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MAN Diesel & Turbo has produced a short film highlighting one of the most famous engines on display at DieselHouse, MAN Diesel & Turbo’s technical museum.
Entitled “The Start of a Diesel Dynasty – B&W No. 1”, the film is a tribute to the B&W No. 1 engine from 1904, the first Diesel engine built in Denmark by Burmeister & Wain.
B&W No. 1 worked reliably for 40 or so years at a number of different companies before being bought back by the company in 1943 for display. Its one-cylinder, Type DM140 engine boasted a cylinder diameter of 320 mm, a stroke length of 490 mm, and it produced 40 horsepower at 180 rpm. The engine weighs approximately 15-16 tons, with the flywheel alone weighing 8.5 tons.
In connection with the establishment of DieselHouse, No. 1 was renovated by a team of experienced MAN Diesel & Turbo staff and apprentices, along with some retired, former employees, after many years of inactivity. The engine was restored to full working order over the winter of 2005 – 2006 and is started every Thursday at 1400 hours at the museum.