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Crossley Brothers Atmospheric Gas Engine
Vertical single-cylinder atmospheric gas engine, made by Crossley Brothers Ltd, Openshaw, Manchester, c.1874. No 1224. Two flywheel cylinder atmospheric free piston gas engine. Two flywheels with ratchet gear on driving shaft which allows the piston and rack to be blown up by the expulsion of gas in the cylinder, and the piston falling by vacuum and its own weight, drives the flywheels as the ratchet engines. This was the first type of internal combustion engine to compress the explosive mixture before firing it. Label embossed on engine shaft: "Otto Langen & Crossley's Patents Crossley Bros Manchester Sole English & Colonial Makers".
Crossley Horizontal Single-cylinder Engine
Horizontal single-cylinder four-stroke cycle gas engine made by Crossley Brothers Ltd, Manchester, c.1886. Serial number 15040. Used in an Edinburgh foundry. This was the first type of internal-combustion engine to work on Otto's four-stroke principle, patented in 1876, and is thus the direct ancestor of present-day piston internal-combustion engines.
Shuttle-making, Crossleys of Todmorden
Gelatine silver print entitled 'Shuttle-making, Crossleys of Todmorden' by Ian Beesley. Produced for the commission `Through the Mill:, The Story of Yorkshire Wool in Photographs'. 1985-1987'.
Oil engine, made by Crossley B
Oil engine, made by Crossley Brothers Ltd, Manchester c.1900.
Model of diesel engine
Model of diesel engine, generator and exciter mounted on common bed, painted black. 16 cylinder in 'V' formation with generator (L.C.D) and exciter mounted on the bed. Gearing, injectors all at one end. In glass case.
Brampton front motor cycle hub, DP5, sectioned, mounted together with Inv.1929-91 on a wooden stand.
Control lever and cable, from Carburettor, 'Capac' type
Control lever and cable from "Capac" carburettor.
Motor car electric generator
E maglita electric generator made by the M-L Magneto Syndicate Ltd., c. 1921, sectioned, on wooden base
Synclock electric time-piece, 3½-inch dial, by Eve
Synclock electric time-piece, 3½-inch dial, by Everett, Edgcumbe and Company Ltd., London, England, 1931.
Igniter, from 2-cylinder Daimler, with hot tube ignition
Igniter from Daimler vehicle
British Association motor cycle silencer, unpacked
British Association motor cycle silencer, unpacked type, sectioned, mounted on wood base
Longuemare motor cycle carburettor, 1901
Longuemare motor cycle carburettor, 1901
Synclock synchronous electric motor
Synclock synchronous electric motor, B.3 200-250 volts, 50 cycles, by Everett, Edgcumbe and Company Ltd., London, England, 1915-1930.
Best (A840) semi automatic drip feed lubricator for motorcycles, 1913 sectioned
Mystery clock with synchronous electric movement
Mystery clock with synchronous electric movement, by Smiths English Clocks Ltd., London, England, 1930-1940.
Motorcycle and bicycle tyre pump
Hurricane motor cycle and cycle tyre inflator made by Tyre Inflators Ltd., c. 1922
Mini Clubman car, adapted for use by disabled driver, England, 1978-1979
Public Health & Hygiene
An orange Mini Clubman car adapted for use for driver, Ed Freeman, living with impairements caused by the drug compound thalidomide. In order to give more headroom, the floor was lowered and the controls have been adapted. Ed even included a mini bar for his friends to use. England, c.1978-1979.
Mobile X-Ray Vehicle
Mobile mass miniature radiograph unit, housed in a 1948 Leyland "Beaver" van. Vehicle registration no. OPL 840.
Type TSH2 diesel engine, made by Crossley Brothers Ltd
Type TSH2 diesel engine, made by Crossley Brothers Ltd, Openshaw, Manchester.
Single-cylinder Oil Engine
Horizontal single-cylinder oil engine, made by Crossley Brothers Ltd, Manchester, c.1894. Single cylinder heavy oil engine, a four stroke principle, horizontal type, with cylinder over hung at rear. Feed oil tank contained in base of casting so this was a self contained unit except for water to cool it.
Motorcycle Magdyno combined lighting and ignition unit
Magdyno combined lighting and ignition unit for motor cycles, sectioned, made by Joseph Lucas Ltd., 1934
Model of a 1918 Crossley Royal Air Force tender
Model of a 1918 Crossley Royal Air Force tender made by Lesney Products & Co., 1973, as part of their 'Models of Yesteryear' series.
