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Inventory of Stationary Engines as at October 2004

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1-Ruston & Hornsby
Size 450 Class AP No.127704
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2-Massey Harris C34
No.75351
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3-1938 Fairbanks-Morse
Eclipse  No.808205
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4-Ruston & Hornsby PR
No.160188
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5-Frank Hartop H
No.8391

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6-Cushman Cub R30
No.A148564

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7-1924 Petter Junior
No.53711
stat_engin_088-1920 Russell Newbery
No.801
stat_engin_09 9-1948 International Harvester LB
& MH4 Grinder. No.LBA137817
stat_engin_10 10-Massey Harris Type 2
No.6K3315
stat_engin_11 11-1926 Fairbanks-Morse Z
No.659816
stat_engin_12 12-1945 Fairbanks-Morse Z Style O
  No.867453
stat_engin_13 13-Lister Sheep Shearing Set
  No.30AHK2
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14-1919 Fairbanks-Morse Z 
No.396848
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15-1941 Fairbanks-Morse Z Style C 
No.827673
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16-Ruston & Hornsby 1X Class HR
  No.248520
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17-1960 Wolseley (Vetsak) WD8
No.58229
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18-Lister LD
No.7990
stat_engin_19 19-1959 Lister 6/1 Electric Flywheel
No.4201619
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20-National Lighting Plant
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21-1962-Lister 6/1
No.261512
stat_engin_22 22-Yanmar NT10
No. F2979
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23-Sendeling DM10
No.84754
stat_engin_24 24-Uniporn Diesel Type O
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25-Wolseley (Boeresake) WLB8
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26-1934 Lister D / Lister Generator Spec13D2T
No.D1120127
stat_engin_27 27-International Harvester LB 
No.LB122868
stat_engin_28 28-1930 Lister D Spec 12D
No.94452
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29-1928 Lister Spec83K
No.74057
stat_engin_30 30-Ruston & Hornsby PB
stat_engin_31 31-Lister A Tank Cooled
No.872AK4
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32-1920 Blackstone Hot Bulb
No.143410
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33-Texaco Chariot


List of Stationary Engines with Neville Botha

- The Bentall Maize Mill, Model 557.

- Blue Bentall (Oats Roller) , Model XRSE (SE for Sandstone Estates).
Made by Bentall & Co. Ltd, Heybridge, England.

- BMA Oats Roller Mill with electric motor (colour green). Made by R.
Hunt & Company Ltd, Earls Colne, England.

- Rusty red colour - Massey Harris mielie grinder (Brown colour) No. 6
(Safim Massey Harris No. 6 Grinder, Vreneka, South Africa)

- John Deere Mielie Sheller, No. 6694-C.

- Silver Manufacturing Company. Salim, Ohio. No. 8 Model. Shaft
Cutter - Patent D March 25 1890.

Maize Sheller (Made in United States of America). Northson Junior.
All wood.

Sandstone Heritage Trust - Stationary Engines

Click here to view an Inventory of Stationary engines as at June 2006.

SOUTH AFRICAN STATIONARY ENGINE SCENE 2004

Stationary Engine Collecting, Restoration and Showing in South Africa probably differs from most other countries. There are not many committed collectors, separated by huge distances, and perhaps too many engines to go around? We also have a thriving scrap-metal industry, so it's often a race against time to secure these engines and related pieces of driven equipment, before the scrappie does!

Engines and Machinery come from all parts of the world, with almost no indigenous models. UK and USA manufacturers were well represented here, so we see plenty of Listers, Petters, Ruston & Hornsbys alongside Internationals and Fairbanks Morse. European makes such as Deutz, Sendeling and Bernard are frequently found, but only occasionally from further afield. Eastern European types are very scarce, and as Southern Cross had a branch in Bloemfontein, we see them, but seldom any other Australian, and no New Zealand models.

Driven machines are often similar to those seen elsewhere, generators of famous makes like Bruston and Siemens Schuckert are popular, grain and feed mills by Bentall and Richmond & Chandler, feedcutters, balers and other crop-based machinery. Pumps are also popular, both centrifugal and reciprocating, as well as working-heads for boreholes, or Kragkoppe as we call them.

 

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Just occasionally, something really rare turns up, causing a stir with the international experts; the only surviving example of one model of Southern Cross engine, and an early 20th century Wafflard engine from Belgium, being two examples. Recently a rare Pasley engine dating from 1909, and an Ellwe from Sweden have turned up.

We are in constant contact with a helpful band of these experts in many countries, and many enthusiasts subscribe to overseas magazines such as Stationary Engine Magazine in England, Gas Engine Magazine in the USA, The Old Machinery Magazine in Australia and Vintage Scene in New Zealand. I compile an informal web-based newsletter called Paraffinalia, www.paraffinaila.org which anybody can receive direct, free, by writing to me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

We are encouraged by news that the Sandstone Heritage Trust is in the process of building a dedicated Stationary Engine Museum at Sandstone Estates in the Eastern Freestate, and hope it will become a magnet for some very special pieces of equipment.

Shows are often at people's private houses, sometimes museums have open days, and often displays are mounted along with old tractors at Agricultural Shows. There are several clubs around the country, either dedicated Stationary Engine clubs, or as parts of the Vintage Tractor movement.