Founders Engine House - Page 5

 
Bessemer

5 HP BESSEMER

This engine is the electric lighting model with heavier flywheels than usual.  Records show that it was shipped to Peter Stewart of Freeport, PA on July 23, 1906.  It still has original paint and features both hot tube and electric ignition.   It arrived at the museum in the mid-1970s and was built in Grove City, PA.

Bessemer and Generator

BESSEMER AND GENERATIOR

This photo shows the electric lighting Bessemer (shown above) belted to a DC generator built by Westinghouse complete with panel board.  It was common practice to run the belt over one of the wide, crowned flywheels  to be able to run the generator at the necessary speed.  This unit can illuminate the FEH. and this is representative of the original purpose of the engine. 

Struthers Wells

STRUTHERS WELLS

This early engine was built in Warren, PA and features power operated  intake and exhaust valves as well as electric ignition.  Estimated build date would be circa 1900.

It originally operated an air compressor at the Wolf Lick Station of the St. Marys, PA water works where it started the 125 hp Struthers Wells engine to pump water.

Transit Pump Jack

TRANSIT PUMP JACK

This unusual pump jack, built by National Transit Pump and Machine of Oil City, PA employs a linkage that gives it a straight vertical lift.  Vintage would be early 1900s.  It was powered by the Little Hummer engine just inside the building and used the Transit pump cylinder to move crude oil from the Wolf Run Station near Duhring, PA.  Commonly, these jacks were used to pump individual oil wells and this adaptation was quite unusual.  

 

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