Vintage stationary engines are now to be found at every steam rally and vintage event you visit. They originated in the late 1800’s and performed a multitude of tasks before the wide availability of electricity to power machinery. They were most commonly found on farms, powering sheep-shearing machines, milking machines, water pumps and a million and one other things. If it had a handle that was previously turned by hand, now it was turned by a belt-drive to a stationary engine.
My collection started a few years ago with a single Lister ‘D’ type. But E-Bay can be a very tempting thing and now I have a garage full. Some of which are in better repair than others!