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Campbell Gas Engine Co

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1900. Portable Oil Engine Search Light Plant.
September 1902.
1902. 50 BHP Oil Engine.
1904. Portable oil engine.
1904. Campbell's reversing gear.
1908. Samson oil engine. 6-hp.
1908 Campbell gas engine, ex-Shad Thames Pumping Station, at the Anson Engine Museum.
February 1911. Vertical Gas engine.
February 1911. Horizontal Gas Engine.

The Campbell Gas Engine Company of Kingston, Halifax.

1883 Company established by Hugh Campbell

1890 Supplied a 4 hp engine to drive the exhibits at the Engineers, Electricians, Builders and Ironmongers Exhibition. [1]

1892 Crystal Palace Electrical Exhibition. Engine. [2]

1894 Article and illustration of the Campbell Vertical Gas Engine in 'The Engineer'

1894 June. Took part in the Royal Agricultural Society’s Competitive Trial of Oil Engines. 6 hp fixed engine and a portable engine Article in ‘The Engineer’. [3]

1894 September. Article and illustration of the portable oil engine. [4]

1900 Illustrations of a portable oil engine search light plant. [5]

1900 Paris Exhibition. Description of four (5, 18, 30 & 42 hp) engines shown. The company employs around 250 men. [6]

1905 Gas engine. 10 hp. Exhibit at Anson Engine Museum

1907 Advert. Oil engines, ordinary and electric lighting types from 1.5 to 150 bhp for waterworks, mining and sewage works. Gas engines and suction gas plants with horizontal types from 4 to 150 bhp and vertical types from 50 to 750 bhp.

1911 Smithfield Club Show. Exhibited oil engines, a gas engine and a suction gas plant. [7]

1912 Introduced a heavy oil engine

1913-1917 For a list of the models and prices of Marine Motors see the 1917 Red Book

1914 Listed as gas and oil engine manufacturers. Specialities: vertical and horizontal gas engines of all sizes, suction gas plants, oil engines and petrol engines. Employees 1,000. [8]

1917 Advert for gas engines and gas producers and crude oil engines. [9]

1919 Advert for high-compression crude oil engines. [10]

1927 Advert for cold starting heavy-oil engines. [11]

1927 After a long battle with striking employees the company was taken over by the banks

1928 Sold to George Cohen, Sons and Co who closed the company, sold the machinery but produced a few engines through Kryn and Lahy.

1950 The company re-appeared in Cardiff. See Tubal Cain Foundry and Engineering

See Also


Sources of Information

  1. The Engineer of 21st March 1890 p246
  2. 1892 The Practical Engineer
  3. The Engineer of 22nd June 1894 p540
  4. The Engineer of 28th September 1894 p281
  5. The Engineer of 27th April 1900 p427
  6. The Engineer of 16th November 1900 p487
  7. The Engineer of 8th December 1911 p594
  8. 1914 Whitakers Red Book
  9. Mechanical World Year Book 1917. Published by Emmott and Co of Manchester. Advert p37 & p39
  10. Mechanical World Year Book 1919. Published by Emmott and Co of Manchester. Advert p47 & p49
  11. Mechanical World Year Book 1927. Published by Emmott and Co of Manchester. Advert p51
  • The Engineer of 19th January 1894 p53
  • The Engineer of 6th July 1894 p5
  • Pocket-Book for Mechanical Engineers by David Allen Low. Published 1907 by Longmans, Green and Co
  • A-Z of British Stationary Engines by Patrick Knight. Published 1996. ISBN 1 873098 37 5