1909 Reid Engine

Coolspring Spotlight: 1909 15 HP Reid engine with Fairchild & Betts pumping power on display at the Coolspring Power Museum.

| December 2013/January 2014

Manufacturer: Joseph Reid, Gas Engine Co., Oil City, Pa.
Year: 1909
Serial Number: 4968
HP: 15
Bore: 8-1/2-inch
Stroke: 8-inch
Ignition: Hot tube
Governing: Throttle

Demonstrating the technique of pumping oil wells by rod line pump jacks is a 1909 15 HP Reid with Fairchild & Betts pumping power, located in the Replica Oil Lease at the Coolspring Power Museum.

Owner Ken Uplinger restored the Reid’s original reversing clutch, which allows the motion of the clutch pulley to be stopped and then reversed without altering the direction of the engine.

The Fairchild & Betts oil field pumping power is a turntable mechanism that converts rotary motion to the back and forth motion of the rod lines to pump the individual oil wells.

Read more about this engine and 38 others in Coolspring, published by Gas Engine Magazine.

Contact the Coolspring Power Museum at PO Box 19, Coolspring, PA 15730, (814) 649-6883


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