Last year marked the Queen’s diamond jubilee celebrations with people from all over the UK descending on to London to enjoy the festivities.

Crowds gathered along the banks of the River Thames and despite the damp conditions it was made a memorable day. To commemorate the occasion Mamod released the Diamond Jubilee saddle Tank Set which has proved to be a hit with both young and old alike. This model steam train is one of the great array of gifts from the company’s collection and makes it easy to see why miniature railways continue to be popular even into the 21st century.

For youngsters it is sense of wonder to see a track come to life in their own home while for the older generations its a feeling of nostalgia, taking them back to a time when these majestic feats of engineering graced the main lines of the UK. The Diamond Jubilee is a real stand-out feature from Mamod and the steam locomotive comes in a ruby rich colour, with brass spectacles, brass chimney cowl and a brass numbered limited edition plaque mounted on the roof.

It encompasses everything great about the steam engines of yesteryear and buyers will be able to recreate the world of steam in the comfort of their own home. The Diamond Jubilee comes complete with steam oil and a gas adaptor and will no doubt take pride of place in anyone’s abode.

One of the benefits of purchasing from Mamod is that customers get a lovingly crafted model straight from the UK. The company is one of a select few that do not import metal and other parts from overseas nations. Everything that comes with a Mamod model is straight from its base near to Birmingham.

As David Terry, Mamod’s managing director, explains: “My plan is to have a business which just deals with the retail trade and is close to the public whom we hope will contact us with a view to visiting our factory. We have already introduced some changes to the way we operate but we want to make our business more sophisticated and that includes the design of the models.”

It is not just steam trains that Mamod prides itself on, it also has an extensive range of steam engines that will delight any model enthusiast with one of the prize assets being the 1410R Red London Bus. This item is a must for anyone with a keen interest in history and this miniature vehicle gives the perfect piece of London history and can also be purchased in green for those wanting something a little different.

Mamod also provides one of the focal points of the steam age with the 1380SP Showmans Special. This model is a stand-out feature in the company’s catalogue and incorporate a successfully designed piston valve engine which are prevalent within the firm’s locomotive miniatures. The Showmans Special is a classic steam engine and recalls images of black and white footage from the 1800s when the dawn of this age has increasing at a pace.