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A. E. Karnes

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Restoring the Waterworks Engine in Woburn Massachusetts
« on: April 05, 2019, 01:15:15 am »
My pals and I discovered a completely undisturbed, secretly kept steam engine and associated apparatus in the Woburn Water Department in Woburn, Massachusetts.  From oil lamps to wall clocks.  A stone's throw from Boston.   With the permission of city officials, four months of work we brought everything in the station to life  and got the engine steaming in November 2018.   It had not run since 1933.  Simply a fairytale story.

Now looking to establish a museum there and run the engine regularly.

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I have produced artwork of the surviving Platt 5MGD Corliss engine, the two original engines (A Worthington and a Blake, both four-cylinder compound Corliss-valve duplex pumps rated 2MGD and 3 MGD respectively) sadly lost to time.   I am selling these as prints to try and benefit the restoration of this national treasure.  The building desperately needs a new roof and windows. [ Guests cannot view attachments ]

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I bet it was a wonderful feeling when it turned over on steam for the first time, interesting to see another triple expansion waterworks engine and it is nice it has been restored to working order.

I visited the impressive engines at Kempton in London some years back which were Worthington Simpson Triples, there is also a pair of triple waterworks engines in Wombourne, South Staffordshire (similar name to Woburn!).
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Impressive story, way better than a fairytale...


Very well done on bringing this beauty back to life !!!

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Awesome find! Please post future updates  ;)

Nice artwork too  8)
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@ Swift Fox 

This engine is a compound only, HP/LP cylinders.  The dimensions of it are 18 inch HP bore, 36 inch LP bore, 36 inch stroke.   3.5 stories from base plate to top of cylinders, what I would call a small engine.

The same friends and I also restored a triple in Phillipsburg New Jersey from a heavily damaged state.  That one is 24 x 36 x 56 with a 36 inch stroke, and stands 6 floors tall.  What I would call a medium sized engine.  After a year of intensive and back breaking restoration we got it steaming July of last year.  We needed to make most of the valve gear new pieces due to most of it being shattered. [ Guests cannot view attachments ]

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My mistake as somehow i just assumed it was a triple but i can see now what with the flywheel being in the middle and the cylinders either side.

Nice to see that triple you worked on and it looks like it had a hard life, great you were able to re-manufacture parts and get it running again.
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