After a short break of around 10 years I took a couple of engines to a small
village fete a mile up the road from me.
To carry out this one day function has required .---
The purchase of two engines
rebuild of one
minor work on the other
total and expensive trailer rebuild
re-joining a S.E. club (insurance).
The Barr and Stroud is running better altho still smoky at low revs (I'm
beginning to think it was designed that way)
I am running it for around 10-15 mins at a time.Maybe I can run an electric fan
off the alternator to extend the
Pics of engines at todays event on link below
I like do's like that, next Saturday afternoon I will take my engines, maybe
three to the church Fete. its a bit macabre sat amoungst the old head stones
but the church elders ask me along every year and ther locals like to chat
about what they do.
Where was your do?
In the grounds of the Manor house In the centre of Queen Charlton (Profits in
aid of church roof/village hall).
All the usual attractions,local brass band
Dick King Smith (local celeb of Sheep pig fame) signing books
All in all a very pleasant day
Just returned from a little 3 month, 12,500 km trip per Toyota Landcruiser
and 17' caravan. Left Perth (west coast of Western Australia) early march,
proceeded across the big paddock (Nullarbor Plains) to Melbourne where we
visited son Dean & D-in-L Anne, spent a glorious day at the Tyabb Warbirds
Air Show (all 7 of Australia's flying Mustangs, a Spit. (one of only 2 in
Oz), various Wirraways, Trojans, the only flying Boomerang in the world, a
Vampire, Tigers, Chippies, Harvards. They put on a dog-fight against MIG's
and Yaks, and Chinese Yumchar things, while the army was shooting up flak
(imitation, I hope, but spectacular). The sights and sounds were marvellous.
My ears are still ringing.
Then proceeded north via Echuca (trip on a historic paddle steamer with a
proper Allan(?) steam engine on the Murray River), thence ever northwards
through NSW, visited the Parkes Astromomy, two days traversing a locust
plague, overnight at Lightning Ridge Opal fields, thence to my home town of
Roma in Queensland. Couple of weeks there visiting rellies and with my
brother, rediscovering a couple of sheep-station homesteads where we used to
go for holidays at Surat. Couldn't find the old Tangye they used to cut
firewood with, but the Boulton Paul 32 volt generator set was still there,
now unused since grid power arrived.
Then to Maroochydore (the Sunshine Coast north of Brisbane), then back down
to Brisbane for 4 weeks with the grandkids there. While there, helped my son
& D-i-L renovate their old "Queenslander" house, which involved me in
exercising some of my rusty electrical installation skills.Visited the
historic Ipswich Railway Workshops, then spent a day helping with research
at the Queensland Energy Museum in Brisbane, also a day with the Queensland
Aviation Museum at Caboolture where I was able to present them with some
very old 35mm slides of a Victa Airtourer which they now have in
preservation. I was taken right through the workshops and hangers behind the
museum to my utter delight.
From Bris., westward to Toowoomba where I eventually located the site of the
Cooby Creek Satellite Tracking Station where I worked from 1966 to 1970.
Only overgrown tarmac now and a scattering of concrete foundations in the
middle of the bush. Found the oil-stained concrete pads where we had the
D398 Caterpillar and the 71 series V-12 GM 60-cycle alternator sets, and the
power vans which contained the four Garrett Gas turbine generator sets. I
plan to match the photos I took with some originals I had taken when we were
in operation. Visited an old mate at Crows Nest who still rides his Army
Beeser he had when we were lads, as well as an immaculate Willys Jeep. I
asked him if he knew the whereabouts of some of the 80-odd 31 hp horizontal
National BPAE diesels such as those I operated from 1958 to 1966 at Wandoan.
He replied that he had 5 of them!
Next day he took me to visit a remarkable (retired) engineer near Dalby who
has a farm-yard literally crammed with old engines of all types and sizes,
mostly open crank horizontals, but including a radial Guilberson diesel
which he ran. Talk about noise! It really barked out of the open stubs. He
also had one of "my" Nationals complete with 20kVA Mawdsley alternator and
switchboard, but not rigged up as yet. He builds little mechanical oddities,
such as a constant-speed one-toothed pinion gear set, and a drive shaft
assembly which reverses the direction of rotation of a shaft three times
including two 90° corners, without the use of gears! Marvellous!
This chap has built a little model diesel, for which he made every part
himself, including the fuel pumps and injectors. This is a "proper" diesel.
How did he drill the little injector holes? He said he used the
"needle-scratch" method. If interested, ask me about this - I'd better not
expand this epistle over much now.
Also visited the Oakey Army Aviation Museum. I had previously been in
contact with the Curator when I found out that they had the remains of the
experimental aeroplane VH-SCA built by the Southern Cross factory (Toowoomba
Foundry) in the 60's. I had slides of this on its test flights, which I was
able to present to them. They are doing a marvellous job of restoring her.
Turned for home again, south out of Queensland, turned right in NSW, through
Broken Hill, kept aiming west until we hit the Indian Ocean again.
Peter asked "Did I bring any iron home?" Well, not for the want or
inclination, but was severly restricted by weight/space and in the interests
of domestic equanimity, I brung home only loads of photographs and glorious
memories (except for a couple of minor items not yet revealed to the glare
Sorry for the length of this, but I don't know how to say it all more
"Mike.H" wrote (snip):-
beginning to think it was designed that way)
electric fan off the alternator to extend the
It is odd being innocent of anything to stir a token breeze around the
cylinder - does it show any signs of over heating after a 10-15 min blast?
Don't forget that if the application is emergency spark Tx. then it would
indeed be running at constant speed but at low duty cycle.
Good pics & nice to see that Graham Dawes still spreading Petter Spots about
I was doing Saxon things at the Prebendal Manor House at Nassington near
Peterborough. We had two days of stunningly good weather and I had an easy
drive home at the end of it. This was mainly due to the football, I think &
although I loath and detest anything to do with it, if it keeps the
motorways clear, then God bless Beckham, I say!