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Vintage stationary engines

Updated on June 21, 2012

Vintage Stationary Engine Photo, Videos, Info | Vintage Stationary Engines for Sale on eBay as available

Vintage stationary engine photo, videos, info and vintage stationary engines for sale on ebay as available

Here you will find information, photos, videos and vintage engines and parts for sale, as well news and blog links concerning vintage engines.

If you are looking for vintage engines and parts, this could be the right place for you to look.

Soon I will add Vintage Engines and parts from the US and the UK to it as well.

This site is in development and will take some time to build. Oct 2011

Photo courtesy of CC geograh in the uk by Evelyn Simak

This is a very interesting hobby for a few people and the effort, which goes into keeping these old engines running, is nothing more then amazing.

Many shows and field days have displays on such a variety of stationary engines driven by steam, petrol and kerosene. They also come in many different sizes and had many uses in particular in agricultural.

For more pictures go to Wolfie at Redgage

What would you like to see more of? - This is a longer term project and will be updated frequently

In order to help me to make this the best site for you please enter the poll or leave a comment right at the end of this page.

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Sideshaft Vintage Stationary Engine

Sideshaft Vintage Stationary Engine
Sideshaft Vintage Stationary Engine

Makers of stationary engines and some history

It is sometimes hard to believe that these little engines were the forerunners to our modern machinery. The applications for these stationary engines were plenty such as pumping water, power tools, drive saws to cut firewood, move people and not to forget it was running the first power plants.

Life was starting to get easier at the turn of the century and the engines could do the job of a few men.

Photo:Ruston and Horsby Diesel Milling Engine (Ashley Dace) / CC BY-SA 2.0

Richard Hornsby & Sons:

Richard Hornsby & Sons were a large engine and machinery manufacturer in Lincolnshire, England from 1828 until 1918. After that it was taken over by Rustons of Lincoln and became a subsidiary and this created Rustons&Hornsby.

Hornsby & Sons manufactured mainly agriculture machinery such as threshing machines and traction engines. Everything was tested on their own farm before they turned it into production.

Richard Hornsby also developed the early crawler system, which he patented and later sold what became later caterpillar.

Interesting Hornsby Facts:

- 1898, a Hornsby designed engine was used to provide electrical power for the Statue of Liberty.

- 1896, Hornsby built the world's first tractor and locomotive powered by oil engines.

- Manufacturers in Sweden and Denmark built thousands of engines using the Hornsby design to power fishing boats.

- Marconi used a Hornsby engine for power in his early wireless telegraphy experiments.

- Among the famous people who have used Hornsby engines are Rudyard Kipling, the Duke of Roxburghe, Viscount Curzon, Lord Rothschild and the Czar of Russia.

- Hornsby engine was used to light the Taj Mahal and the tunnels in the Rock of Gibraltar.

- Hornsby engines were used in the Arctic Circle, Malta, Egypt, Sudan, Palestine, Jerusalem, Jaffa, India, South and Central Africa and South America.

Wolseley Stationary Engine

Lister Vintage Engines

R. A. Lister and Co came into existence in 1867 by Robert Ashton Lister. Having been a manufacturer of farming equipment for many years, Lister started in the early 20th century to engineer petrol engines to run shearing equipment after the invention of the internal combustion engine.

Photo Courtesy of CC BulldozerD11

Under the management of Percy Lister, who was a grandson of Robert Ashton Lister, the company grew quite rapidly and had a workforce of about 2000 by 1926. With around 6000 customers in the UK alone the company had to run 24 hours a day. Australia and New Zealand were also big customers for their shearing equipment.

Lister started to produce a cold start (CS) diesel engine in 1929, which they had designed themselves. This diesel engine was a slow running engine (600rpm), but very reliable and was used in driving electric generators and irrigation pumps because of their longevity. These engines run for many years and were widely used in the British Commonwealth.

Link to a Lister D Vintage Engines

Despite the depression, Lister was producing around 600 engines a week. The majority was small engines from 1.5 to 3hp and was used on building sites.

The Lister 'D' is still one of the most widely seen vintage stationary engines in the UK.

As it always happens when someone comes up with something good other people copy it. Other countries produced the Listeroids engine, which was based on the Lister engine. (see below)

After the 2nd World War Lister couldn't achieve the high's of the 20's and 30's due to more competition (Petter and overseas) and the higher labor cost

Finally in 1965 Listers was sold to Hawker-Siddeley who already bought Petter in 1957. In 1986 merging the 2 old rivals into Lister-Petter formed a new company. This gave strength to the new company by building on there past successes.

Due to the uncertainty in the late 80's and 90',which nearly caused the collapse of the company, part of the company was sold of to Deutz. Some investors who were interested in rebuilding the old product range bought the core of the company.

In the new century Lister-Petter still assemble small engines from the old site in Dursley, but the new investors started to extend the product range into more powerful engines.

Listeroid engines:

In 1987 production of the Lister CS engines stopped in England, but because of the good reputation it was continued to be built in India and exported to other countries. The quality of the engines produced now is at the same level as the originals Lister build engines.

