1910 12 HP Boardman-Monitor

Coolspring Spotlight: The rare and the beautiful from the Coolspring Power Museum

| August/September 2011

  • The Boardman-Montior has a flywheel with a weighted extension ring that helped the engine run smoother
    The Boardman-Montior has a flywheel with a weighted extension ring that helped the engine run smoother.
  • 1910 12 HP Boardman-Monitor
    1910 12 HP Boardman-Monitor
  • The 4-stroke conversion kit was one of the few that modified the original steam cylinder to operate on gas
    The 4-stroke conversion kit was one of the few that modified the original steam cylinder to operate on gas.

  • The Boardman-Montior has a flywheel with a weighted extension ring that helped the engine run smoother
  • 1910 12 HP Boardman-Monitor
  • The 4-stroke conversion kit was one of the few that modified the original steam cylinder to operate on gas

1910 12 HP Boardman-Monitor

Made by: Erie City Iron Works, Erie, PA (steam engine); Robert Boardman Co. Ltd., Oil City, PA (cylinder)
Year: 1910
Horsepower: 12
Bore: 8-1/2-inch
Stroke: 12-inch
Governing: Hand-throttled
Ignition: Hot tube

This Monitor steam engine was converted to gas by the Robert Boardman Co. Ltd. of Oil City, Pa.

Boardman was one of the few 4-stroke conversion companies that utilized the original steam cylinder. On top was the original oscillating steam valve, and due to the fact that the steam exhaust went down to the bottom of the frame, you had a ready-made water jacket. Boardman also bored the cylinder out and put two short sleeves on each end of the cylinder to block off the steam ports. An uncooled cylinder head was then fitted with the intake and exhaust valves.

Read more about this engine and 38 others in the new book, “Coolspring,” published by Gas Engine Magazine. It is available now at www.gasenginemagazine.com and at the Coolspring Fall Expo, Oct. 13-15, 2011.