A Brief Word

| April/May 1999

By now, you have probably seen our advertising for the 1999 tour to England in June. You've probably noticed too, that we are only taking one coach for a maximum of about 44 people. If you are interested in joining us, refer to the last issue of GEM for our address (or that of Wade Farm Tours) and let us know. We have printed brochures on hand and will be glad to send one to you.

We personally know many of the folks you will see and places you will visit . . . we think that this particular tour of England might be called, 'The Cream of England.' The price is very reasonable for a 16 day tour, and we think you will find it very enjoyable. For instance, we'll be seeing our old friend, Ron Knight. He has a substantial tractor and machinery collection. Some areas of England have a climate that rusts machinery to an unbelievable degree, yet these folks take the time to patiently restore their old iron. Ron blames this premature rusting on the 'iron moth' and perhaps he's right!

See the photo of a two-cylinder Nordberg diesel engine. This illustration is from the February 1951 issue of Diesel Progress. In the accompanying article it is noted that Nordberg had already placed a single-cylinder model on the market. This 4FS series of engines rated the single-cylinder model at 10 horsepower. The 4FS2 model shown here was capable of handling a generator of 15 to 20 kw. We are curious if anyone has run across any of the 4FS Nordberg engines, or whether any still exist.

From our extensive files of Diesel Progress we also show you an illustration of the 40 horsepower, four-cylinder Witte Diesel. It appears in the October 1940 issue of Diesel Progress. We have the Witte Diesel file cards and have determined that a relatively small number were built and that a number of them were returned to the company as being unsatisfactory. We don't know the nature of the problem(s) encountered by this engine, nor do we know why the company apparently gave up on the design, rather than come up with a solution to the problem.

In studying various information on the four-cylinder design, it appears that it used a number of parts common to the single-cylinder vertical engines of the time. However, no drawings are to be found for the four-cylinder, nor are there any manuals or parts books. The ONLY information we have is the file cards for each engine sold, and the notes on various cards have provided few clues.

Witte 4-Cyl. Diesel Progress 10/40

Nordberg 4FS2 Diesel progress 2/51

Have any of our readers ever seen one of these engines? Do any still exist? What sort of problems were experienced with these engines?