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Old 10-01-2019, 08:20:51 PM
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Last year I started a thread about abandoned mill engines in the wilds of BC's interior, I mentioned that there were a few I had yet to find.... Well here they are!

Last year's thread:
https://www.smokstak.com/forum/showthread.php?t=182867

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The B&M engine's original electrical panel-





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How about now??

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Well here it is, one very stripped Waterous. This one is about 1/4 bigger than the complete one (pictured in the other thread), but like the other one the building has collapsed on it.







Steam pump in the nearby drink -




Well that's all for now, I've got a lead on two big Corliss engines and 4 or 5 verticals that'll have to wait until next year (it was below freezing today and snow will be here this week). I also found a big Fairbanks Morse which I'll post pictures of on the Hit n Miss side of Stak.
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Fairbanks Morse thread -

https://www.smokstak.com/forum/showthread.php?t=190297
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Is anyone able to see the pictures in this thread? I see none. Are you hosting the pictures elsewhere and not on Smokstak?
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I see the pics just fine.
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I see them
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I'm using Firefox and it considers the image source insecure. Not sure where the pictures are stored but the url is saying "https", which contains the "s" which triggers a check of that site's security certificate and it is expired, doesn't match or invalid.
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The pictures are hosted on imgbb.com, I assure you it's very safe and secure.
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Here are two photos of photos taken of the Waterous engines in the 70s. Photos by Ron S.

This is the engine I found today (Left hand crank)


Last year's engine (Right hand crank)


The poor quality is due to my lack of skills, the originals are quite nice!
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nice finds, great photos
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Any chance the engines are rstorable or even retrieveable, or are they too far gone/inaccesable? I saw the F/M on the other post, that was a beaut in its day. On the other post you said the lumber mill was accessed by rail - has the line been ripped out, or are the rails still in place?
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Any chance the engines are rstorable or even retrieveable, or are they too far gone/inaccesable? I saw the F/M on the other post, that was a beaut in its day. On the other post you said the lumber mill was accessed by rail - has the line been ripped out, or are the rails still in place?
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Two out of the three engine's are very restorable. The Waterous I posted last year is in very nice condition and complete minus the governor, the Bellis and Morcom is mostly complete and also in decent condition. These engine's are in a very remote location but could be rescued if the budget was there to do it. You could get a crane truck fairly close but you'd need to do a bit of Cat work to get right to them. The rail line is still there and currently one of the busiest in North America.

British Columbia in a funny place, we have lots of equipment (abandoned or in limbo) that could be acquired in a lot of cases for next to nothing, what we don't have is people who want the equipment. The few of us who are interested do our best but there just aren't enough of us for all the equipment. Check out SlocanKid on the gas engine side to see some examples.

There really aren't any clubs up here that could or would be willing to host large engines like the ones I've posted. A few years ago George Hoffman arranged for two Corliss engines that were still in service to be donated to any group that wanted them, no one wanted them. Needless to say they were cut up.
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I have no idea how its possible that these engines still are there ...If it wouldnt be so far away from me ...
In Poland most of our old stuff was bought and got abroad (to Germany,Holland ,Belgium ...)when during communism our money were worth nothing in EU .. So we are hungry for such things here .

Id like to have a big engine with open visible crankshaft ,connecting rod , but here its very small amount of such treasures . I envy You a little

It would be nice to save it , maybe by students of mechanical school/university as a diploma work ?

Its nice to see how saved from such situation things back to Work .
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