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Barn Engine Working Day at Nottingham Industrial Museum

Sunday, 13 August 2017 @ 11:00 am - 5:00 pm

Normal entry charges apply

On the second Sunday of the month, we will be running several of our small portables from our agricultural and farming collection. These vintage 1-5 horsepower barn engines, powered by steam, petrol or oil, provided farmers with much-needed assistance with their everyday farming tasks, such as sawing logs, crushing stone or milling grain.

Barn engine provides the power to grind corn

Working at various points throughout the day will be:

  • Ruston Hornsby – we have an M5 model built around 1940. On full speed, it develops around 1.5-2 hp and the engine runs on both petrol and paraffin
  • Amanco – an American engine through to the Hired Hand model and made circa 1920. It is classed as a ‘hit and miss’ type of engine and does not fire on each cycle unless the engine is under load. It has a low tension magneto and has an igniter instead of a spark plug, When running it develops about 2 hp

Portable barn engine in motion

  • Bradford Engine No 10371 – not much is known about this little engine. It was manufactured by the Bradford gas Engine Company of Shipley, Yorkshire circa 1943/4. Fuelled by petrol it generates about 1.5ho and like most stationary engines it would have served as a portable power source for when and wherever it was required
  • Lister Engine No 248809 – this engine was donated and its first ownership and history are unknown. Manufactured by the Lister Company on 25 January 1940, it is a model B spec 106/13H, fuelled by petrol. The engine, when running develops 5ho to 650rpm
  • Lister Engine 3017/DHS – made in England by R A Lister and Co Ltd of Dursley, Gloucestershire, this Model D is fuelled by petrol and develops 1.5hp at 700rpm. This engine was first built and sold to Lister’s distributor, Brinkman and Neureyer in Holland on 28 April 1955 and was probably used to pump water or generate electricity. This engine works in conjunction with a little Lister pump, manufactured around 1940-50, and it pumps 250-300 gallons per hour at a steady 500rpm. It is self-priming and any air in the system is released at the top of the tall chamber.
  • Wolseley WD11 – made in Birmingham by the Birmingham Sheep Shearing Manufacturing Co in 1944-49. This is a 4-stroke engine and develops 1.5-3hp depending on engine size
  • Bamford Open Crank Engine – made around 1930 by Charles Bamford (of JCB heritage). It develops 4hp at 450rpm

  • French Bernard W O Engine – made in Paris Suresnes, it develops 2.5hp at 2,000rpm. It is water cooled with a radiator
  • Howard A85 Air Cooled Diesel Engine – manufactured by Howard (Sunbury) Ltd of Weybridge, Surrey. Howards launched a range of light weight air cooled diesel engines including the A85 in 1947. This engine features indirect injection with a Ricardo whirlpool combustion chamber. The company went into liquidation in 1948 and was acquired by Paxman of Colchester. These engines had a number of design faults and no longer continued to be made. Very few of these engines have survived, which makes our example quite rare

We will also be bringing out one of our tractors into the Middle Courtyard – always popular with visitors young and old!

Admission to the display area is included in your normal admission fee. Wollaton Hall parking charges apply


Sunday, 13 August 2017
11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Normal entry charges apply
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