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Old 05-14-2014, 01:23:01 PM
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Default Weatherford Texas Light Plant Tour

On Saturday May 10, 2014, the Granbury Flywheelers, EDGTA Branch 43, was fortunate to recieve tour of the 1940 all Faibanks Morse Diesel light plant in Weatherford, Texas.

Plant construction was begun in 1937 and completed in 1940.
The current confiuration of the plant consists of all Fairbanks-Morse diesels with Allis-Chalmers electrical switchgear. Three model 32 6-cylinder, one model 33 6-cylinder, one model 33 10-cylinder with separate motor driven scavenging air blower and two 12-cylinder opposed piston dual fuel engines.

See http://www.ci.weatherford.tx.us/index.aspx?NID=242 for additional history.
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Default Re: Weatherford Texas Light Plant Tour

A handfull of years ago, I missed getting a real nice personal tour of a similarly intact diesel-electric power plant in Robstown, Texas.

They had F-M diesel generators in the Nueces Electric Co-op power plant in Robstown and were still perfectly operational but were not used anymore because of the higher cost of generating locally.

A year or so after my missed opportunity, I happened to find myself in that locale, and out of curiosity, I hunted down the powerplant.
Horrors of horrors, I drive up to the gate only to find they were deep in the process of scrapping out all those big diesel generators!!!
There were a couple huge pistons with attached rods from one of the units standing next to the road, and little left of the blocks and cylinders they came from.
It was a deeply dissapointing, ghastly sight... I was too late to see it all intact.


SO, KUDO's to Weatherford Tx. for not scrapping out a beautiful heritage of their city's infrastructure.

Because of taxes, insurance liabilities, convoluted enviro laws etc, etc.., someone needs to start making plans to turn that functional power plant into a permanent museum NOW!
If that isn't done ahead of time, the city fathers may eventually be forced into scrapping-out such deliciously beautiful machinery also.
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Default Weatherford Texas Light Plant Tour

The continued operation of the plant, even in peak-shaving service is in question. Since the unregulated epa has changed the rules on emissions, again, the grandfathered plant would be in a contrived violation were it to operate. It would make a truly grand in-situ museum.

Attached are additional photos: One of the unique regulators on the origonal switchboard;Model 33 controls;Model 33 alternator end;OP engine showing natural gas rail;Mufflers anyone?

Patrick
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Are those intake filters to the right? We need to fabricate intakes on our powerhouse and have no knowledge of what was outside at all. Any information would be welcomed.
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The intake filters for the 6-cyl model 32s are to the left of each of the first three mufflers. These are triangular in shape and looked as if they would take a large residential furnace filter. The 6-cyl model 33 intake is the twin centrifugal looking structure in the right of the frame.

Unfortunately I did not get photos of all that was there. Perhaps some of my EDGTA Br43 compatriots could fill in some additional details.

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Default Re: Weatherford Texas Light Plant Tour

That is a wonderful place. Thanks so much for posting pictures of those awesome engines!!
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Old 05-17-2014, 08:56:37 PM
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Default Re: Weatherford Texas Light Plant Tour

HEY, this is GREAT! Thanks for taking the time and posting the great photos. Being around 3500 miles away it's the next best thing to 'being-there'!
Great Post. Thanks again!
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Default Re: Weatherford Texas Light Plant Tour

Dave,
It might be worthwhile for you to take a drive up to Grand Haven and look at their diesel plant. It is outfitted with Nordberg diesels, but the intake and exhaust scheme looks very similar to the plant in this thread.
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Default Re: Weatherford Texas Light Plant Tour

I have seen the Grand Haven Plant looking through the windows only. What a awesome sight.we were there on a fishing trip. Spied the stacks on the building . Had to have a look

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Thanks Mike, wasn't aware of the Grand Haven plant. Will have to run up the coast an have a look see.
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Default Re: Weatherford Texas Light Plant Tour

I had heard of the Grand Haven plant and stopped by last Memorial Day on my way home. Like Dick, I only got to peer through the windows. I got a lot of funny looks from people passing by as I took photos from the Corps of Engineers office across the street, through the windows and behind the building.

Search for "Grand Haven BLP" or "Grand Haven Diesel Generating Plant" and you should be able to find contact info
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Default Re: Weatherford Texas Light Plant Tour

Patrick, Thanks for posting the pictures! I was out of state on a fact finding mission that weekend so I could not make the tour. I am glad to see the Grandbury Flywheelers becoming active again. John may rub some people the wrong way but at least he is doing something. Missed you at my show but hopefully will see you soon somewhere down the road.
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After three weeks in Panama and Ecuador I had a bunch of things to catch up on at home. Glad all have enjoyed the pictures. I know there were several Flywheelers at the tour taking pictures. Surely others can add to what I have done.

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Default Re: Weatherford Texas Light Plant Tour

Patrick, thanks for the video. Have not seen or heard from you in awhile, any new iron residing at your place?
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Default Re: Weatherford Texas Light Plant Tour

Yeah, thanks for the video. Love seeing it. Wonder if that plant is still capable of feeding the grid? Would be cool to know that the fuel they were using was put to some use.
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On the tour, the plant engineer said the plant could supply to the grid but due to draconian EPA regulations they couldn't.

Hey Dewayne been traveling a lot out of the country for the job. Was supposed to leave today for another but this trip got postponed.
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From Allan Wright EDGTA Branch #43:

Hello all!

I recently contacted the City of Weatherford regarding a tour of the old light plant. I found out that they have plans to demolish the plant and dismantle the engines. We have a little time before all of that happens. I was able to schedule a tour for Saturday, June 2 at 11:00 AM.

I have reserved a room at Montana’s in Weatherford for 1:00 PM following the tour for lunch and a club meeting.

I apologize for the short notice. I will need an accurate number of attendees for lunch. Please call, text or email me no later than Wednesday, May 30th.

I look forward to seeing you there.

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Well, a sad day! Wish I could be there to give those old dinosaurs one last pat on the flanks and a thank you for decades of service.
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