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London Canal Museum
12-13 New Wharf Road King's Cross
London N1 9RT
United Kingdom

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Bolinder Engine

This Bolinder engine is a traditional "hot bulb engine," made by Bolinder-Munktell in Sweden. The engines were widely considered the most reliable and durable of engines and were used in boats around the world. In the 1920s they were by far the most popular engine on English canals.

The Bolinder Engine is a "semi-diesel" engine. The combustion in the hot-bulb engine takes place in a separated combustion chamber, the "vaporizer" (or "hot bulb"), usually mounted on the cylinder head, into which fuel is sprayed. It is connected to the cylinder by a passage and is heated by the combustion while running; an external flame from a blowlamp is used for starting the engine.

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Due to the lengthy pre-heating time, hot-bulb engines were nearly always guaranteed to start quickly, even in extremely cold condition, making them popular choices in cold environments and on boats.
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Bolinder engines are "hot bulb engines" using both heat and compression to ignite the fuel.
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First Floor, London Canal Museum
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