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Miller 80 hp Engine 

MILLER, 80 HP

This engine was found in West Virginia where many years ago it compressed natural gas.  Long abandoned, it was rusted and broken but a dedicated crew gave it life again.  Note that the side shaft is both above center and on the “off” side of the engine.  It is throttle governed and uses the Watts pressure balanced exhaust valve.

Miller 300 hp Engine 

MILLER, 300 HP

This engine was bought new to power the Spring Creek Air Plant  near Kane, PA in 1911.  It ran successfully until it came to the museum  in 1976.  It was belted over the flywheel to a large air compressor that pumped the oil wells.  (See next photo)  It is the only four-cylinder “H” configuration known with two cylinders forward and two aft.

Ingersoll-Rand Compressor 

INGERSOLL-RAND IMPERIAL TYPE TEN COMPRESSOR

This is the air compressor the 300 hp Miller drove.  It has a 25 inch bore in the low pressure cylinder and a 15 inch bore in the high with a common 20 inch stroke.  Using the air produced, Spring Creek could operate the old steam engine and the vertical lift “air heads” up to 11 miles away.  What a piping system!

 

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