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What the heck is it?


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Old 08-17-2010, 09:47:15 PM
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Default Re: What the heck is it?

The reversing throttle you described is one like Soule' used on their sawmill carriage engines. Quite common where a quick reverse was needed, either hoisting engines, sawmill carriage engines, crowding engines on steam shovels, etc. Friends of mine have told me it worked pretty good, but made the engines steam HOGS.
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Old 08-17-2010, 11:16:59 PM
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Look like a deck winch that was used to raise and lower spuds an a barge.
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So, after some further research, it appears that this is indeed a reversing engine, although with all the piping the same size, it can't be very efficient... Anyway, I have found a further clue:


It may be a little hard to see, but cast into this bearing cap is the word "Tyee". I assume this must refer to "Tyee Machinery" or "Skookum-Tyee" (US) which unfortunately went under sometime in the 1980s. They were a big maker of logging equipment here on the Wet Coast, and it seems reasonable to assume that this is one of their products.

I can find very little about Tyee on-line; does anyone know of any sources of information or have any contacts in the logging industry who might be able to help?
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Old 07-12-2011, 01:36:15 AM
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Free everything and lube it up real well and then rent a big air compressor from your local industrial rental facility and have some fun with it for a day...............

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Old 07-12-2011, 08:37:58 AM
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This might be another clue:

http://="http://en.wikipedia.org/wik...g/wiki/Skookum

If not, at least it's kind of interesting.
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Old 07-12-2011, 10:11:09 AM
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Free everything and lube it up real well and then rent a big air compressor from your local industrial rental facility and have some fun with it for a day...............

I could put steam to it from our Sawyer-Massey, but the throttle valve is one solid mass of rust... maybe when all the other projects are finished...
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Old 07-12-2011, 12:34:13 PM
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I found another example of one of these being used as the tow winch on board the steam tugboat Hercules; now preserved in the San Francisco Maritime Museum. I took a picture of the piping; but need to upload it.

It used a wire tow cable instead of rope one; so the drum was somehow set up to automatically maintain tension on the wire tow cable; since it did not stretch like a rope cable would. The system itself is described on the documentation on the Hercules at the HABS/HAER website:

http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/collections/habs_haer

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Old 07-12-2011, 01:05:11 PM
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Thanks James! You realize that the Government of Canada is getting no work out of me today as I spend the rest of it looking through all the great photos there... That does indeed sound like something very similar. I'll look forward to seeing your photo.
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Old 07-12-2011, 06:47:54 PM
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Could it be a steam donkey???
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Old 07-12-2011, 11:01:15 PM
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Could it be a steam donkey???
I don't think so for a number of reasons: The slow speed it would turn, the small amount of cable on the drum (<~150'), and the fact that the cable is secured to the drum at each end, creating nothing more than a long loop.
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