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Old 09-26-2006, 06:26:21 AM
Phillip Hutchinson Phillip Hutchinson is offline
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G'Day all,

I hope these piccies come through all ok, these 4 ruston hornsby suction gas engines are located in Murtoa, Victoria, Australia, the hp ratings are as follows 2 X 115 hp, 1x 66 hp, and 1 x 58 hp.

These engines are still on their original foundations, with a new shed erected over the top, the engines where used to drive a refridgeration plant in the murtoa meat works which opened around 1911. They have been modified to run on petrol, sorry GAS which they do pretty well apart from the occational earth shattering backfire. There is still one of the original amonia compressors on site, the other broke a crankshaft being replaced with a more modern hi speed compressor. The compressor's were driven by the 115 hp engines, with the 2 smaller ones driving dc generators to provide electricity to power cooling fans and lighting at 440 volts dc.
-- Regards, Phillip

P.S. I would like to dedicate this post to the members of the "Dunmuncle sump oilers" who carried out this great job of restoration.
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Old 09-26-2006, 10:26:52 AM
ronm ronm is offline
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Beautiful setup-it's good to see they were saved from the scrappers. And the "Dunmuncle sump oilers"-that's the best club name I've heard...
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Old 09-26-2006, 10:47:51 AM
John Merry John Merry is offline
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Wonderful engines! Sure would like to see them in person someday.
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Old 09-27-2006, 06:23:10 AM
sumpoiler sumpoiler is offline
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hi all
it is actually spelt dunmunkle is the name of the former shire the club has done a fantanstic job to the engines and the site over the last few engine shed(old one was falling down) new toilet block etc.

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