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Edward Humphries

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Portable engine, Works No. 219, at the Great Dorset Steam Fair, 2017
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Note the heat exchanger which uses exhaust steam to heat the incoming feed water
Note the neat cylinder drain cock operating rod and the unusual pipe connector on the exhaust pipe
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Original boiler and firebox of Works No. 219
Name plate.
Name plate.

Makers of agricultural machinery, stationary and portable steam engines, of Atlas Works, Pershore.

See also E. Humphries and Co.

A restored Edward Humphries portable engine was displayed at the Great Dorset Steam Fair in 2017. See photos. The construction date is given as 1850. It was supplied new to the Collins family of Inkberrow, and worked until 1915. It was bought by Mr A. Sparkes in 1993, who restored it. The old boiler was beyond repair, and was replaced by a new one made by Mendip Steam Restoration in 1995. The original boiler was displayed alongside the new engine in 2017.

Portable engine at Mr Bowkley’s Sawmill, Belbroughton. [1]

1861 Exhibited at the Royal Agricultural Society of England meeting in Leeds - exhibited combined threshing, winnowing, etc machines with portable steam engines by Clayton Shuttleworth[2]

1896/7 Introduced the Atlas i/c engine.

See Also


Sources of Information

  1. Plate 151, 'Stationary Steam Engines of Great Britain, Volume 6: The South Midlands', by George Watkins, Landmark Publishing Ltd
  2. The Farmer's Magazine, 1861