Central Massachusetts Steam, Gas, and Machinery Association

The Brownwall Engine
Brownwall Engine
    This Brownwall engine is owned by Dana Hill of Leominster, Mass. It is a 1-1/2 hp air cooled engine, built between 1911 and 1913.

    These engines were built by the Brownwall Engine & Pulley Company which was established around 1911 in Lansing Michigan. The company also made governor pulleys for cream separators as well as 1 hp and 1-1/2 hp aircooled engines and 1-1/2, 2, 2-1/2, 3, 5, and 10 hp water cooled engines. In 1914 the Company moved to Holland, Michigan, and at that time the 1 hp aircooled engine was discontinued. All of the engines made in Lansing have lettering of the name and town cast into the flywheels, as you can see on Dana's engine. Most of the engines made in Holland used a brass plate or a decal instead, but at least one has been found with "Holland, Mich." cast into the flywheels
    The Brownwall Engine & Pulley Company went bankrupt in 1924 and was taken over by the Holland Furnace which continued to make engines under the "Holland Engine Co." name. These engines would be even more rare than the Brownwall engines.

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