Coolspring Spotlight

The rare and the beautiful from the Coolspring Power Museum

| December 2006

The Titan

Manufacturer: Bovaird & Co.,
Bradford, Pa.
Year: circa 1925
Horsepower: 25
Serial number: S109
Bore: 12-inch
Stroke: 19-inch
Flywheel diameter: 66 inches

It is interesting to note that "Titan" is cast in the head in large letters, but the nameplate is labeled "The Bovaird." History reveals that very few were built and only in the 25 HP size.

There is a very close similarity between the Titan and the Superior oil field engine. In fact, some parts interchange. The Titan's unique feature is the large eccentric on the sideshaft, which operates the topside rocker arm that controls the intake and gas valve. It also has an exhaust-ported cylinder, which is unusual for a throttle-governed engine. This engine was belted to a band wheel oil well pumping power that operated about 20 wells. Located just north of Bradford, and across the Pennsylvania/New York state line, one could actually see Route 219 and the famous old "Cow Palace" dance hall.

The engine was brought to the Coolspring Power Museum in the mid-1970s by John Wilcox and Paul Harvey. That was a cold December day with about 12 inches of snow on the ground, reaching a high of 8 degrees Fahrenheit in the mid-afternoon. It was restored by museum member Craig Montgomery, and now runs beautifully.

Contact the Coolspring Power Museum at:
P.O. Box 19, Coolspring, PA 15730;
(814) 849-6883;