A dull damp day accompanied the wonders at Tees Cottage today. You’ll be pleased to know that I have eighty five usable images. I also have some video but my internet is so slow I can’t watch any movies so I’m not even going to try and upload one. I’ll serialise this visit over the coming week as there is far too much for one post. For many of you there is probably far too much.
Tees Cottage, this is the beam engine pumping house. The red cylinders are accumulators and even out the pressure surges from the pump, without them the shock and surge would soon destroy the mains water pipes.
The images are still lacking expertise. I was hoping to use at least two strobes but there just wasn’t room to operate them so I managed with a 50mm lens and a 24mm. The flash was on a bracket and fired through a small soft box. All metering was ETTL. Space is very limited in the engine house so an overall view of this wonderful giant is impossible.
This is boiler Number Two and is the one in use. Lancashire Boilers can in an emergency raise steam in about six hours from cold but to be kind and considerate these are heated gradually over five or six days. These boilers are 28’ long and 7’6” in diameter and supply wet steam at 100psi. Water capacity is 5,500 gallons and they burn 2 1/2 to 3 1/2 tons of coal a day. Either boiler is capable of running the beam engine on it’s own.
This is the engine valve chest. the steam from the boiler passes through here on it’s way to the engine cylinders. The levers are for controlling matters. What exactly I’m afraid I don’t know. I’m sorry about the view but it is the only one available to mere mortals.
The cylinders, the further is the high pressure cylinder and the one in the foreground is the low pressure one, steam passes from the high directly to the larger low. the shiny rod next to the pillar is the connecting rod to the condenser pump. This unit is about as sophisticated as beam engines got. She develops 140 IHP at 16 rpm.
That is all for today I hope it wasn’t too much.