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 Рsafe enough in the open air Рproduced 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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  • The engine is 14″ bore x 23″ stroke and was used to drive a stone cutting plant built by Anderson of Arbroath in 1896. The cutting frame can be seen in the background of the middle picture.

    By Trevor Hill (22/10/2013)

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