engines, Working Models of Engineering Machines. (Stand No. D.6) [1]

See Also

  • [1] Locomotive of the Month
  • [2] The Bowman Circle

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