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The Sands Mechanical Museum


updated February 2014

I changed the default text size to be larger. As I get older and my eye sight changes, I appreciate the larger font. I have actually made it as large as normal font is at a reading distance, which is closer than the screen. So it should appear the same size as a book. Please let me know what you think.

The website is now running on the TTD server owned by Lynne.

For those of you interested in web technology, the entire site is now XHTML 1.0 Strict. The last pages to resist the standards included some Javascript to animate various mechanisms.

The 1946 Evans Races, a pneumatically driven horse race arcade game is approaching completion. The mechanism that moves the horses has been complete for some time. There is an electronics board below the mechanical and this has also been restored. All that is required now is to join the two and finish removing any faults that appear.

The Pocket Watch Museum is now finished. We are selecting one watch each week and posting it on the National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors forum to find out more about them. Eventually this information will make it to the website.

We spent a week working on the the artist's website, moving it to the new server. It is now more portable than before. You can see an example at Michelle's Art Site.

The Sands Mechanical Museum

The Sands Mechanical Museum contains many mechanical wonders, including antique coin operated games, nimble cars like the Super Seven and Elise, and unusual time pieces. While it is a virtual museum, many of the mechanisms are real and can be seen by appointment.

The goal is to reference the wonderful world of mechanical marvels, to astound and amaze you with things mechanical, both old and new. We want to show you how things work.

The arcade games are often ingenious in their design and construction. They seek to entertain. The Lotus Elise is a very advanced automobile, providing more entertainment than just the ordinary travel appliance.

Welcome! We hope you enjoy your visit.

The museum has three major wings:

Coin Operated Arcade Games

Coin operated machines are the perfect thing to have in a mechanical museum. They are the results of the best creative minds of their time, and are built to entertain. Through time, they show the current state of mechanical and electrical engineering.

nimble cars

Nimble Cars (Automobiles)

Automobiles are mechanical wonders. They can be basic transportation or they can be fun. These three cars all share one characteristic. They are nimble.

unusual time pieces

Pocket Watches and other Time Pieces

  • pocket watch museum has some antique pocket watches
  • Spilhaus Clock, designed by Spilhaus and built by Edmund Scientific, shows the position of the stars, tides, phases of the moon.
  • Geochron, shows the sun lit portion of the world and time on a scrolling map of the earth
  • Lunarium shows the moon relationships, position of the sun and earth color chart



To find out more about the museum or to contact us, please visit the contact page. The staff of the Museum create web sites and are proud of their concert music sharing forum. You can see the cars' site map and the coin operated games' site map. The site maps for the pocket watch museum and any artist websites are accessible from their index pages.

Services available at the Sands Mechanical Museum

  • We used to do Museum quality restoration of old coin operated games (1930-1960)
  • Radio control model sailboat construction
  • Automobile suspension tuning
  • Frisbee dog training