Old Iron Videos


Dick Vye's Circa-1890 Olds Gearless

Old-engine collector Dick Vye's circa-1890 6 hp Olds Gearless engine has gotten a lot of attention on the show circuit. Dick was told that the engine was built between 1890-1893, as evidenced by its large brass tag. Much of the original paint is still intact and the Olds sits on its original timbers. Contact Dick at rvye@roadrunner.com or through the Maine Antique Power Assn. website if you have more information regarding this engine.

1915 Fairbanks-Morse

1915 Fairbanks-Morse 15 hp Type NB throttling governor engine. Filmed at the Coolspring Power Museum Summer Expo, Coolspring, Pennsylvania, June 18, 2015.

Circa-1902 6 hp Fuel-Injected Goold, Shapely & Muir

Destined for the scrap heap, this circa-1902 6 hp fuel-injected Goold, Shapely & Muir, the earliest known engine of its type, has been rescued and restored by Canadian enthusiasts who now show it regularly. We caught up with it at the 2015 Coolspring Power Museum Summer Expo, where it was set up and running beautifully, as the video shows. Read the full story of this engine as published in the April/May 2016 issue of Gas Engine Magazine.

Watch and Remember Rockport Station's 1,000 HP Cooper Engines Up and Running

The Rockport Station in Rockport, West Virginia, once housed three 1,000 HP twin tandem double-acting Cooper gas compressor engines. Nearly a century old, these may have been the last of these engines to be used in such a station. At least, that is until September 2013 when the engines were shut down for good and eventually replaced with two Caterpillar engines which could be remotely started and monitored, thereby eliminating all the station employees. Today, videos like this are, most likely, the only way to see this team of engines running in its rightful place.

For more on the 1,000 HP Cooper-Bessemers, look for our upcoming February/March 2015 issue, in mailboxes and newsstands January 13. There you'll find an article by Paul Harvey, founder of the Coolspring Power Museum, sharing his personal account of the engines' final days.







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