Stationary Engine Books
David Edgington has been interested in stationary engines since the 1960s. Although born within a stone’s throw of well-known engine makers such as Kynoch, and Wolseley, both situated in the Witton district of Birmingham, his family moved to Wiltshire in the late 1940s. In was here, at the age of about 8, David recalls filling the water hopper of a Lister D type, an obvious portent of things to come!
His love of engines took him into the motor trade and to the opposite end of the scale, because it was high performance and racing engines that seemed to meet the requirements, and with this in mind he went to work for the legendary Rob Walker’s Garage at Corsley.
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After becoming extensively involved with Alfa Romeo cars, he left to start his own business specialising in the import, export, and manufacture, of spare parts for that particular mark. At that time it seemed insignificant when someone brought a Lister D type to his house, offering it of a couple of pounds. Yet this simple act was the first of two events which would change not only his life, but that of his family and possibly many engine collectors. Another engine soon followed, and another, and so it went on, and by this time it was becoming apparent that virtually no information or literature existed on the subject. Furthermore it was impossible to locate other enthusiasts in order to exchange parts, information or complete engines. The answer seemed to lie in the production of some kind of magazine which would draw enthusiasts together and gather as much information as possible before it became lost with the passing of time..
But to launch a magazine when one has no journalistic ability, no knowledge of the subject and no ready-made readership could be termed hazardous! Obviously much thought was needed before embarking upon such a venture but it was his friend, the late Charles Cawood, who provided the final impetus. After what was to become an incredible five year struggle to get the magazine off the ground (few want to help a struggling venture), David and his wife Doreen, were finally able to produce a magazine (now called Stationary Engine) which met the needs of most engine enthusiasts, David remained editor from 1974 until 1990 before retiring in order to devote more time to his business. In 2004 David retired from his Alfa Romeo business and has since devided his time between writing for the monthly magazine Stationary Engine, writing books (14 so far!) about stationary engines, plus gardening and walking his dog. This web site provides a list of the books written by David, plus a few other Lister based publications. We hope you find them of interest and a help with your restoration projects.
This web site gives a list of the books written by David and other popular
publications. We hope that you find them of interest and wish you well
with your restoration projects. Please remember that we are always interested
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