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Vintage Reprint Services

The publisher Vintage Reprint Services provides a range of historical and instructional stationary engine books covering the common makes of oil, gas, diesel, petrol and paraffin stationary engine. The various books contain information on the history of the machines and their development together with helpful details enabling owners to perform complete rebuilds or restorations of such machines. The main makes covered are Lister, Petter and Amanco, the books are mostly those written or edited by David Edgington.

Products

Amanco Stationary Engine Book, The Amanco Stationary Engine Story Book
 
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Amanco Engines, The Story of Associated Manufacturer's Company Ltd.
 
Written and Published by David W. Edgington.
 
Covers all the engines manufacture by and for Amanco including the French connection. Many period adverts are included.
 
Soft Back with 76 pages.
£13.00
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Fowler P Type Stationary Engines Book - Fowler Stationary Engine Book
 
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This 16 page guide includes dating, colour scheme details, installation and starting instructions.
 
Also covers both the single and twin cylinder models.
£6.00
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Lister Engines Types H to R
 
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This book chronicles the evolution of the Lister engines in the H to R range, commencing with the Southwell/Stover (1904) and continuing until production ceased in the 1940s. Covered in some detail are types, H, J, K, L, M, N, P, Q, R, PE/PL, plus twin and 4-cylinder variants.

Water hopper (types & styles), carburettors, magneto types, paintwork and transfers, are all covered.

This book is the result of two years of extensive research and collaboration with enthusiasts worldwide.

52 pages, photos colour & mono, plus factory drawings.
£13.00
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Lister’s The First Hundred Years
 
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After being unavailable for more than a decade a few copies have come to light.

First published in 1979 and now long out of print, this hardback is the 1995 reprint. Through 250 pages it plots the history of the firm from its humble beginnings in 1867, commencing in a disused water mill, through to becoming one of the best known stationary engine manufacturers in this country.

The fascinating story travels through two world wars, plus the trials and tribulations endured through times of hardship and recession. Engine manufacture is well documented, commencing in 1909 continuing through until just prior to the Lister-Petter merger in 1986. Diverse subjects are covered, from family history to overseas agents.

Author:- David E. Evans

ISBN:- 0904387232
 

£39.95

The Lister CS Story
 
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Written by David W. Edgington. Covers in great detail the venerable Lister CS diesel engine produced between 1929 and the 1980s by R. A. Lister.
£13.00
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The Lister D Story
 
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David Edgington’s latest book is the result of a 25 year study of the Lister D type. Researching this book involved the checking of 160,000 engine details in Lister’s old factory records, working with ex-employees, trawling through specification sheets and contacting enthusiasts worldwide.
54 pages, colour and black & white.
£13.00
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Know Your Lister F Type Engines
 
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A comprehensive booklet covering the history, development and types. The newcomer to the world of old stationary engines is often mystified by an odd looking Lister D type, with strange external features and a fast running speed—it doesn’t even sound like a D type! This is how most enthusiasts are introduced the mysterious F type. 12 pages,
£6.00
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Stationary Engines For The Enthusiast
 
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Stationary Engines for the Enthusiast by David Edgington and Charles Hudson.

Originally published in 1981 and jointly edited by David Edgington and Charles Hudson. This must rate as the book most purchased as a first for so many engine enthusiasts over the past 30 odd years. Many private stationary engine libraries have probably been founded on this book which has recently has its sixth reprint.

The authors had originally agreed that the fifth reprint would be the last but, since Charles Hudson's death, David Edgington felt that a sixth reprint with a suitable eulogy would be a fitting tribute to someone who was a friend to the whole stationary engine movement.

This book, the result of two years research, and especially written for the newcomer to the world of old engines, describes a variety of types and styles of engine by using mainly contemporary illustrations and explains the various principles of operation ranging from hot-tube to compression ignition.

£15.00
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Stationary Engines For The Enthusiast 1994 Edition
 
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Stationary Engines for the Enthusiast 1994 Edition.

Originally published in 1981 and jointly edited by David Edgington and Charles Hudson. This must rate as the book most purchased as a first for so many engine enthusiasts over the past 30 odd years. Many private stationary engine libraries have probably been founded on this book which has recently has its sixth reprint.

£17.00
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Rule of Thumb - AutoBiography of David Curwen
 
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Published in December 2006,it covers in a humorous and easy to read manner, David Curwen’s life as an engineer. Starting in the motor trade in the 1930s with stories of then current cars and motorcycles, then onto generating plant and finally to locomotive construction.

As a designer and builder of small-guage locomotives David Curwen has a reputation second to none.

Foreword by Lord Braybrooke
Chapter 1 - Born with Steam in my veins!
Chapter 2 - A brief Introduction to internal combustion
Chapter 3 - Maintaining generating plant
Chapter 4 - Time for a change
Chapter 5 - Our First Business venture
Chapter 6 - Steam Cars and other troubles
Chapter 7 - Farmyard engineering
Chapter 8 - Talyllyn Adventure
Chapter 9 - Formation of Curwen & Newbery
Chapter 10 - 1966 New Beginnings
Chapter 11 - Hartop Interlude
Chapter 12 - Polar Star, Loyalty and Barbara Curwen
Chapter 13 - The Age of Steam
Cahtper 14 - The best steam engine I have ever seen
Chapter 15 - Making a locomotive

£7.50
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Early Edition - Old Stationary Engines Book By David Edgington
 
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The original Old Stationary Engines was published by David Edgington way back in 1980, after which it was reprinted five times. This version, produced before computerised technology has black and white illustrations, and 32 pages. It was superseded by two, much larger, colour versions which are still available today.

This was David’s first attempt at producing a book for engine enthusiasts. It is more a collector’s item rather than an informative work!

Although out of print for twenty-four years a box has been located by the publisher. This early version has been making a ridiculous price on online auction sites.
£6.99
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Old Stationary Engines Book By David Edgington
 
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Old Stationary Engines By David Edgington. - Latest Edition Now Available!

Totally re-written and uprated in 2004 to include over ninety colour pictures and illustrations. Second edition, revised and updated in 2009.

Though there are a good many contemporary books describing the development and progress of early gas, oil and diesel stationary engines, most of which are written for the technical man and consequently tend to be too difficult for the uninitiated to understand. But this book, on the other hand, is dedicated to the newcomer wishing to learn more about old stationary engines and the reasons why people collect them. It describes in a language as non-technical as possible the evolution of the first practical stationary engines and then illustrates some of the many designs, with notes on their basic relevant points and comments on some of the better-known manufacturers. There are many different forms of stationary engine and bearing this in mind emphasis has been placed on engines that the reader is likely to come across. There are small-power engines, large engines, common engines (Lister, Petter, Wolseley etc.) and rare engines (Omnia, Vincent, Scott Homer), hopefully something for everyone! This book may also be of value to the longer-term enthusiast because of the large collection of over ninety captioned photographs (in colour), which could be used at a reference.

£6.99
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Wolseley Stationary Engines 1909 - 1975
 
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David Edgington has been researching Wolseley history, and the full range of engines, for around 30 years. This book, around 60 pages with over 100 illustrations, is the culmination of that research and has been painstakingly put together during the last 10 months.
£13.00
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The Lister A & B Story
 
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David Edgington's latest book covers the history and development of Lister's popular range of agricultural petrol and kerosene engines built between 1923 and 1963. The book is the result of 25 years of research and is an indepth study, rather than a 'story', taking the reader through each build specification, with engine datings and changes. 48 pages, well illustrated, mostly colour.
£13.00
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