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A focused effort has been made to record the history of products and companies that Members have been associated with during their careers for future reference purposes.


Close contact is maintained with relevant heritage organisations and the IDGTE Heritage Committee includes representatives of such organisations. In addition to a regular ‘Heritage News’ entry in the Institution Journal a series of heritage papers have been published and are available for download in the Members Area of this web site (username and password required).


Papers already published or planned for publication within the next 12 months include:


Allen S12

Allen S37 Industrial & Marine Range

Blackstone E Range

Blackstone Horizontal Engines

Crossley H Type Engine

Diesel Power for UK Rail Traction

Dorman Engines

Free Piston Gasifiers

Gardner Diesel Engines

Harland and Wolff Diesels

McLaren-Benz Diesels

Early Mirrlees History

Mirrlees HF Diesel Engine Range

Mirrlees J and J Major Engines

Mirrlees K and K Major Range

Mirrlees Blackstone MB190 Engine


In addition to the above a number of heritage DEUA and IDGTE  papers dating back to 1918 are available for download. Further papers can be added on request.


In 2006 the IDGTE Council introduced a Heritage Award for organisations making exceptional contributions to preservation of the industry heritage. To date awards have been made to three organisations as follows


The Anson Engine Museum

of  Poynton, Cheshire for the restoration to working order of early internal combustion engines in the ‘Rattling Monsters’ section of the Museum.


The Internal Fire Museum of Power

of Tanygroes, Ceredigion, Wales  for the restoration to working order of a Sulzer air blast injection engine as a working example of the original engine designed by Dr Rudolph Diesel


The South Eastern Tug Society

of Chatham, Kent for the restoration of the British Polar M45M engine as fitted in the Motor Tug Kent which is believed to be the only direct reversing engine from this manufacturer left in working order.





IDGTE heritage activities


The IDGTE Council formed a Heritage Committee in 2003 to concentrate on all aspects of heritage relating to the reciprocating engines and gas turbines. Heritage activities of the Institution now include visits, lectures, and the publication of heritage papers.



Mirrlees Blackstone MB275 Range

Mirrlees MB430 Diesel Range

Mirrlees U & T Range

Mirrlees National A (Monarch) Diesel Range

Napier Deltic

National Gas and Oil Engine Co

National B Series Engine Range

National F Series Engine Range

National Gas and Oil Engine Company R Series Engine Range

Newbury Diesel Company Limited

Ricardo Tank Engines of World War 1

Rootes/Commer TS Opposed Two Stroke Engine

Ruston AO Engines in Canada

Ruston 10H Restoration

Twin Bank Engines