This will be the engine that I watched running in a driveway at a private residence in Perth and it had just changed owners prior to my seeing it.Paul ,I know of three ,the earliest of these was kept at a museum near Toodyay and was owned by Rex Downey ,now deceased . It was sold but where it is now I have no idea ,it was a very early one ,girder type .
Thanks Winchester and Ray for those photo's.The early girder style 6.5hp was owned by an acquaintance while he lived there in Perth.It might be 10 years ago when I was there looking at it?Paul interesting you mention the engine running in the drive way of a private residence.............I am sure that would have been at the home of the late Bert Tyler who was the driving force in the restoration of that engine, the same engine depicted in the photo's submitted by Ray Freeman and yours truly. The engine belonging to Rex Downie was of the ''Girder '' type and a very early model. Rex had a private museum called the ''Barn'' near Tooday east of Perth, I would assume that Rex may have passed on and the museum content sold .....I may be incorrect in this assumption.
There was indeed a third Ackroyd engine and I am hoping I can find a photo or at least some detail to satisfy your interest.
Inter Bloke,i think your suspicion would most likely prove to be right about the age of that engine?It is getting fairly late with the number #9279.Certainly it's early enough to be an Akroyd patent engine.It's most likely a 1904 arrival here, possibly only a few months earlier than Tranters portable Akroyd?Mine has a shipping date in 1903 with the number #6988.Winchester and Paul,
I did a bit of "Googling" to see if I could identify the old Hornsby I remembered as a teenager training as a "grease monkey" while attending Carlisle tech and I believe I may have found out a little. It was presented to the Carlisle technical school by Sandovers and is a 3.5 HP Hornsby Akroyd with the number 9279. They have given it a date of 1900, but I wouldn't be surprised if it is actually later.
Anyway, I remember it being painted red, but as I said before no idea if they even knew or tried to find out if that was correct.
Gday Merv,that's certainly a picture worth sharing,thanks.
It was there Easter 2016 when I was last there, Graham. Pretty sure that one has a unique crank in it too being forged from a single piece of bar, but don't quote me on that.Paul seems to be right, the Old Machinery club on their website state number 1951 for their engine.
Probably just a case of crossed numbers in the notebook, I know its happened to me a few times.
Is it out at the heritage park ?
I have been out there on one of their open days but don't recall seeing this engine !
I suppose I was getting dragged from pillar to post by the kids and must have been dragged right past it if it was there !
I will have a look when I can get to the heritage park, I am a bit miffed that it must have been there and I missed it !I suppose you know where on the engine you might find the hp stamped?
Let us know please?