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  • Photo: Stationary Steam Engine Australia

    THAT OLD GANG 'O MINE

  • #2
    Nice photo!

    Is that a nifty little steam loco in the left background? If so, it must be a very narrow gauge engine judging by the man on the cab deck.

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    • #3
      Look at the size of that belt!!!! How many cows went into that, I wonder?

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      • #4
        Imagine a summer in Australia tending two 300 HP steam power plants under a sheet iron roof even in an open shed. I'd drink more water than the engines. Also imagine the logistics: two gallons of water and 12 to 20 lbs of fuel per HP hour, oil, belt dressing, spares, tools, rags, packing, supplies. 12 to 16 hours a day. Maintenence every night.

        Is the engine condensing? Cooling water for the condencer - enough to require an 8" pipe under gravity flow.

        Is the water silty? The fuel dirty? Boiler clean every night.

        Engineman, wiper, boiler tender. 20 tons or more fuel. Support and repair shop on site. That power plant was an expensive operation even if the fuel is sawmill waste.

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