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I have a few interesting photos this issue, ones that I have had for a while but haven't had a chance to share.

Photo #1 shows an engine I've always thought was very unusual. It's an Ingersoll-Rand model XVG, a two-cylinder, 75 HP engine in a V configuration with a direct-connected gas compressor. This engine was used in a compressor station in the oil field compressing natural gas. It belongs to Doug Thornhill, Rossburg, Ohio, and Doug affectionately refers to this as his 'big Harley' engine.

Photo #2 shows an eight-cylinder, 1,000 HP De La Vergne gas engine. To give you some perspective of its size, that's me standing next to it, and I'm about six foot tall.

These engines are truly gargantuan, and the most amazing fact is that the owner of this engine, who wishes to remain anonymous, has four of them that he moved from a power plant where they drove electric generators. He moved all four of them, intact and without being disassembled, 15 miles.

Photo #2: 1,000 HP De La Vergne gas engine. Russell Farmer is standing at the back of the engine, lending some perspective to this engine's size.

Photo #3 shows the special trailer and rigging he constructed to move them, and the trailer's construction and size are just as impressive as the engines. I feel this gentleman deserves recognition for the work he put into saving these engines from the scrap yard, and I think most of our readers will feel the same. My thanks to him for allowing me to publish these photos.

Photo #4 shows a rod bearing on a 15 HP Reid that overheated, melting the babbitt while it ran. You can see in the photo how the babbitt liquefied and was slung out of the bearing. I think an over-tightened bearing cap probably caused this.

Photo #4: Not what you ever want to see on your own engine. This babbitt rod bearing on a 15 HP Reid likely overheated from being set too tight.

Photo #5 illustrates the ingenuity the oil field man had to have. This Reid engine experienced some sort of major wear or damage to the charge-cylinder journal pin on the side of the flywheel, and it was repaired with a homemade metal bracket. These folks would use any means necessary to get the day's oil production out, but I'm not sure I'd feel safe running this engine today.

Photo #6 speaks for itself, as father time shows us how long this flywheel must have leaned against this tree. Edwin Walker, Butler, Pa., gave me this photo, and he believes the flywheel is from an Evans engine. He doesn't know what became of the rest of the engine or how the flywheel ended up leaning against the tree.

If any of our readers have interesting photos they would like to share, I would encourage them to send them in. As always, anyone who would like a free membership in the Oil Field Engine Society, please call or write the address below.

Contact the Oil Field Engine Society at: 1231 Banta's Creek Rd., Eaton, OH 45320-9701, or e-mail at: oilengine@voyager.net You can also visit on-line at: http://www.oilfieldengine.com