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Paxman oil engines

Posted by Chris Graham on 29th March 2021

Gus Ellis reports on a trip he made to the Museum of Power in Essex, and the interesting Paxman oil engines he found there.

Paxman oil engines

Paxman oil engines: The model VK.

Having read with great interest the article in the March issue of Stationary Engine magazine, reporting the closure of the Davey Paxman old works in Colchester, I thought fellow readers might be interested to know that a number of Paxman oil engines can be found at the Museum of Power at Langford, near Maldon, in Essex.

Paxman oil engines

The VK engine, seen from the flywheel side.

I had the good fortune to visit the museum several years ago, and took a number of photographs; these included a few of small, vertical, single-cylinder examples. There were also a couple of sectionalised, multi-cylinder engines on display – a high-speed ‘Valenta’ and an RPH Series II.

Unfortunately, I do not have any information on the engines, but maybe a member of the museum’s staff, or a volunteer who works there, can provide the Editor with relevant details for the models, dates and history (if known).

Paxman oil engines

I have no data about this engine, other than that it was a lot smaller than the VK model.

If you get the chance to visit the Museum of Power, I would highly recommend that you do so, you certainly won’t be disappointed!

The two sectionalised engines; a ‘Valenta’ (left), and a RPH Series II.

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