1929 The first of Lister's own design of "CS" (cold start) diesel
engines was made in Dursley. The CS is a slow running (600 rpm), reliable engine,
suitable for driving electric generators or irrigation pumps. Lister engines
were usually painted green.
Production of these engines in England ended
in 1987 but a number of Indian manufacturers have since continued production of
"Listeroids" or clones copied from the CS design. These engines are used in
India and also exported to other countries, including Australia and the USA.
Recently there has been an upsurge in interest in these engines and their unique
capabilities for long-term electrical generation or pumping. They are becoming
increasingly popular for "off grid" or "remote" uses, partially because of their
ability to use a large variety of alternate fuels and ease of maintenance and
(Source - wikipedia) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/R_A_Lister_and_Company
The Lister CS range of engines are Slow RPM (650RPM to 700RPM) 4
stroke single cylinder stationary engines. They are not over engineered and have
been known to run unattended in excess of 200,000 hours.
engines use the simplest of technology which lends them to less maintenance and
breakdowns and their ease of carrying out repairs lends themselves to the DIY
Lister CS (Cold Start) stationary engines, or their Indian clones
referred to as Listeroid stationary engines, are one of the most versatile long
running stationary engines the world had ever seen. They are more than capable
of running on almost any viscous oil including Peanut oil, Canola oil, Vegetable
Oil, filtered waste vegetable oil, filtered waste motor oil, diesel oil, crude
oil, gearbox oil, sunflower oil and many more. There are a number of enthusiasts
out there who are experimenting with running them on a mixture of Fuel Oil and
Wood Gas Fumes.
(Source - John Todd ) http://www.kk.org/cooltools/archives/001011.php