Coolspring Spotlight Circa-1896 3 hp Warren No. 1

A circa-1896 3 hp Warren brought to the museum in 1993 is a very rare inverted-vertical engine.

| October/November 2018

  • The rare and the beautiful from the Coolspring Power Museum.
    Photo courtesy of the Gas Engine Magazine staff
  • Mike Fuoco’s Circa-1896 3 hp Warren No. 1.
    Photo courtesy of the Gas Engine Magazine staff
  • Various views of the Warren showing the hot tube ignition and mechanical intake and exhaust valve operation.
    Photo courtesy of the Gas Engine Magazine staff
  • Various views of the Warren showing the hot tube ignition and mechanical intake and exhaust valve operation.
    Photo courtesy of the Gas Engine Magazine staff
  • Various views of the Warren showing the hot tube ignition and mechanical intake and exhaust valve operation.
    Photo courtesy of the Gas Engine Magazine staff

Circa- 1896 3 hp Warren No. 1

Manufacturer: Struthers-Wells & Co., Warren, PA
Year: 1896
Serial No.: 20
Horsepower: 3
Bore: 5in
Stroke: 7in
Owner: Mike Fuoco


One of only two known extant, this very unusual inverted-vertical engine was purchased new by E.B. Sage to power a small shop for his farm and oil lease. The engine – through use of a line shaft – operated a pipe threader, grinding wheel and forge blower. The shop was located a few miles east of Bradford, Pennsylvania.

The engine was brought to the Coolspring Power Museum in 1993.


Learn about this engine and 38 others in Coolspring: Discovering America’s Finest Antique Engine Museum, Vol. 2.