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Universal Road Machinery Co., Ruston & Hornsby engines in Iraq, Foos update


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Universal Road Machinery Co.

The photo above, owned by the Friends of Historic Kingston organization in New York, appeared in Images of America, Kingston, published by Acadia Press, 2004.

According to FOHK information, the photo is of the Universal Road Machinery Co., circa 1910, 27 Emerick St. Known originally as the Julian Scholl Co., by 1909 it was incorporated as the Universal Road Machinery Co. By 1918, it was locally owned, and Alexander B. Shufeldt became president. The Reliance trademark became known not only in the United States, but also all over the world, as well.

The conveyor belt in the photo is one example of the products the company manufactured for mining, quarrying and road building.

Bob Naske, pulleypower@frontiernet.net

Gas Engine Magazine archives spark memory

I am pleased to say I received the Gas Engine Magazine CD archive discs. It has been most interesting to look back, in disc 1 in particular, to an article I published and also several photos I submitted (and had forgotten about). Thank you.

Alex Walford, 19 Barn Hall Ave. Colchester, Essex, England C02 8 TE

Over there

Editor's note: These fantastic photos of Ruston & Hornsby engines in action in Iraq came to us through Ron Page of Australia. Ron's son, Jason, is in the Australian Army, and got a hold of these photos taken by another group of soldiers. The following is the description that came with the photos, provided by Australian soldier Tony Kuilboer:

I just thought I'd drop you a line and let you know of a discovery a bunch of mates and I found whilst touring the Middle East. Travelling through a small town we noticed a large cloud of black smoke with a single puff of a smoke ring rising continuously above, and the distinct sound of a slow turning single-cylinder engine. On closer inspection we found there was not only one engine but two. One was running turning a belt system in order to pump water out of a well. The other looked to have been used for spare parts or was offline in the hope of repairing it; it was missing the inlet valve, inlet valve rocker arm and some fittings of the fuel pump. The one that was working had a huge exhaust valve leak and was well lubricated inside and out.

Ron Page, Australia (via e-mail)


I need to make a correction to the picture of the Flint & Walling engines and owners (Letters, October/November 2007). One was identified as "Bob Miller" and his name is Bill Miller. As many of you know, this is the same Bill Miller who passed away on Sept. 20, 2007. He was a great guy and will be missed by all.

Best regards, Earle Franklin, 804 S. Cavin Street, Ligonier, IN 46767-1726

The Sparta Economy engine shown on page 34 in the A-to-Z Feature of December/January 2008 issue of GEM was made in Sparta, Mich., not Sparta, Wis.

They were made by the Holm Machine Mfg. Co. The engines were sold by Sears, Roebuck & Co.

John R. Brunton, 27739 Ark Road, Mass City, MI 49948 brunton@webtv.net

Since the article in GEM came out concerning the Type K Foos (Letters, December/January 2008), I have received more information about it.The engine in the picture is owned by Todd Ryker, who lives in Pennsylvania. It is a 6 HP engine, not a 3 HP like I thought.Foos didn't make 3 HP versions of this engine.

Best regards, Woody Sins, Reginald Dunning, 150 Woodridge Place, Oakley, CA 94561

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