For anyone interested in stationary engines, the most important place for them to visit is the Coolspring Power Museum, which was where we met up with Arnie Fero for a tour on one of their working days, when many of the exhibits are running.

The entrance to the museum is subtle, but as soon as you turn in, you get an idea of what is to come! But this is the difficult part - mostly, I haven't a clue what any of these engines are! Every building was full of engines, almost all of them rare.

One shelter was full of half-breeds, in another shed I spotted two large verticals, one with curved spokes. This is a close-up of the gears and govenor of a large sideshaft, and this little engine is a Buffalo. Spring 2000 saw the first running of the Coolspring Miller engine and this Ruston Hornsby, made under license by de la Vergne, showing a basic repair of the hot tube.

Outside are treasures large and small, all awaiting their turn in the restoration queue, or restored and showing them as they were in their working days. The village shop in Coolspring has to be the only shop with a couple of full-size stationary engines in the window - a New Holland and a Hercules!

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