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The Papplewick Engines (3)

By spikemoz
V1 & V2
We are now on the top floor of the Engine House at Papplewick Pumping Station near Nottingham. This floor gives access to the engine beams, which are made of cast iron and weigh approximately 13 UK Imperial tons.

This is one of the beam centre bearings and is bolted on to the top of one of the ornate cast iron columns on the Engine House floor.

This is the centre bearing lubricator. The rate of oil fed to the bearing is regulated by raising or lowering a needle valve in the base of the resevoir, via the screw on the top. The rate of oil fed can be monitored by observing the rate of drops in the site glass below the reservoir.

Periodically the beam has to be raised for these bearings to be inspected or remetalled. This requires the beam to be lifted up off these bearings. The roof joists are constructed from massive square timbers which form an 'A' frame, attached to which are a number of eye bolts. Blocks and tackle are attached to these bolts to remove any heavy parts connected to the beam and to lift the beam it'self.

V6 & V7
There are two hand cranked winches to execute the lift using the rope. In these shots you can also see the various pulley blocks and tackle used for this purpose, as well as many other tools.


Tags: General Architecture Flash and lighting

Voters: gary_d, imagio, Hailwood and 8 more

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gary_d 13 576 13 Wales
2 Apr 2009 12:21AM
These are amassing machines the workmanship that went into them, a nice series. - gary
imagio 14 12 1 England
2 Apr 2009 12:34AM
Excellent series full of interesting detail Spike

GlynnisFrith 14 23 3 United Kingdom
2 Apr 2009 6:37AM
It's been nice tour these wonderful building with you thanks

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