Restoration Challenge Lister Bruston, a working paper

Nov. 2015
We received an email from a vintage club in Wiltshire, UK. They are also restoring a very similar Bruston light plant. On their request we post a few images of our Lister Bruston with some detail.
Assistance from the UK is offered in case we need any help during our restoration activities. Thanks for this, we may need it!

Dec. 2015
We have little technical description of the Lister Bruston Lighting Plant in our museum. Available technical description on the internet will be our guide during the restoration process. Documents found sofar, see the below.
1902 Patent No.: 6666 in 1902
Method of using one coil to take the place of two coils in a two pole DC motor
Mawdsley's Ltd. Dursley, Gloucestershire
(source: Dursley Glos Web)
1909 Patent: GB190813185A -- 1909-06-21
Improvements in and relating to Devices for Operating Automatic Switches applicable for use with Electric Transformers
Leo Sunderland and Gilbert Cecil Pillinger, 39 Victoria Street, Westminster, London S.W.
(source: EPO and referenced in patent GB190929944(A))
1910 Patent: GB190929944(A)--1910-12-22
Improvements in the Electrical and Automatic Control of Engines, Dynamos and Batteries
Leo Sunderland and Gilbert Cecil Pillinger, 39 Victoria Street, Westminster, London S.W.
(source: EPO)
1912 R.A. Lister & Co. Ltd. advertised their Automatic Electric Lighting Plant which could be seen at their Westminster premises, 47 Victoria Street, London S.W.
1913 Patent: US1054368(A)--1913-02-25
Electric and Automatic Control of Engines, Dynamos and Batteries
Leo Sunderland and Gilbert Cecil Pillinger of Westminster, London S.W.
(source: USPO)
1913 Article from The Engineer
(source: Grace's Guide to British Industrial Heritage)
1913 Patent: GB191207375(A)--1913-03-26
Improvements in the Electric and Automatic Control of Engines, Dynamos and Batteries
Leo Sunderland and Gilbert Cecil Pillinger, 39 Victoria Street, Westminster, London S.W.
(source: EPO)
1913 Patent GB191211486A--1913-05-14
Improved method of and Means for Closing Electric Circuits
Gilbert Cecil Pillinger and Leo Sunderland
(source: EPO)
1915 Lighting the Lister Way, The Belt Driven Type Plant
R.A. Lister & Co Limited, London Office: 47 Victoria Street, Westminster, London S.W.
(source: Internet archive)
1916 Bruston Automatic Electric Lighting & Power Co.,Inc. advertised their Bruston Plant in The Electrical Experimenter, April 1916

Jan. 2016
In the beginning of the year we start tinkering the electrical part of the Lister Bruston Automatic Lighting & Power System. Documents found last month should be a good start, with focus on patent 29944 from the year 1909 (fully accepted 1910)
Jan. 2016 Restoration Support Document based on Patent No.: GB190929944(A)-1910-12-22


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Jan. 2016 Smokstak Forum: Lister Bruston automatic electric lighting plant renovation question

Feb. 2016 External Interface Document

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June 2016 Based on document 'Running Instructions' plus the gained insight during the restoration process, we produced a document Lister Bruston Handmatige Start procedure, English versionThis document will support the coming initial tests.
Nov. 2016 Our support from the UK, Graham Raymond from Wiltshire, who himself also is restoring a Lister Bruston generatorset sent us original content of how to setup the Lister Bruston generatorset. Document name: Erection & Running instructions for Lister Bruston. We are very grateful to Graham for the document, it will help us greatly to challenge our 'in house developed' approach.
Dec. 2016 Lister Bruston Testfase
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