Ruston & Hornsby 2YC Diesel
Engine and Parson F Type 2:1 Reverse/Reduction Gear.
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Pictures above of the Ruston &
Hornsby 2YC coupled to Parsons F Type 2:1 Reverse/Reduction Gear.
I wrote an article for 'Marine
Engines' magazine, some time ago, that covered the restoration to fully
working order of a derelict Ruston engine taken from a crane, that was
eventually destined to be fitted into my new narrow boat. The article just
covered the restoration to working order and the intention was to continue
the story in a following article that covered the conversion to marine
specification and the fitting of a suitable reverse/reduction gear. However,
with all good intentions, that article still hasn't been finished and
therefore I hope the following will redress the situation for those that are
After the engine was refurbished and tested, I turned my
attention to converting it to marine use. A series of photographs and
covering text, details the conversion.
Next on the agenda was to find a way to mount a suitable
reverse/reduction gear to the back of the engine. The solution was
eventually simple, obtain an original flywheel housing and machine a cover
plate to adapt the housing to the selected
The original intention was to use a modern hydraulic
reverse/reduction gear but I eventually settled on using a Parsons F Type
2:1 reverse/reduction gear, built from five derelict
and scrap units. The story is interesting.
Finally, a few photographs of the completed engine being delivered
to R. W. Davis in England.
Page last updated
26 January 2005