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

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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

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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.



Features

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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.

This line of industrial duty engines featured a patented throttling governing system, semi-steel cylinders and a choice of low or high tension ignition. Note also the open crankcase design.

 

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History

This particular natural gas engine, plus an identical second unit, drove DC generators in Columbia Gas Co.’s Grimes Compressor Station near Athens, Ohio. The electricity generated powered the lighting, air compressors and water pumps. It was brought to Coolspring in 1974.

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


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