Corliss steam engine
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Tue Jun 29 16:05:24 EDT 2010
Denton Farm Park has a operating steam 350HP Bates Corliss engine (among
other steam equipment). Wasn't able to find a image of it on the web.
The engine operates over July 4 holiday during the "Southeast Old
Threshers' Reunion". This is a single cylinder engine with around 18'
flywheels if I remember correctly. An impressive machine.
Many consider Denton to be the largest antique farm equipment show east
of the Mississippi.
- Roger Link
On 06/29/2010 03:32 PM, NW Mailing List wrote:
> The mention of a Corliss steam engine prompts me to invite anyone
> railfanning around Roanoke, VA, to visit one of the finest remaining
> examples of a Corliss type steam engine in the Crystal Spring Pumping
> Station located off Jefferson Street near McClanahan Avenue, south of
> downtown Roanoke (just a block south of where the N&W/NS Winston-Salem
> line passes under Jefferson Street).
> This steam pump was built by the Snow Steam Pump Works of Buffalo, NY in
> 1905, and pumped water into Roanoke's water system until 1959. This
> horizontal cross-compound steam engine with Corliss-type rotary valve
> gear consists of one 19" dia. high pressure cylinder and one 40" dia.
> low pressure cylinder, 36" stroke, driving a 13-foot, 11-ton flywheel,
> which in turn drives twin tandem water pumps with 13-1/2" dia. cylinders
> and a total of 240 rubber 4" valves. At nominal operating speed the pump
> had a daily capacity of 5,000,000 gallons of mountain spring water.
> Unfortunately the adjacent boiler room that supplied steam to the pump
> was razed, but the pump house and its pump have been preserved and
> restored. The pump is driven by a hidden electric motor so that visitors
> can appreciate the motion of the large flywheel, Corliss valve gear and
> the fly-ball governor on a beautifully restored piece of historic machinery.
> The Station is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and
> the Snow Steam Pump is recognized as one of the last, best examples of
> its kind by the Smithsonian Institution.
> The restored Pump House is operated by the Historical Society of Western
> Virginia and is open to visitors May through September, Saturdays 12-4
> and Sundays 1-4 pm. Admission is free.
> Gordon Hamilton
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