Ronaldson & Tippett Austral Kerosene Engine

No. 2502

It is difficult to imagine how much work has gone into restoring these engines,
the photo above shows a load of parts arriving from somewhere; I can only presume they are for the above engine.

Ronaldson Brothers and Tippett is known for creating innovative and technologically amazing engines such as the Type N and the Type CF Vertical. But while the likes of Type N marked the company for greatness, there is one particular engine that perhaps helped start the engineering revolution the company has paved the way for. This is the Ronaldson and Tippett Austral kerosene engine.

The Austral engine is actually a label given to earlier Ronaldson and Tippett engines. Some Austral engines are actually Type N engines. This is not surprising. As one of the major manufacturers of engines at that time, Ronaldson-Tippett sold these engines to other companies for their own use, giving it different names for individual distinction. The earlier Type N models were called the Austral, a kerosene engine with the trademark characteristics of the usual Ronaldson and Tippett engines. For one, these Austral engines are rugged–something that even the later Type Ns have. Of course, they’re also reliable, strong, and versatile.

Unsurprisingly, many people are dying to have a Ronaldson and Tippett Austral kerosene engine. After all, it’s part of the amazing history of Ronaldson and Tippett and, in turn, of the engineering history.

Cooper Type XC  Two stand shearing plant

Three horsepower 900 rpm

The Cooper Type XC Sheering Stand was created by the C and G Cooper Company–currently known as the Cooper Industries. Founded in 1833, it is perhaps one of the few engineering pioneers that exist today. Of course, the company has changed drastically. During its foundation, it had a horse-powered foundry–ironic, considering how it invented some of the most impressive engines in history in the 20th century. The Cooper Type XC Sheering Stand, a three horsepower, 900 rpm engine, is one of these 20th-century creations, and it stands out even until today due to its power (a 900 rpm engine can be considered excellent at that point, especially when you compare it to the less technically powerful ones in the market).

In any case, the Cooper Type XC Sheering Stand is perhaps also a good sign to look at when considering the range of products C & G Cooper Company has delved into. They went into the hand tool business and even aircraft maintenance. Today, the parent company has several divisions: Cooper Tools, Cooper Lighting, and Cooper Wiring Devices, among many others. And while the company isn’t directly involved in engineering and producing state-of-the-art engines, this business superiority has proven Cooper Industries a worthy part of engineering history.   

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Ronaldson – Tippett Type N

Petrol/kero three hp 900 rpm
Ronaldson-Tippett (also known as the Ronaldson Brothers and Tippett company) is one of the more renowned engineering companies in the world during the early 1900s–and it remains to be one of the pioneers in the field despite the numerous companies before and after it. Before it dabbled in making engines, it made cast irons and other similar products. However, once it released the Ronaldson Tippett Type N, it became one of the significant makers of engines in the world until the latter part of the century.

The engine that catapulted them into fame is none other than the Ronaldson Tippett Type N. Considered to be among the more reliable machines at that point, it had that air of ruggedness that marked earlier Ronaldson-Tippett engines. Of course, the ruggedness also kept the engine’s durability, something the company had been known for since the Type N. Like some of the succeeding machines of the company, the Type N is a tank-cooled engine made in both kerosene and petrol models. Its horsepower varies from the modest two to the impressive four. While not among the most potent engines, it was an innovation (it had a combined intake and exhaust manifold–a first during the time). The Ronaldson Tippett Type N is indeed an engine that sets the standards of the esteemed Australian company. 

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Ronaldson Tippett

Type CF Vertical Diesel Engines 4 hp 600rpm

The Ronaldson Tippett Type CF Vertical is a four-horsepower, 600 rpm engine that looks pretty much how its name describes it–vertical and imposing. This makes it a famous collector’s item for steam engine enthusiasts. But what makes this engine unique is the story behind its manufacturer–the Ronaldson Brothers and Tippett.

Ronaldson Brothers and Tippett was an Australian company that created everything concerned with engineering and construction–from cast iron to engines. This made them one of the known pioneers in the field. The Ronaldson-Tippett Type CF Vertical is easily one of their most renowned engines since it was available in various variations (different horsepower, different models–kerosene and petrol–and different accessories. Today, these do not seem like notable accomplishments. However, back then, these were considered engineering innovations.

The Ronaldson Brothers and Tippett company created more engines as the years passed, such as their famous Type N and the initial Austral engines. Of course, each of these engines has its unique characteristics and capacity. For enthusiasts, the Ronaldson Tippett Type CF Vertical is special because of its unusual yet appealing superior aesthetics, as if it was an engine explicitly made for the visual medium more than anything else.  

