Stationary Engine Mailing List


| October/November 1999



e-mail helen@insulate.co.uk

The Stationary Engine Mailing List is an Internet mailing list, consisting, at present, of about 300 people around the world. Basically, it works like this: any one of the List members can send an e-mail to the central computer at ATIS (Antique Tractor Internet Service), and each mail is then automatically sent out to every list member. It does mean a high volume of mail--up to 80-100 e-mails per day-- but information can be sought and replies received within the hour.

Recently, one of the 'threads' of discussion was GEM, how its content has changed over the years and how it could be improved. It seemed that most people take GEM or one of the other national engine magazines, SEM in the UK and TOMM in Australia, and had an opinion on the content of them. The engine List is 'home' to collectors of all levels of experience, from those looking for advice on buying their first engine to experts in specialist fields, and most would like to see GEM covering an equally wide range. To let the contributors to the discussion speak for themselves. . . .

A basket case is my kind of engine. If more of us, myself included, would write about our successes, GEM would be a better magazine.

GEM has been leaning to more of a lawnmower magazine for the last year or so. I have a problem with endless show news and pictures of machines at shows with no description of the machines in those pictures. Of course, I could contribute to GEM but I don't have that much to talk about or show. Now that sounds like a cop out!

The two that I really enjoy are Stationary Engine Magazine from the UK and The Old Machinery Mart from OZ. They are both more focused and professional.