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The Papplewick Engines (2)

By spikemoz
The Engine House of Papplewick Pumping Station near Nottingham continued.

V1 & V2
To gain access to the top of the steam chests and cylinders, there is a mezzanine floor which is just above the Boiler House doorway. The copper kettle keeps the cylinder lubricating oil hot and free running. The circular objects on the floor between the cylinders are spare piston rings and the spanner is for the large piston rod nuts on the crosshead.

This is James Watt's parallel link motion. This keeps the cross head moving in a vertcal line by cancelling out the arc described by the end of the engine beam, which can be seen at the top of the picture. If you put James Watt parallel link motion in your search engine, you should find a number of sites that have an animation of the gear working.

V4 & V5
The meazzanine floor is accessed by a cast iron staircase which goes past some of the stained glass work. A similar staircase takes you from this floor to the top floor and the Engine House roof. This staircase can be seen in the background of V2.


Tags: General Architecture Flash and lighting

Voters: rocky41, gary_d, VIKI and 16 more

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GlynnisFrith 14 23 3 United Kingdom
1 Apr 2009 6:29AM
I am wondering if it would have looked this clean & shinny when it was in use?

Great set again
TonyFrith 14 3 6 United Kingdom
1 Apr 2009 7:35AM
Some of the water works where I go on my job , are immaculate some people do have pride in their work
Smashing shots & very informative
1 Apr 2009 10:01AM
Another set of educational images of this engineering work of art. Your write up is so captivating it sidetracks me from commenting on the photography which is excellent in it's own right.
wrinkles 12 351 United Kingdom
1 Apr 2009 10:56AM
This is a fantastic set of images.
Mikelane 13 1 Wales
1 Apr 2009 7:25PM
Well captured really excellent set .regards
leginR 13 England
1 Apr 2009 10:15PM
Great set of images.
regards Nigel
ZX1400 14 United Kingdom
4 Apr 2009 4:59PM
Great set of pics and good write up as well.


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