Early Gas Engine, c.1880s
Disused Marble Quarry, Iona, Inner Hebrides
The images show a very early Fielding and Platt Gas Engine at the disused marble quarry on the south coast of Iona, Inner Hebrides, Scotland. The producer gas is Carbon Monoxide – safe enough in the open air – produced usually by burning charcoal with a limited air supply and feeding it into a cylinder where it powers a piston, just as in the petrol engine.
The quarry hasn’t been worked since the end of World War I and all the machinery used in the quarrying was left on site.
It is probably an example of the earliest equipment Fielding and Platt manufactured in the 1880s.
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