| February/March 1988

23/2/21 Q. The engine shown in the photo with this caption number has 'Sept 1, 1924' and 'GN 2965' cast into the main base. The engine was used by the railroad to fill water tanks. It weighs 3600 pounds. Would appreciate any information on this engine, especially the model, horsepower, starting and adjustments. Myrl Miller, RR 2, Box A69, Odessa, WA 99159.

A. Although it is difficult to tell for sure, we suspect your engine is an old Type N Fairbanks-Morse model- this despite the 1924 casting date. The round connecting rod, and exceptionally long crank throw support our contention, and the main bearing caps appear to be of Type N heritage. Perhaps someone can verify our contention on the basis of the casting part number furnished by Mr. Miller.

23/2/22 B. A. Braude, RD 4, Box 232, Johnstown, PA 15905 would like to hear from someone regarding color scheme etc. on a Cushman Bean Special Cub, Model R30B, 4 hp, s/n A24533.

23/2/23 Bob Stapleton, HCR 521-9325 Chickasaw, Lucerne Valley, CA 92356 writes: I don't find the 'Gas Engine Guide' published by GEM to be very useful. What I need is a manual that shows how to start, tune, time and operate hit-and-miss engines.

A. Although we have a good idea of what you are looking for, we don't know of any such thing around. However, some of the reprinted engine instruction manuals are quite helpful, and since much of the information is the same from one engine to the next, we suggest this avenue of pursuit. For instance, a number of reprints are available on Fairbanks-Morse, Stover, or 1HC engines. All contain at least some of the information you seek.

23/2/24 Q. Can someone advise whether the book, The Bessemer Engine by Bert Hines is still available? It was reviewed in the March/April, 1979 GEM. Any information will be appreciated. Franklin L. Roof Jr., State Rt. 68 South, Kenton, OH 43326.