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This subject is from the 1920s...

PRESENTING THE

INLET SIDE OF 129-6 ENGINE

EXHAUST SIDE OF 129-6 ENGINE

The Winton Engine Company Model 129-6 was a four-stroke cycle airless injection six-cylinder marine diesel engine with 12-1/2 inch bore and 16 inch stroke. The 129-6 was constructed of chrome nickel iron, and weighed about 60,000 lbs. Unlike many Winton engines of the period, this type was only built as an inline six cylinder, there were no four cylinder or eight cylinder versions. This engine series was introduced around 1927 and continued in production to the early 1930s. The rating of the engine was revised several times during the period of its manufacture, commonly applied ratings include 330 BHP at 300 RPM, 400 BHP at 375 RPM, and 450 BHP at 375 RPM. The installation of this engine on the preserved historic tugboat LUNA was typical of the applications of the Model 129-6, with a pair of the engines rated 330 BHP each driving 213 kW generators that supplied power to a double armature main propulsion motor rated at 516 H.P. at 125 R.P.M.

Total production of this type of diesel engine was probably less than 100 engines. Today only two are known to still exist, on the tug LUNA, based in Boston, Massachusetts. Unfortunately these engines were damaged when the tug's engine room was partially flooded prior to the current restoration project.

The Winton Engine Company was formed by Alexander Winton, the builder of Winton Automobiles, and was located in Cleveland, Ohio. It was acquired in 1930 by General Motors along with one of its primary engine customers, the Electro-Motive Company. Winton Engine subsequently became the Cleveland Diesel Division of General Motors in 1937, and was disbanded around 1960. The rights for the Winton and Cleveland Diesel engines were acquired by Hatch & Kirk Company of Seattle, Washington in 1977. They still build parts for some of the engines. The Electro-Motive Company became the Electro-Motive Division of General Motors (EMD), a major builder of diesel locomotives and marine engines. It still operates as Electro-Motive Diesel, a locomotive and engine building subsidiary of Progress Rail (Caterpillar) with facilities in La Grange, Illinois, Muncie, Indiana, and other locations.

Article and page design by Preston Cook, ©2009 by T.E.S.

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