Because these engines are easy to maintain and repair they are well sort after for the outback or remote areas. Another advantage of these engines is variety of alternative fuels that can be used in them.

Hit and Miss Engines

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Wolseley Stationary Engines

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Open Crank Stationary Vintage Engines

Open Crank Stationary Vintage Engines
Open Crank Stationary Vintage Engines

Frisco Gas Engines

Frisco Gas Engines
Frisco Gas Engines

Here are Links to Photos of Vintage Stationary Engines

Just click the link to see the Photo

Every Link will open in a new window for you.

The following link is the main tag for Stationary Engines on the Vintage Mowers site. Below you will find the links which get you directly to the photos.

Photo of a Alfa Laval 4HP Vintage Engine

Photo set of 3 of a Bamford 2 HP Stationary engine

Restoring a Marco Compressor Video

This video isn't really a video, but more like a slide show. Steamwally who uploaded this video shows in steps on how he restored this compressor in picture form with some text thrown in.

This video is still good and interesting to watch. After 6 and a half minutes he demonstrates the running of the restored marco compressor

Sit back and enjoy.

Vintage Stationary Engines Videos

Here is a video about 2 vintage stationary engine enthusiast starting up 6 small stationary engines in the backyard.

Watch out for when they do crank them up, as you will see they use different methods to start the engines.

They also explain what engine is what.

Lister Vintage Engines Videos

Video 1:

A Lister tr1 running after restoration

Video 2:

1946 Lister D type stationary petrol engine manufactured in Dursley, England

Video 3:

A 2hp 1948 Lister D

More Lister Vintage Engines Videos

Video 1:

A wonderful old Lister engine


6 horsepower diesel backup generator charging a 48V battery bank

Video 3:

Another Lister Vintage Engine

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UK Vintage engine and parts

These items are all from the UK.

US Vintage engine, parts and manuals

These items are all from the US

Feel free to comment on what you liked or what i have missed

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      8 years ago

      Some nice picture you include here which is very helpful to understand you lens. Thanks.

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      8 years ago

      Dang.. this is a really interesting lens.. LOVE all the pics. Angel blessed.

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      E L Seaton 

      8 years ago from Virginia

      Very interesting. I love the thought of old engines given new live or just living on and on and on and ........

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      8 years ago

      Only a smiling visitor here to share the love

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      8 years ago

      Awesome! My dad is a vintage engine buff, and I've sent him a link. He'll love this! And you found the coolest pictures!

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      8 years ago

      Fascinating collection! Thanks for sharing!

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      8 years ago

      Some of those old stationary engines are a delight to look at. Built as practical working equipment but truly works of art. Thanks very much for making this lens.

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      8 years ago

      Nice, I have seen some of these in mills and old steam donkeys. Thanks for checking out my page as well

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      Johnathan K 

      8 years ago

      cool lens, it makes me remind of my school time. Thank you

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      8 years ago

      Amazing lens on vintage farm engines - well done!

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      8 years ago

      Great subject and lovely pics. Old engines always fascinate. Hugs

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      8 years ago

      Excellent lens. Very interesting.

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      8 years ago

      although it is not used in the modern truck, it is a good way to be changed as a toy

      a great way to keep its value

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      8 years ago

      Love the history of stationary engine manufacturers!

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      8 years ago

      i love the pictures!

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      8 years ago

      Blessed by a SquidAngel.

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      8 years ago

      Nice one

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      8 years ago

      Innovative lens idea!

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      bhavesh lm 

      8 years ago

      Interesting topic.

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      Steve Dizmon 

      8 years ago from Nashville, TN

      I have an acquaintance who collects and restores old gasoline engines. Very interesting hobby. Very interesting lens.

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      8 years ago

      its still can be use?

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      8 years ago

      Hi, Wolfie! Just found a link to this lens on Redgage! What a brilliant lens! You've really made yourself so much work with it! My husband is into preserved steam railways and I like them, too, but I absolutely love vintage stationary engines, such beauties they are! Thanks for this great information!

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      Asinka Fields 

      8 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      Beautiful lens! Thanks for visiting my lenses and liking them.

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      8 years ago

      A very imformative lens. Great pictures.

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      8 years ago

      A good collection of Vintage engines, reminded me of the good old days.

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      8 years ago

      nice and rare collection

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      8 years ago

      Very cool, I find these fascinating.

      Nice work,

      Robin :)

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      8 years ago

      I reckon we'll all be using things like this again if energy prices keep going up!

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      8 years ago

      nice lens

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      8 years ago

      @TonyPayne: thanks for your comments.

      we have them all around the country sides here too.

      absolutely fascinating to think that' these little beauties were used in the old days to make life easier.

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      Tony Payne 

      8 years ago from Southampton, UK

      These are great old vintage machines. Every year close to where we live they hold the Great Dorset Steam Fair, which is the biggest collection of Steam Engines and Traction Engines in the UK. I think you would be like a kid in a candy store there.


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