Old Tacoma Marine, Inc.

Sapelo Island Generator 1

Fairbanks-Morse Diesel Engine at the Coolspring Power Museum
Model #: 32E12 Engine #:
Bore & Stroke: 14" x 17" Cylinders: 2
Horsepower: 120 RPM: 360
Current Owner: East Tennessee Crank-Up link
Current Location: Seymour, Tennessee map
Current Condition: Operational

Engine History

This engine was one of two 1930s Y models from a private power plant for a tobacco magnate's estate on Sapelo Island, Georgia. It generated power until the 1960s, then sat idle for about 30 years with many of the original tools and parts nearby.

In Summer 2006, the two Y models and a 1950s opposed-piston Fairbanks-Morse were removed by Elden DuRand and Frank Luecke and donated to the East Tennessee Crank-Up. The other Y-model went to the Ashtabula County Antique Engine Club.

A volunteer crew in Tennessee have been working on the engine and re-started it for the first time in May 2009.

External Links

East Tennessee Crank-Up
"Saving an old Fairbanks-Morse Power Plant" by Elden DuRand
Pictures of setting up in Tennessee by Elden DuRand