I have no experience with live steam engines but had to test this. After reading the instructions I half filled the boiler with water and plugged it in. I was thrilled and delighted when the whistle started blowing, and after I gave the flywheel a spin, the engine chugged to life and began spinning quite fast. There are several control handles on the engine, the whistle, the steam regulator, which controls the speed of the engine, and the reversing gear, which makes it go forward or backward.I oiled the moving parts and was delighted with my test. Here is some info from Jensen. Jensen's largest & most powerful Hobby Line Steam Engine, features a double acting stationary slide valve cylinder with plenty of low speed torque, 2-1/2 x 6 boiler, reversible, 2 speed pulley and a F-N-R Stephenson link shift lever. Includes 400 watt heater, pop valve, whistle and throttle. Bore: 1/2" x 5/8" Stroke. The item "Vintage Jensen 25 live steam engine, tested, working, no leaks, whistle, reverse" is in sale since Sunday, March 7, 2021. This item is in the category "Toys & Hobbies\Vintage & Antique Toys\Other Vintage & Antique Toys". The seller is "willyrockwell" and is located in West Orange, New Jersey.
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