Rubens Maskinhistoriska Samlingar

The Rubens Historical Machinery Collection

| May/June 1983

  • Fowler steam plowers
    The enthusiastic trio at Rubens, in front of their pair of Fowler steam plowers. The trio is father Ruben Blom with both his sons Tage (left) and Tore (right).
  • Munktells engine
    A picture of the Munktells engine no. 5606.  in the 1920's at work with timber sawing. No. 5605 is one of the few engines built in the large class SK6, and the only one remaining.
  • Munktells engine
    View of the driver's place on the Munktells engine no. 5606.
  • Munktells traction engines
    A close up of the motion work on one of the Munktells traction engines
  • Engine
    A left side view of engine no. 5605 in 1982 after renovation. The engine was preserved in 1970 and has since received all four Tender work wheels and a rebuilt canopy as the original parts were scrapped. It had been used stationary for 15 years.
  • Munktells Engine
    One of the oldest preserved portables in Sweden, is this Munktells of 1868 construction. One of the very last built with the Watt type governor.
  • Oil engined roller
    Munktells first type of oil engined roller 1916 model. The crude engine gives an effectual output of 20-24 HP on the single cylinder.
  • Munktells portable engine
    Mr. Ruben Blom next to his Munktells portable engine in the famous 'H' class, of which about 4,000 engines were built. This engine, no. 5338 made in 1915, is rated 19 effectual HP (6 NHP).
  • Case C tractor
    An outside view from Rubens showing two portables and a Case C tractor. The portables are Kristinehamns 1892, and Munktells duplex of 1901.

  • Fowler steam plowers
  • Munktells engine
  • Munktells engine
  • Munktells traction engines
  • Engine
  • Munktells Engine
  • Oil engined roller
  • Munktells portable engine
  • Case C tractor

RUBENS Maskinhistoriska Samlingar (Rubens Historical Machinery Collection) is the name of Sweden's most comprehensive collection of steam and internal combustion engines. It has been assembled by the owner, Mr. Ruben Blom and his two sons over a 20 year period of intensive research and preservation. The collection covers a period roughly from 1860 to 1940.

Initially, it was Ruben Blom's deep feelings of respect for the old generation's workmanship and ideals, together with his fascination for mechanical machinery that started it all.

It was steam engines which first fascinated him, in his youngest years. In 1964 he bought his first portable steam engine and others soon followed so that by 1969 his collection consisted of seven portables together with some stationary engines and about 20 internal combustion engines.

The next ten years were something of an explosion, as the collection reached the level of 25 portables in 1973, 55 by 1978, with two traction engines as well. By now, some more have been added and the collection consists of 60 portables, 4 tractions and some stationary engines all told, about 100!



The oil engine collection expanded during the same time, also to about 100 engines. In addition there are some old tractors and road making vehicles, as well as other working machinery.

During this time, the general interest in Sweden was nila fact which made it possible to work this mission out in such a time frame and on such a scale. Interest has since been raised, and it is now quite popular to collect and preserve old engines (most commonly with internal combustion engines, more rarely steam tractions and portables, since the I-C engines are more available).