'Rudge Multigear' motor bicycle
'Rudge Multigear' motorcycle, designed and built by Rudge-Whitworth Ltd, a company formed by the merger of two bicycle manufactures in 1894.
Electric motor, by A. Gaiffe, Paris, French, 1890-
Electric motor, by A. Gaiffe, Paris, French, 1890-1910
Metal advertisement for Crossley Engines, in Arabic.
Enamelled advertising sign depicting a Crossley horizontal engine. The Arabic text reads: CROSSLEY Agents in Egypt Mika Suwaris & Co. Alexandria
Phonic motor clock type 1-B, patent no. 415758, se
Phonic motor clock type 1-B, patent no. 415758, serial no. 82137, by Muirhead and Co. Ltd., April 1937
Electrically maintained tuning fork, frequency sta
Electrically maintained tuning fork, frequency standard used for synchronous working on picture standard facsimile machines
Motor car engine
Dorman 4 cylinder 11.9HP, light motor car engine type 4 K.N.O., also 3 double ended spanners, one box spanner and Tommy, made by W.H. Dorman & Co. Ltd., 1919. Engine no. 11952.
Electrically maintained tuning fork type 4B, no. 1
Electrically maintained tuning fork type 4B, no. 127009, by Muirhead
Three-wheeled motor car
Benz 3 wheeled motor car, sent in 1888 by Karl Benz from Mannheim to Emile Roger in Paris in "kit" form and where it was assembled and by Roger in 1888. It is reputed to be the oldest petrol-engined car in the UK and the fifth oldest commercially produced car in the world.
Sports Three-Wheeled Motor Car, Registered 1914
Morgan Cyclecar. Sports three-wheeled motor car, registered 1914, with 1913 8hp air-cooled J.A.P. engine.
Steam motor cycle
Steam motor cycle, 1.5 h.p., made by Heinrich and Wilhelm Hildebrand, Munich, Germany, 1889. The frame, of approximately safety-bicycle form, carries a steel tube flash boiler of the Serpollet type between the two wheels fired by small coke. The boiler could also be fired by petrol. The rear mudguard is in the form of a semi-circular tank which holds about five gallons of water. A plunger feed pump driven by a small overhung crank from the left hand side of the rear wheel, supplies water from this tank to the boiler. control of the power output was obtained by varying the amount of water injected into the boiler tubes by means of a valve which was operated by the rider through a wire control. It is powered by a single- cylinder, double-acting, slide valve engine.
Accessories from Otto Crossley slide valve gas eng
Heat Engines (non steam)
Accessories from Otto Crossley slide valve gas engine 4383: One slide valve.
Rotary vacuum pump
Rotary vacuum pump, one of four sectioned for display, made by Edward High Vacuum International, Crawley, West Sussex, England, 1981-1991. Fitted with electric induction motor by A C Motors Limited (FHP Motor Division), Newcastle under Lyme, Staffordshire, England
Aircraft bomb-aiming mechanical computer
Computing & Data Processing
Computer bombsight type T1, mechanical analogue device, by A C Spark Plug Division, General Motors Company, Flint, Michigan, USA, 1940-1945. This is an American version of a British bomb-aiming computer.
2 cylinder motor car with hot tube ignition
Daimler, 2 cylinder motor car with hot tube ignition, built by the Motor Manufacturing Company, 1897-1899. The Daimler engine patents, which were of fundamental importance in the early development of the motor car, were exploited in England, not only by the Daimler Motor Co. Ltd. but also, under licence, by the Motor Manufacturing Company. This motor car was produced by this firm and closely follows Daimler practice of that time. It has a two-cylinder engine with chain drive from a counter-shaft to sprocket on wheels on both sides of the rear axle. A cone-type clutch is used. The gears give three speeds forward and three speeds in reverse. The cooling radiator is under the body at the rear and the wheels are fitted with pneumatic tyres.
Michaux-Perreaux steam motor cycle scale model
Michaux-Perreaux steam motor cycle, 1868, scale model
LNER motor driver jacket
Railway Uniform & Costume
Railway uniform jacket, London & North Eastern Railway, Motor Driver.
BR motor driver waistcoat
Railway Uniform & Costume
Railway uniform waistcoat, British Railways, Motor Driver.