The Stationary Engine Society, formed in early 1986 to promote the exchange of information about stationary and marine reciprocating engines, has announced the publication of their first Inventory of Stationary and Marine Steam Engines in the United States and Canada.
This inventory includes some 800 engines of widely varied sizes and types. It is, by design, not intended to be a final list of all extant engines and their status; the Society emphasizes that this first edition is really just a first draft. They are counting on inventory readers to supply them with further information on listed engines, or to let them know about engines which were not included.
The starting point for the listing was an inventory of approximately 375 engines made in the mid-1970's for the National Park Service Historic American Engineering Record. This list was edited, updated, and enhanced by information from members' private files and from the files of Greenfield Village and the Henry Ford Museum Collections.
Engines are listed by state and then by city. Information provided on each engine includes the site or organization with which the engine is associated, the address, builder, layout, bore/stroke, valves, and flywheel diameter. Clear, easy-to-follow explanatory notes keyed to the layout of the list are provided at the beginning of the publication. The editors have included an inventory sheet at the end of the booklet for the use of readers who wish to send information on engines which they feel should be included.
The editors have undertaken an ambitious project, one which by their own admission they may never actually complete. Rather, they look at this inventory as an ongoing process of identification. Inventory of Stationary and Marine Steam Engines in the United States and Canada can be obtained by sending $3.00 (check or money order) to: Secretary, Stationary Engine Society, 3706 Emily Street, Kensington, MD 20895.