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Coolspring Spotlight: Circa-1910 40hp Reeves

Vertical engines like this one at the Coolspring Power Museum powered lighting, air compressors, and water pumps in compressor stations.

| October/November 2019


Circa-1910 40hp Reeves

Manufacturer: Hope Forge and Machine Co., Mt. Vernon, OH
Year: Circa 1910
Serial No.: 4071
Horsepower: 40
Bore: 9-1/2 in
Stroke: 11in
Owner: Paul Harvey


Organized in 1907 as the Reeves Engineering Co. of Columbus, Ohio, and later as Hope Forge & Machine Co. of Mt. Vernon, Ohio, this company produced a line of heavy duty 1- to 4-cylinder vertical engines. Little is known of the history of the company or the extent of the product line.


The Reeves line of industrial duty engines featured a patented throttling governing system, semi-steel cylinders and a choice of low or high tension ignition.


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