I haven’t been back to the pumping station at Tees Cottage today. I’m feeling very lethargic so apart from a couple of miles with the dogs I’ve not been out. I am giving the van a polish up, even this is an effort. I did sneak out for a couple of pints last night, I wonder if I should have had the full half gallon.
Here are a few details left over from yesterday.
This is a little gem. The counter is attached to the main beam supporting trunnion (axle) and as the beam rocks the pendulum swings and counts the number of cycles the engine has accomplished. These will enlarge but you have to wait for the page to fully load. It has registered 7,650,016. The Perspex is to stop little fingers being severed.
The makers plate………….I don’t know who screwed this up but it’s most unusual to find screw heads out of line on anything built during this period. Picky, I know, it is just as easy to screw straight as not. I could have rephrased that more delicately.
I noticed I under estimated the weight of the beam by five tons. It took three of them to carry it up to the top floor!
This is the Porter Governor referred to above. It is driven by bevel gears from the flywheel on the right and the faster it spins the further out it’s balls fly lifting the weight and shutting off the steam……..that’s automation!
The Hornsby Gas Engine in all it’s HDR glory. Hopeless in near dark and without a tripod. It is open again next month and I’ll try and get back. It really warrants a proper seeing to with multiple flash guns, softboxes and reflectors. Anyone interested in a visit? I’m sure if asked nicely they would allow access before or after the official opening hours. In exchange for some of the images.
I’m away down to Derbyshire tomorrow and then to try and find a colliery over Chesterfield way. I may or may not have internet.
Have a good week.