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Old 11th June 2017, 13:33
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I've put this in my Dropbox for anyone interested

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Old 11th June 2017, 14:54
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As someone born and bred in Stafford, I appreciate that sketch at the beginning. Stafford was once an English Electric Town (locally known as the 'Ingo.') I can still relate some parts of that sketch to my memories.

Of course, it's mostly gone now. It's mostly B&Q and Maplin and Argus and houses.

Presumably that's progress ...... (but I have my doubts.)
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Old 11th June 2017, 15:50
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Well bugger me, I thought I knew a bit about diesel engines but this is a new one on me. You live and learn.
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Old 11th June 2017, 16:02
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Dormans was the prime Diesel Engine factory in Stafford, right next to the secondary modern school I attended. Many of my mates went into apprenticeships there. I believe it's still going, but now under the Perkins label.

One of the few factories left in the town.
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Old 11th June 2017, 18:37
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I wonder if the engines in Sudan or the Gold Coast are still running?
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Old 11th June 2017, 21:33
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I wonder if the engines in Sudan or the Gold Coast are still running?
There are some at a power station in Australia (Can't remember where) that are allegedly runnable. One in Napier that is not (That's the one I've seen, photos in "the other place") Some in the tunnels on Gibraltar and maybe, just maybe one in Naru that was replaced but not removed.
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Old 12th June 2017, 10:17
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sailed with Dormans, bloody troublesome. Perkins not much better. Fodens an absolute disaster. Gardiners were the cream of the crop, absolutely excellent and a pleasure to work on.
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Not worked on one and not even seen one but from what I have read best suited to shore installations for generating purposes in pairs for redundancy reasons.
Although I have read somewhere that one ran from 1925 till 1970, no mention of breakdown time
The workings sound more like those of a scissor lift.

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Old 12th June 2017, 20:12
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Put some photos of the Napier one in my gallery
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Most of then appear to have been sold within the Empire. The Japanese railway obviously did not strip theirs down and copy it, I wonder why.
Could it have been fitted to an Empire flying boat? That would have put manners on the fuzzy-wuzzies.
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Old 13th June 2017, 07:05
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Not quite an Empire class, but a seaplane fitted with an opposed piston engine https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Napier_Culverin
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I've put this in my Dropbox for anyone interested

https://www.dropbox.com/s/9ynkx5dt9c...ngine.pdf?dl=0
A bit like a LB Doxford with some of the fun removed; no spherical bearings, no mechanical fuel valves and no elastic crankshaft
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Gardiners were the cream of the crop, absolutely excellent and a pleasure to work on.
Skipper on a 94 ft private yacht that had a Gardiner 8L3B main, and a 4LW auxiliary gen set which also drove a hydraulic bow thruster when required. 4LW had arrangement for a manual start where compression relief vales were closed in the firing order as the engine manually cranked. Fortunately never had to use that as both engines started easily without any need for prior warming. Didn't have to do any major maintenance but did oil changes, etc. Not particularly a down side, but do remember sufficient leaky inspection cover gaskets to keep the injunroom bilges from rusting.
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