Work has been progressing very well with the twin cylinder Ruston engine. Cylinder heads are on, valves have been ground in, rocker assemblies fitted, air receiver tank positioned, and air pipes run from the air receiver to the engine.
Main jobs still to do are: running a large bore metal airline from engine room 1 through the building, avoiding other exhibits, doors, and walkways on route to the air receiver; mount fuel tank on a suitable wall and plumb to engine; fit high pressure fuel lines on the engine; sort out a water supply and tank for the cooling system on the engine, and fit auxiliary compressor to engine.
We have also been bequeathed an oar by G. N. Poynter, which he used in the Oxford boat in the 1944 unofficial Oxford and Cambridge boat race. This race was rowed at Queen Adelaide between Littleport and Ely due to the heavy bombing in London at the time. The oar is now mounted on the wall just off the café area.
Next year, we celebrate the 100th birthday of our twin cylinder Vickers Petter engine, so we are hoping to have something special in the way of a celebration to commemorate this event. I wonder if the engine will be getting a telegram?
Due to the current COVID-19 crisis, the museum remains closed and we are not expecting to open again this year. Our plan at the moment is to re-open at Easter 2021 with a full programme of events throughout the year, subject to any controls and restrictions imposed by the government.
We would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your support in the past, and look forward to seeing you when things return to the “new normal”.
In the meantime if you would like to support the Museum in these difficult times you can help by making a donation on our appeal page HERE.
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