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Crossley Engine

Located at the Wharf area at the northern end of Sturt Street Bourke, is a fully restored 1923 vintage Crossley oil fuelled stationary engine. This engine, manufactured by Crossley Brothers of Manchester England, is a fine example of an early four stroke diesel type engine, which followed on from the steam engine era.Large engines such as this one, were used in many applications such as electricity generation, water pumping and factory machine operation.

Over the years more than 100,000 Crossley oil and gas engines have been built and it is a testament to their quality, that many of these are still in use to this day. This particular engine was originally used from 1923 to 1938 in the Sydney Power House to generate electricity for Sydney. It was later used in the Allowrie Butter Factory at Coffs Harbour from 1938 to 1949, and then at a Narromine property from 1949 to 1964 to pump water for crop irrigation. This type of engine will run on any heavy or viscous type oil and has the capacity of 124BHP at 260RPM, weighs 16 tonne and is water cooled and is started by compressed air.

The engine was donated by Bob Crawford and family from Narromine in 2001 and was fully restored to working condition by Don Burns and Bourke Shire Council in 2002.