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Alexander Burt

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of Blue Mount Engineering Works, Camlachie, Glasgow

Traded as Burt and Co up to at least 1894

1891 March. 'Alexander Burt & Co., ironfounders and engineers, Mountblue Foundry, to erect buildings in Mountblue Road. Camlachie.'[1]

1891 September. Advertisement. 'GAS ENGINES - The "Acme" is guaranteed to be the simplest and most economical in the world. Sole makers, Alexander Burt & Company, Camlachie, Glasgow.'[2]

1892 June. Report. 'An engine which attracts much attention is the Acme Compound Gas Engine, shown by Messrs Alexander Burt & Co., Mountblue Works, Glasgow. It is a 6-horse power engine, is the 157th turned out by the firm, and drives one of Paterson & Cooper's dynamos, 100 volts, 80 amperes, to run 150 16-candle-power lights. The mechanical details to suit the compounding arrangement are ingenious. One piston has only half the stroke of the other, the shorter piston-rod being connected to a special crank, one disc of which is a geared wheel working into another geared wheel on the main crank shaft, the relation of the wheels being 1 to 2. The engine has a self-starting arrangement, and works very sweetly.'[3]

1892 Built the Acme gas engines to patents held by Burt and McGhee [4]

1896 Engines tested in Belfast

1901 The company became the Acme Manufacturing Co

See Also


Sources of Information

  1. Glasgow Herald - Friday 13 March 1891
  2. The Scotsman - Saturday 05 September 1891
  3. Glasgow Herald - Wednesday 01 June 1892
  4. A-Z of British Stationary Engines by Patrick Knight. Published 1999. ISBN 1 873098 50 2