Patrick Knight takes a look at some of the small lighting and charging plants being exhibited by stationary engine owners these days.
I’m sure that we’re all aware of the growing trend for rally-field engines to be displayed driving some items of equipment appropriate to those they would have driven when in everyday service. We have covered water pumps in the past, so this time we take a look at a selection of small lighting/charging plants that you might encounter on UK rally fields.
In this day and age, we take the availability of electrical power at the flick of a switch for granted, and when, god-forbid, there’s a power cut for more than a couple of hours, everyday life becomes extremely difficult. However, two or three generations back, to have electrical power was something of a luxury that few people could afford, and then only those who resided in towns and cities where power companies existed.
In rural areas, for properties from the largest estate down to the humblest of homes to have electrical power, it had to be generated ‘in-house’. Indeed many of our major engine manufacturers were offering lighting sets in various sizes to suit all requirements.
The examples featured here represent some of the smallest production generator/charging sets marketed in the UK in times gone by. The number of bulbs (lamps) these small units could illuminate was limited but, in many cases, was still better than the smelly oil lamp or candle alternatives.
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1951 Albion Chieftain FT37N restored