Manuals for Russell Newbery Diesel Engines

The Russell Newbery Diesel company was founded in 1909 and is still building engines in their workshop in Daventry, England. The company was taken over in 2011 by David and Deborah Bixter and is the last British vintage style engine maker. RN is still producing the DM2 engine, originally produced in 1929, with some modifications.  RN engines are typically installed on classic English narrowboats.


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3 simple steps to make your diesel system reliable and robust

STEP ONE  - Get the manuals for your equipment

Owner, Workshop and Parts Manuals are important documents that should be part of every vessel's library. They contain the detailed information necessary for safe operation, maintenance and correct servicing.  

The manuals on this page are provided for public information and education and can be downloaded for free.  All copyrights belong to copyright holders stated in the documents.

congratulations - by downloading these free manuals you are taking an important step towards making your engine more reliable and robust.


STEP TWO - regular maintenance

Simple, regular maintenance is the easiest, quickest and cheapest way to avoid problems and accelerated engine wear. Most expensive repairs start from a lack of basic maintenance or ignoring small warnings. The work is not difficult - it just needs to be done.

The purpose is so that we can enjoy our boat for all the reasons we bought her. Trust yourself. Do the work regularly and be methodical.


Download free checklists here

if you need clear, easy-to-understand help

300+ drawings

Seeing is Understanding

Marine Diesel Basics 1
Maintain, Winterize and Recommission

•  explains all parts of the marine diesel system - fuel,
lubrication, breathing, electrics, stern gland, propeller etc.
•  140+ tasks, 300+ drawings, 222 pages
•  tasks are fully explained with clear drawings and minimal text
•  all tools & supplies needed are illustrated for each task
•  paperback US$15.99 £10.99 €12.99
•  ebook (kindle, kobo, ibooks, google, epub) US$9.99


STEP THREE - keep a Maintenance Logbook

Keep a detailed and accurate record:

  1. all the work done on your diesel system - what, when  & by who
  2. inventory of serial numbers, component descriptions
  3. early warning of potential problems
  4. time and details of any changes in performance

Use a notebook or use your iPad, tablet or desktop and record the information in an editable PDF directly as you work.

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Maintenance eLogbook

If you've every struggled to keep a logbook, this editable eLogbook may be exactly the help you need.

- "fillable form" PDF
- clickable checklists
- write, edit  details of all tasks completed
- 40+ drawings to help inspections
- all common measurements with live calculators
- just $7.99 196 pages

"the Perfect Logbook" - verified purchaser

Russell Newbery D Series diesel engines Brochure


D and DX
7 - 53 bhp


4 pages
publ. - no date given


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Russell Newbery DM Range diesel engines Brochure


DM Range
18 - 120 bhp


4 pages
publ. - no date given

< 1 MB file

Russell Newbery DM Series diesel engines Brochure


DM Series
18 - 48 bhp


4 pages
publ. - no date given

< 1 MB file

Russell Newbery E Type diesel engine Brochure


E Type
33 - 120 bhp


4 pages
publ. - no date given

< 1 MB file

Russell Newbery Marine Auxiliary Sets (diesel engine) Brochure


Marine Auxiliary Sets
5 - 160 hp


4 pages
publ.  - no date given

< 1 MB file

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