A. D. Mast Urges Gas Engine Education

| March/April 1986

  • 40 HP Reeves and generator
    Photo courtesy of Preston Foster.
    Preston Foster
  • A. D. Mast
    A. D. Mast.

  • 40 HP Reeves and generator
  • A. D. Mast

Education, through 'Hands on' inspection and lectures which inform as well as entertain, are seen by A. D. Mast as basic to keeping the interest of young people in antique engines.

Mast, a longtime member of the Rough and Tumble Historical Engineers' Association at Kinzers, Pa., believes that demonstrations of the way engines work are important.

'No stationary gas engines are being produced today,' he notes. 'The young people are not being properly shown how this old equipment was used. We should go into much greater detail than we do. It is not enough to have the engines for people to look at and not touch.'

Mast's collection, which he started 35 years ago, now entertains thousands annually through the events of R & T, and at special sessions he provides for either people who drop in at the grounds, or groups that arrange in advance.

His equipment on view includes engines, pumps, compressors, generators, tractors, a road roller and others. His purpose is to show how they made the burden lighter, and life more enjoyable for everyone.

Retired from Sperry New Holland as a project engineer in the R & D 'sand box', he has numerous pieces he can exhibit and demonstrate at R & T. These include stationary engines such as Meitz & Weiss, Buck, New Holland, Olin, Klein, DeLa-Vergne, Fairbanks Morse, Mogul, Domestic, Reeves, Otto, Columbus, Cook, Lauson, Half Breed and others. His rolling stock includes Hart-Parr, Rumely 6, a 15-ton Austin road roller and Model G OilPull.