SEM arrived this morning. An interesting and varied issue, I thought.
In the classifieds, there is a WW1 Douglas engine, sans Marconi generator
but otherwise in very good order.
Don't all rush at once, he wants a thousand quid for it!
I was going to give him a ring, I don't think I'll waste his time now!
That's about the fifth time this week I've been shocked at the prices some
people are asking (and paying) for our prized possessions.
I noted in SEM also a Lister trolley going for £150! Nice, but is it really
This is not a first Mark, genuine trolleys can command good money at auctions.
I would say that £150 is over the top,
but the seller might come down a bit from the stated price. I bought a genuine
Lister trolley recently for half that
price, which I felt was good value. People often underestimate the cost of
making a trolley, finding good wheels,
turning axles, buying decent wood and providing some steering is not cheap and
can be time consuming.
The fact that most engines were fixed to a concrete foundation, rather than
being bought as portables means that
original trolleys are less common than engines, so can be expensive.
I'm an anorak about original trolleys and feel the engine make a much better
display mounted on the proper type of
trolley for the engine.
"Mark Howard" wrote in message
You make a good point.
I made a trolley recently after I found some nice cast wheels in a scrap
yard (£35). You're right, if you take into account the price of about 10 ft
of oak (not cheap at all) and all of the other bits and pieces it probably
cost the best part of £75 to £100 to build - that's obviously not taking
into account the time. And at the end of it all, you have hopefully a nice
repro. but not an original.
Maybe £150 is not all that bad!
auctions. I would say that £150 is over the top,
genuine Lister trolley recently for half that
making a trolley, finding good wheels,
cheap and can be time consuming.
than being bought as portables means that
better display mounted on the proper type of
I'm particularly proud of my lambs-tongue stopped chamfers (made with
a spokeshave) on timber framing work. So I was _most_ unhappy to hear
them once referred to as router work !
I know what you mean though. Once you've seen one over-enthusiastic
application of the bearing-guided roman ogee, you've seen them all.
I came across this picture some time ago while researching my similar
had been wondering how drive was carried from the engine to the
generator with a horse in the way! I thought perhaps the frame was for
transport only and the units were bolted to a base for use. But a recent
visit to the Royal Sigs museum at Blandford camp produced a picture of the
set in use with the frame sitting on the ground and a large diameter
(probably tubular) drive shaft running between the units. I guess that the
drive shaft must have been removed for transport, either that or a specially
adapted horse was required ;-)
Wonder if this chap has sold his engine yet, I can't believe it will fetch
what he is asking, mine came as a swap for a none too good Stuart R4 on a
gen set base (no dynamo), which was probably worth less than £100.
I did make him an offer and said I'd negotiate to some extent and he
responded by suggesting that he might come down a bit - but it was only a
bit! He has a collection of aero engines from the early years of the last
century and veteran and vintage cars that was started by his father, so his
bar is set several notches higher than most of ours ;o))
It appeared that he was basing his figures on the fact that a six cylinder
car magneto had cost him nearly five hundred quid and therefore an engine
was worth more than that. As the would-be vendee, I was not in a good
position to disabuse him of this stance!
He also said that he'd already had a couple of interested calls and - like
me - their first question was "does it have the generator fitted"! He
thought that was very odd as it wasn't going to be used purposefully, after