Bamford stationary engines

Posted by Chris Graham on 31st January 2021

Patrick Knight presents a selection of fascinating and rare photographs from the archives featuring Bamford stationary engines.

Bamford stationary engines

Bamford stationary engines: This young man – presumably an apprentice – is seen here fitting the rockers and timing the valves on SD diesel engines. The date would have been the late 1940s or early 1950s. (Pic: Bamford Engine Machinery Group)

This selection of archive photographs, taken from glass plate negatives that have been supplied to us by Philip Wood and Dennis Barlow, are a real treat! The images include Bamford stationary engines and other items that were featured on the company’s trade stand at county fairs during the post-war years, while the others depict a less glamorous side of things for the workmen who worked so hard on the Bamford factory floor.

Bamford stationary engines

Men timing and testing EG engines. (Pic: Bamford Engine Machinery Group)

 

Bamford stationary engines

DD engines on test. The engine driving a dynamo would have been helping with the factory’s electrical power requirements. (Pic: Bamford Engine Machinery Group)

 

Bamford stationary engines

A view of the machine shop; all the machines would have been powered by DD and SD engines. Note that one of the machinists is a woman, suggesting that this photograph dates from the WW2 period. (Pic: Bamford Engine Machinery Group)

 

Export engines. (Pic: Bamford Engine Machinery Group)

 

The packing room at the Bamford factory. (Pic: Bamford Engine Machinery Group)

 

Bamford’s Agents, Gippsland & Northern’s exhibition stand. The engines on show include EV, OV, SD1 and DD types. (Pic: Bamford Engine Machinery Group)

 

Bamford’s display stand located in a field opposite the factory; the equipment includes 2hp Tulip Top and assorted items of machinery. (Pic: Bamford Engine Machinery Group)

 

Bamford stationary engines

Packing shop scene; horizontal engine being crated, with a line-up of vertical engines awaiting their turn. In the background there are numerous root-cutters and other items of barn machinery. (Pic: Bamford Engine Machinery Group)

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