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80 Hp type 10 Bessemer at Coolspring Power Museum


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Old 08-30-2010, 10:39:21 PM
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Default 80 Hp type 10 Bessemer at Coolspring Power Museum

Hi all,

This engine is a new display at Coolspring, those of you that were at the June Show might have seen it sitting on the foundation in the woods past the Snow building. It is a 80 Hp type 10 engine air compressor. It was a air lease engine that made compressed air to run steam engines that pumped a single oil well. The same as the engines in Windy City at Coolspring, as a matter of fact it was only a few miles from the Windy City site. The engine, building and steam engines were acquired by the Museum last fall and moved to Coolspring starting Memorial day weekend and a week before the 2010 June show. The engine was jacked up a week after the big snowstorm this winter so the Project leader Ben Egloff could measure up the foundation and reverse engineer it. The excavating and foundation were the done at the museum by museum volunteers between April and May. The engine was lowered onto the foundation leveled and grouted last month and the footers were poured for the walls. We hope to have the building around the engine for the fall show. Come check it out.

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Default Re: 80 Hp type 10 Bessemer at Coolspring Power Museum

first two pictures Jacking the engine up off its foundation to get measurments. We would have got more done this day but I had to run my truck off the snow packed road and get stuck in the ditch. Rob Northey had to go all the way into Kane and come in from the other end of town to get Ben and the other guys to pull me out.( this was the week after the big snowstorm and we were getting cabin fever) third picture removing the roof trusses. Fourth First steam engine on Mark Himes KW.
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1st Ben Egloff and Mike Murphy holding down Farrar & Trefts steam engine , all the steam engines we brought back were Farrar & Trefts. 2nd engines and gearing loaded on Mark's KW. 3rd, Ben and Doug Fey (running excavator) removing top half of flywheel. 4th , First flywheel half on my trailer going after second half.
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First wall being brought up to load on 53 foot step deck trailer, the walls are twelve feet high and we had to haul them on a angle to stay at the correct height and width. The guy that runs the lease thought for sure the walls would never make it to Coolspring ,and we would be in jail. I asked him if we would fit in working in the oil field, and he was quite sure we would. Last pic is Mark Himes and Ben Egloff tamping ground for mat footer. More to follow.
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Default Re: 80 Hp type 10 Bessemer at Coolspring Power Museum

Wow looks like you guys know how to do it right. I always bums me out when the original building is destroyed. Its neet to see them in there working environment.
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Next three photos is of the foundation construction and the finished foundation. The foundation was finished before we brought the engine back so we could unload it directly onto the finished foundation. The last pic is of starting to move the engine off the foundation and roll it up onto solid ground where we could grab it with the Landoll. It was a tiring process moving the 6x8 timbers every ten feet and then rolling forward another ten feet, we had to go a good 150 feet to get to solid ground . Oh, and it was a nice hot day in the sun.
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First three pics, rolling the engine up onto solid ground. We would have liked to backed into the engine and loaded it, but didn't want to take a chance getting stuck. It was dry on top but there wasn't much of a bottom underneath. Last pic ,the good,bad,and the ugly. L To R Mark Himes, front Rob Northey, back Ben Egloff, Chris Austin, Mike Murphy, Nate Smith
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First two pics the last steam engine removed from it original location of 120 plus years. 3rd pic unloading the Bessemer off the Landoll and onto the museum tiltbed for transport to its foundation. last Unloading Bessemer on crib pile to clear foundation studs.
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1st pic jacking engine down onto foundation bolts, Ben was relieved because all his dimensions for the foundation bolts came out perfect. 2nd Engine leveled and aligned formed and grouted, 26 fifty pound bags of grout. 3rd. Ben Steffy rigging and Ben Egloff operating, getting ready to install top half of flywheel. last engine as it looks today. Foundation walls should be poured in the next couple of weeks.
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Hi Chris
Thank you for all of the updates and photos of the progress on the project.
And a huge THANK YOU to all of the crew that has worked so hard to make this project come together , it's well on its way to being another quality display for the museum.
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Chris,
Thanks for documenting this project and sharing with us. Please share our appreciation to all of the volunteers who worked on this project. I look forward to seeing the engine this Fall.
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