Re: Lister Engines and Others

Lister light set

Lister light set, serial number 86945, 1 KW 50 volt, radiator cooled, built 10 December 1928.

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I have noticed, in the help section of this magazine (Reflections), questions arising concerning Lister engines, where are they built, are they still in business, how do you date them, and so forth.

They are built in Dursley, England, still in business, and the records are intact for dating to the day of manufacture.

I may be making 'a rod for my own back,' but my son and I have copies of most of the Lister's factory parts manuals, thanks to Mr. David Harris, a retired Lister employee of 45 years. This information was picked up during our living in England for 15 years, where we started collecting engines. Further, we also have a dating system which will give the year. If anyone would like to contact us by mail (S.A.S.E. requested), we would be glad to help. We would request photos so that we can start a register of Listers in North America.

If anyone would want the actual build date and first dispatch, they would need to subscribe to the Stationary Engine Magazine which is advertised in the back of this magazine. Their Help-Line gives access to all types of information on European, English and American engines, a good database. We do have some copies of earlier issues.

These photos are of some of the engines my son and I have collected from England that might be of interest to you.

Our Lister light set, serial number 86945, is 2 HP at 1000 RPM, 1 KW 50 Volt DC. It was built 10 December 1928. Set weight is approximately 850 pounds dry. Built by R. A. Lister Ltd. of Dursley, England, supplied by J. Brown of Kirk-By-Moorside, Yorkshire, England. We purchased it from Mr. Leo Pratt of Yorkshire, England, in non-running condition in April of 1994. The engine has been completely overhauled, and the generator field coils rewound. This engine is another case of missing data plates which caused undue problems dating, and in the end the date was only established by part numbers, and flywheel numbers which were in poor shape and could be read five or more different ways. It was only through the efforts of David Harris and David Edgington that we were able to correctly date the engine through old factory records. Both of the above named are members of the Stationary Engine Help Line List in the Stationary Engine Magazine.

Not shown are some of our other engines such as Gardner, Blackstone, Powell, Ruston, Bamford, Stuart, Domestic, Jack of all Trades, Eclipse Myrick (we need information on this engine, color dating and did they make a hot tube engine?), Quincy, Illinois, model, New Holland, Olds, and others. But they are another story.