Oil Field Engine News

More on Reid Engines


| December/January 2001



Two-cylinder Ajax

The two-cycle, two-cylinder Ajax that Bill Anderson spied in Texas, still in regular service.

This month I included a couple of photos sent to the Society by Bill Anderson of Marshall, Mo. Bill is a self-described big engine nut. The first is his 15 HP left-hand Reid, which he restored. The second photo is of a two-cylinder, two-cycle Ajax of unknown horsepower, seen by Anderson along the highway near Eden, Texas, still running, still doing it's duty.

'I love to see these big engines still working,' Anderson says, 'it shows a lot about the ingenuity and genius of the men who built them, and the mechanics who keep them running.'

Bill Anderson's 15 HP left-hand Reid. The left-hand designation applies to the location of the charge cylinder. Reid's could be ordered with the charge cylinder on either side.

Continuing the subject last month on Dugald Clerk and the two-cycle engine he developed, which was used extensively in the oil fields as the Joseph Reid gas engine: The Reid gas engine was enormously popular in the oil fields, and the Reid company advertised it as the 'Standard of the field.' This month I have included a biography of Joseph Reid. Joseph Reid was an industrialist and innovator such as society has not seen in many years - he built machines which would set an example for all others for years to come. I hope you enjoy reading about him as much as I did. Thanks go out to John Burns of New Carlisle, Ohio, for his help in compiling the information for this article.

As always, I encourage you to send in your photos and experiences with oil field engines, and if you'd like a free membership in the Oil Field Engine Society - the 'Oafs' -please send an SASE to my address below. You can visit the OFES at www.oilfieldengine.com.

Contact Russell L. Farmer, The Oil Field Engine Society, at: 1231 Banta's Creek Rd., Eaton, OH 45320-9701, or e-mail at: oilengine@voyager.net.