Ruston VRO Engine

Hello,
Not strictly a stationary engine perhaps but---I have some friends who want to dismantle a 4 VRO engine which dates from 1944. This has a
tunnel crankshaft and it looks like you need to pull the gears off the camshaft before removing the camshaft so it is a fairly complicated engine.
Has anyone dismantling one before or got a manual which gives some sort of sequence to follow?
Thanks Peter
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Peter,
you may find one listed here, if it is available it will cost you ten pounds towards the museum funds.
Martin P

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On Tue, 22 Sep 2009 16:43:53 +0100, "campingstoveman"

http://www.internalfire.com
is what Martin intended to include in his post.
Peter -- Peter A Forbes Prepair Ltd, Rushden, UK snipped-for-privacy@prepair.co.uk http://www.prepair.co.uk http://www.prepair.eu
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That's what you get when you are doing office work and dipping into interesting sites at the same time :-)) are you in residence the next two days.
Martin P

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wrote:

Thought that what was missing. Unfortunatly the site does not like my AOL, was registered but it wont let me in now. Trying to re-register
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On Tue, 22 Sep 2009 17:18:46 +0100, "campingstoveman"

Not planning on going anywhere, too much to do... :-))
Peter -- Peter & Rita Forbes Email: snipped-for-privacy@easynet.co.uk http://www.oldengine.org/members/diesel http://www.stationary-engine.co.uk http://www.oldengine.co.uk
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On Tue, 22 Sep 2009 08:11:41 -0700, Peter B wrote:

Heck, blast from the past, there. Wright's Hill Fortress in New Zealand have one that's stripped down, so they may have done this before (I can't be sure, because souvenir hunters[1] had actually stolen pistons from their pair of bigger 6VCR engines[2] before there was any kind of security or restoration effort on the site - I don't recall if the 4VRO had been similarly attacked and hence not subjected to the correct dismantling procedures!!)
Can make some enquiries if you want - I should really get back in touch with 'em anyway and see how things are progressing.
I think I might actually have a 4VRO manual, but I'm also pretty sure it's from Peter Forbes from the days when I was working at Wright's Hill...
[1] All of the copper went from the big generators and the electrical switchboard :( [2] Far as I know, they're still short of a set of 6VCR pistons, although I think they have enough for one engine, now, so there's a chance that one will run again one day.
It's really nice to hear that there's another 4VRO around! Big vertical Rustons from that period seem to be very rare - just about everyone collects the earlier, smaller stuff.
cheers
Jules
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wrote:

Hi Jules, Thanks for the report, heard of Wrights Hill Fort before for some reason or another, looked around there site and seen the bare block of the VRO.Pleased to hear that they have made progress in finding replacement parts. The one I am trying to find the info for is to replace an expired engine in a narrow gauge loco, the replacement is from a wartime generator and has done little work but has suffered some internal corrosion damage hence the dismantle. Made further enquiries and the general view is that it is unlikley that a true workshop manual existed for a VRO. The Moseley Railway Trust based at Apedale, Staffs, has a number of Ruston engined locos (including 4VRO) which were in operation on there open day a couple of weeks ago and made pleasant viewing.
Regards Peter
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On Thu, 24 Sep 2009 00:10:03 -0700, Peter B wrote:

Aha, yes - I took that photo in what, 2002 or so, on a crappy old (although new at the time and cost me an arm + leg) Fuji digital camera - quality of digitals has moved on somewhat in the meantime! I remember doing quite a bit of paint stripping work on that particular block, too...
I think I posted quite a few messages about the site here (and also to uk.rec.subterranea) when I was actively there (immigration plans didn't work out, so I eventually returned to the UK), so if you've been hanging about on either newsgroup that might be where you heard of the place.

Digging through some old emails, Ray Hooley was the chap to talk to about the VRO engines - he said (back in 2002) that he had full sets of manuals and all manner of spares parts. Contact info at:
http://www.oldengine.org/members/ruston/front.htm
If you want me to prod the chaps at Wright's Hill too, just let me know.
cheers
Jules
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