01/06/2019. Woolpit Steam Fair 2019

We returned again this year to the Woolpit Steam Rally in Suffolk. There was an impressive line up of engines as always. Here is a selection of what I saw on the day

25/09/2018. Pump Possibilities


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Argosy Domestic Pump

Several weeks ago, I eventually located a pump for sale on eBay that was relatively local to me, most of them that I’d previously seen having been at the opposite end of the country! Having been the successful bidder, the pump was duly collected and put in the shed.

Only now have I got around to having a look at it. It’s an Argosy domestic water pump, and was sold as spares/repair due to it not turning freely. I wasn’t overly concerned about this, because it was always my intention to strip it down and thoroughly service it anyway.

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Rust galore!


Having removed the top cover, I was instantly greeted by loads of rust! Subsequent removal of various other components has established that the stiffness in movement is caused by the piston in the bore. This shouldn’t be a major issue to resolve, providing that I can safely extract it.

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The main pump components removed

I hope to be able to salvage all the components, clean up the internals, and thoroughly grease the moving parts. I will also rub down, prime and paint the exterior. This will at long last provide a job for my D-type to do! I will post some more updates as I progress with the work

02/06/2018. Woolpit Steam Fair

This was a first for me. A fairly local event, about 30 miles from my home, that I’d never been to before. I’m glad I went as it turned out to be a fantastic show, plenty of exhibits and an excellent selection of Stationary Engines to view. I’ve made a short video which can watch by clicking below. What made this event even more special is that it is outstanding value at £5 for the Saturday and £6 on Sunday. This is significantly less than many other shows that I attend.

22/04/18. Eastern Counties Vintage Show

The weekend of 21st & 22nd April 2018 heralded the return of the Eastern Counties Vintage Show, held at the Norfolk Showground near Costessey, Norwich.

This show features vintage & classic commercial vehicles, vintage & classic cars, motorbikes, tractors, military vehicles, tractor pulling and of course, the good old stationary engine section.

There were a good range of engines on display, all of which can be seen in this short video I have uploaded to YouTube. 

23/12/17. Christmas Crank Up!

For the final time this year I took the opportunity to get the Lister out and give it one last run in 2017, just in time for Christmas. You can watch the video on YouTube

I would like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a very happy new year!

I will be back with some new posts in 2018 as I have a few more jobs to do on the Lister. Who knows, I may even be looking for another engine!