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Brochure cover, late 1930's? Newbury Diesel were set up by Everard's to build engines for their fleet and provided machinery for all Everard newbuild's till 1960's. Small factory at Newbury produced about 4 main engines per year! But brilliantly designed bomb proof engines.
 

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Sirron, from the company design engineer Mr Kent Norris.

Tony Smith
One of the last surviving Newbury Diesel engineers.
 

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MV Balmoral of Red Funnel/Campbells/Waverley Excursions fame still had hers until a few years back, whereupon she was re-engined with more fuel efficient, geared diesels. Obtaining spare parts was also a major problem.
 

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Balmoral's engines are at the Internal Fire Museum in Wales

http://www.internalfire.com/ifod/detail.php?coll=1&cat=1&key=784
 

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The Balmoral's engines (built under licence by Thorneycroft, not at Newbury), were the last mains working to my knowledge, there were some small gen engines preserved at one time.
 

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Balmoral was re-engined in 2002 with geared medium speed Grenaa machines (which 'purr' compared with the deep 'rumble' of the O type Sirrons. I used to like watching the duty engineers working the levers of the O types when Balmoral was manoeuvring (direct drive, reversing engines) Very quick and efficient in response to telegraph orders. (Quicker in fact than Campbell's MV Westward Ho - bridge controlled, diesel electric machinery). Balmoral retains her telegraphs so at least the melodious jangle of bells can still be heard.
ND were involved with Thornycrofts over Balmoral's engines since the port engine had to be redesigned for left handed running. During their last years many spares were manufactured from the original drawings. In the end it was fatigue in some of the main castings I think which necessitated their replacement. Still over 50 years reliable service says something about the design!
 

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How about drawing a piston from Alacrity's O type at deep water anchor off Fawley, not a pleasent job. "H" was the chief if anyone remembers him, nice guy sadly died fairly young.
 

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