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Shuttleworth Stationary Steam Engine F-898

  Shuttleworth Stationary Steam Engine F-898

Eight hp Single Cylinder

The Clayton and Shuttleworth 1893 Steam Engine is easily one of the more iconic engines created by Lincolnshire, England’s esteemed and almost historical engineering company. Even since they produced their first steam engine back in 1845, they became a significant manufacturer of similar machines in the country (the threshing machine, which they first built during the later 1840s, was another one of their iconic products). From then until the late 1930s, Clayton and Shuttleworth was a world-renowned company that even exported their products to countries such as Poland, Hungary, and the Czech Republic. The Clayton and Shuttleworth 1893 Steam Engine was probably the last steam engine the company produced–making it a fantastic collector’s item and a valuable treasure in the world of engineering. The 1893 model is an eight-horsepower, single-cylinder steam engine, easily one of the strongest during that time.

The Clayton and Shuttleworth company also manufactured tractors from the early 1900s until its end during the 1930s. They also made oil engines, a crawler tractor powered by the gas-kerosene engine, and parts for various aircraft. Sadly, the company died during the Great Depression. Of course, the company’s legacy remains until today–and the engineering wonder that is the Clayton and Shuttleworth 1893 Steam Engine is one of their legacies.

A & H. McDonald  Imperial Super Diesel

McDonald Type CD 4 1/2 hp – 6″stroke no. 3655

The A.H. McDonald Imperial Super Diesel is one of the portable steam engines created by a certain Alfred Henry McDonald–hence the name. His father was a baker and wanted Alfred to become his baking apprentice. However, his real calling was in science and engineering, so he worked with a scientific instrument maker in Melbourne named Henri Galopin. After his four-year work with the esteemed Henri, he worked for an electrical engineering company. All these became the foundation of A.H. McDonald & Company, and his job experiences helped him create generator sets and petrol engines.

But it was in 1918 when Alfred first created the so-called “Super Diesel,” a horizontal engine popularly used for road rollers and other stationary machines. Later on, his company imported tractors from the United States and Sweden to create the A.H. McDonald Imperial tractors powered by the iconic Imperial Super Diesel engines.

Unlike other companies, Alfred Henry McDonald’s engineering group started late in the game, during an age when technology was shifting towards electrical innovations. But A.H. McDonald & Co. managed to penetrate a market with its tractors and engines through various innovations and engineering wonders. This made the Imperial Super Diesel an amazing engineering creation and Alfred Henry McDonald a pioneer in his field.  
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The Scammel Scarab

The Scammell Scarab was a unique British military vehicle with a single front wheel mounted on a pivot. This particular wheel design allowed the vehicle to turn in any direction and easier maneuverability in tight spaces. A 6-cylinder engine powered the wheel, and it could achieve a top speed of 25 mph.

The Scarab was a good haulier and could carry as much as 3.5 tons of goods and supplies, which was especially useful during World War II. While the single front-wheeled vehicle was retired in the 1950s, it’s still remembered for its unique design and innovation that allowed excellent maneuverability.

Photographs by Surry Vintage Vehicle Society.

2001 LONDON to BRIGHTON COMMERCIAL VEHICLE RUN

1935 Dennis 45 – 50 cwt tanker lorry

BRIEF HISTORY of DENNIS  continued

During the  1950s, Dennis concentrated its efforts more on buses and municipal vehicles, and Dennis’s truck sales fell, and

towards the end of 1960, its truck sale was no longer proving solid. The Dennis Municipal and fire vehicles were again the company’s leading sellers. But the sales volume was not enough to cope with the loss of truck sales. After a few years of financial

difficulties. Hester Group acquired Dennis Bros in 1972, owned by Yorkshire Vehicles and Eagle Engineering, both specialising in municipal bodywork.

The Historical Commercial Vehicle Society   40th Annual

London to Brighton Run.   Official program  says

C85 BXD 123  – 1935 Dennis 45 – 50 cwt tanker lorry –  This vehicle was built for shell Mex and BP limited. This tanker has a cab built by the operators and a 700-gallon Thompson brothers tank; used until 1952, it was retained and repainted but has never been rebuilt. It is displayed in its pre-war livery.

  Entered by BP Oil Ltd  of Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire

1915 Dennis type A utility lorry

BRIEF HISTORY of DENNIS continued from https://queenslandcars.com/2023/01/05/5702/

Municipal Vehicles,   Fire engines,  associated equipment & buses were now being exported to many parts of the world. In 1933 the 2.5-ton Ace was introduced with its distinctive look. 1937 The truck Range had grown to cover  The Dennis ‘Pax’ in the 7.5-tone range. To the  Pax Major, a twin steer model to handle the 10.5-ton payload. Dennis was now fitting its 4-cylinder Diesel engine to the heavier vehicles. By 1940, The Dennis range of trucks had grown hugely.

The Historical Commercial Vehicle Society   40th Annual London to Brighton Run.   Official program  says

C83  1915 Dennis type A utility lorry, This vehicle was sold ex-war dept in 1924 to a firm in Sittingbourne, Kent, who used it until 1939. It was purchased by Les Warren in the 1960s,  With many parts missing, including the rear differential, torque tube and centre cross member and a broken chassis. Les, a welder and fabricator, restored the vehicle and its first outing was back to the Dennis works in May 1995.

Entered by P.J. Stanier of Gravesend, Ken