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Rumely-Falk Dynamo


Falk 3 HP volume governed sideshaft engine 1910-1912 or there after. This Falk engine tag reads: The Falk Co. Milwaukee Licensed under SECOR-HIGGINS System of Oil Combustion Kerosene Engines 1907  Engine # A 987 3 HP 560 RPM. Rumley started building Falk engines in 1912 and at some point before 1915 the engines were re named  Rumley / Falk. The engine is igniter fired, has a fuel pump, both valves are driven from cams on the side shaft, the governor is also on the sideshaft, cooled from the cooling tank and sitting on its original wood skid.

     The Dynamo is belt driven from the engines flywheel. It is also high quality with the bearings being lubricated by the oil contained in reservoirs located below the bearings.

      The original switch board is mounted on the sidewall of the trailer, beside this is an up to date fully fused electrical panel. The original panel reads: Rumely Automatic Switchboard   Pats. pending by the W. L. Co.  Size 1,500 / Volts 110 (DC)  Plant #150   Serial #2067  Rumely Products Co. Laporte Ind.

This Falk engine, cooling tank, dynamo, Rumely  switchboard and wooden skid were installed near the Chattahoochee river for home electrical power on an Omaha Georgia Cotton Plantation, some time around 1910.

 I had this Falk / Dynamo project ongoing at my shop for several years before completion in 2008. The decision was made to use up to date control equipment to make sure this power plant could be operated safely. The engine was restored  using a new fuel tank which is mounted in the engines base. Most of the lubricators are  Lunkenheimer. The original cooling tower was restored and a lid added. The cooling water does not have to be drained when traveling to and from shows during the summer months.

 To start the engine: see instructions in the photos. After the engine starts, the Dynamo is changed from starting to maintaining a proper charge level in the batteries and illuminates the ceiling lights in the trailer. The batteries are mounted in the floor with easy access from inside the trailer.

       The Homesteader “Hercules” trailer was last tagged in 2014 and was kept inside when not at shows. Interior measures 5′ 8″x 12′, overall length is 16′ and the trailer ball size is 2 5/16″. The doors are 6′, walls are paneled, tire size ST 205/75R15 with tandem torque flex axles, E-Z lube hubs and 4 wheel brakes + new spare tire and wheel. The estimated weight for this complete outfit is 2,280#. Weighed at our local quarry December, 2014.




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Recent Restorations in the Shop


Lunkenheimer 5″ “Mocking-Bird” 1912 Steam Whistle


Lunkenheimer 3″ Chime Pat. 1892 Bowtie Fulcrum Steam Whistle

Southern Railway 5 3/8″ Railroad Lantern w/ Clear Cast Globe

Cleveland Cincinnati Chicago & St. Louis Railroad (CCC & StL Ry) 5 3/8″ Clear Cast Safety First Globe

Lehigh & New England Railroad (L & NE RR) 5 3/8″ Cobalt Blue Globe

Baltimore & Ohio Railroad (B & O RR) 5 3/8″ Clear Cast (Capitol Dome – Safety First) Globe

Philadelphia Baltimore & Washington Railroad (P B & W RR) 5 3/8″ Clear Cast Globe

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Crosby Steam Whistles

The 4″ Crosby is a hook and lever steam whistle, #470 pre 1880 whistle (Scholl Engine Shop – Personal Collection).

The 5″ Crosby, #8430, was repaired for a customer by Scholl Engine Shop in 2012.

The 8″ Crosby, #11957, was a full restoration project for a customer by Scholl Engine Shop in 2012.

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Newly Completed Shop Restoration Project

This very early cast iron School House Bell is a #2 COWINGS PATENT NOV 18-1862 SENECA FALLS NY. It is 16 1/4″ in diameter, and features an adjustable bell crank. The bell is in excellent original condition with the yoke and bell crank. The clapper is also cast iron, and is marked #2. The bell has a very nice ring, and resonates like a bronze bell.

There are no cracks or repairs on the bell or associated original parts.

The cradles were professionally blacksmith made. No modern welding methods were used when making the cradles.

This bell weight 78 lbs. with the blacksmith made cradles.


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2011 Whistle Restoration Projects

*SOLD*  Lonergan 6″ x 12″  *SOLD*

This whistle restoration was completed at the begining of November, and is currently for sale in our inventory.  Please contact us for pricing information.

*SOLD* Lunkenheimer Pre 1895 Flat Top Chime Whistle *SOLD*


This whistle was restored at our shop this summer.  The pictures show the condition of the whistle as recieved, the whistle disassembled prior to restoration, and the final restored piece.  This whistle is the predecessor of the Lunkenheimer Round Top whistles.

*SOLD*   Powell 3″ Chime Whistle   *SOLD*


This Powell 3″ Chime Steam Whistle was completely restored by our shop this past winter.


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