A VISIT TO THE SECOND GREAT STATIONARY ENGINE RALLY LONGLEAT, WILTSHIRE, ENGLAND

SCENES FROM ENGLAND'S SECOND GREAT STATIONARY ENGINE RALLY, JUNE 1981

| July/August 1982

  • Blackstone Hot Bulb 2HP
    Blackstone Hot Bulb 2HP 1912; J. & E. Thorpe, Bridgwater. Somerset
  • House is in the background.
    An area of the rally grounds at Longleat, taken on Friday before many of the engines had arrived. Longleat House is in the background.
  • Jean and Roger Kriebel of Harleysville
    Jean and Roger Kriebel of Harleysville, PA, looking at a very popular type D Lister engine.
  • It drew a lot of attention
    Although this Rover gas turbine, 60 HP is not very old, it drew a lot of attention whenever it was started because of the noise and smoke. Built in 1956 it really burned the grass around it.
  • It was beautifully restored
    A late model Ruston Hornsby engine. It was beautifully restored like so many of the engines in Great Britain.
  • It is a very rare engine
    Could you have guessed this 10 HP Souter came all the way from Scotland for the rally at Longleat? It is a very rare engine-only three of these are known to exist.
  • It is a fantastic
    Although these Gardner engines are not sideshafts, they are just as well-built. It is a fantastic, much sought after engine in Great Britain.
  • Hornsby Hot Bulb Oil 1HP 1914
    Hornsby Hot Bulb Oil 1HP 1914; A. Nolan, Southport, Merseyside
  • Ransomes Wizard, 4HP 1923: C. Armour. Colchesterv'
    Ransomes Wizard, 4HP 1923: C. Armour. Colchester, Essex
  • Carter Oil Engine, 6HP 1894'
    Carter Oil Engine, 6HP 1894; M. E. Pratt, Hurstpier Point. Sussex

  • Blackstone Hot Bulb 2HP
  • House is in the background.
  • Jean and Roger Kriebel of Harleysville
  • It drew a lot of attention
  • It was beautifully restored
  • It is a very rare engine
  • It is a fantastic
  • Hornsby Hot Bulb Oil 1HP 1914
  • Ransomes Wizard, 4HP 1923: C. Armour. Colchesterv'
  • Carter Oil Engine, 6HP 1894'

Route 1, Box 66, Prairie du Sac, Wisconsin 53578.

What a coincidence! The Second Great Stationary Engine Rally at Longleaf was held during the same three weeks my wife, Pearlie, and I chose to vacation in Great Britain as a special 25th wedding anniversary trip. Leave it to an engine enthusiast to figure that out!

We departed from Minneapolis on June 15, late in the afternoon, and arrived at Gatwick Airport, south of London, early June 16.

Upon arrival we were met by Brian Money and his wife, Vern. Although we had corresponded for many years, Brian and I had never met. They took us to their home near Chipping Norton, Oxon, which is about 90 miles northwest of London. It is located in the very picturesque Cottswold area of England. During the three weeks we vacationed in Great Britain, it was the Money's home that was our headquarters and 'home away from home.'



Five days were spent traveling with the Moneys in and around the Cottswolds. We enjoyed seeing the lush, green countryside, the quaint well-kept villages, and the beautiful older homes. There was an abundance of flowering roses in the villages, and many thatched roofs are seen. During these days and the rest of the trip we found that the local pub was the best place to go for your food. Each one seemed to have a personality all of its own, and the food was usually superb.

One day we spent traveling to Birmingham where we visited the Museum of Science and Industry. Here there were many very good examples of the earliest British engines. I was most impressed with the nice restoring and the fact that many of these engines-both large and small-were operated on a regular schedule.



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