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Steel mill engines? Plus great site with lots of photos


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Old 02-17-2013, 01:04 PM
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What are these?



http://www.opacity.us/image7725_motionless.htm
Lots of other photos of these engines here too.

Also tons of other cool photos of abandoned stuff. If you scroll down the home page near the bottom there are links to various sites this person has photographed. I especially like the industrial type sites.
http://www.opacity.us/

This is one of my favorites
http://www.opacity.us/site61_eagle_r...er_station.htm
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If they are at a steel mill, they are probably Blowing engines which supplied the air blast for the furnaces.
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These engines are at the Bethlehem Steel Plant in Bethlehem, PA. They were still "visable" but you had to get up high to see them. I was told that they will or are offering tours but havnt been able to find info. Also while youre in Bethlehem, visit the Steelworker's Memorial.

The photos are out of date as the Plant is now "Steelstacks" aside of the new Sands Resort Casino.

My Grandfather worked at the Steel as a Lubrication Foreman on the rolling mills. He obviously loved working at "The Steel" as he still talks about it today....
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So those are a combination engine and pump? or just a pump?

A lot of the photos on the site appear to be from the earlier 2000's. Still pretty cool tho. I am just amazed at the scale of some of those places and some of the detail in the buildings and how those places were state of the art at one time and likely many folks pride and joy for many years and then were abandoned.
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They are the blowing engines at Bethlehem Steel. They are twin tandem double acting 5000 HP engines. The blowing cylinders are to the left in the pictures. Specs are 42" bore 60" stroke, blowing cylinder 84 X 60, 28' flywheel that weighs 110 tons. The building is owned by the casino and they won't let anyone into the buildings now because the roof is falling down.
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So what's twin tandem?

Double acting is where there is a combustion chamber on both sides of the piston?

So they are just really big gas powered air compressors?

Was that the type of thing every large scale steel plant had?

So stuff like that was still running 24/7 into the 70 and 80's?

Is there anything like that still running today?
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Is there anything like that still running today?
Take a look at this monster. They plan on getting it running.

http://www.todengine.org
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So what's twin tandem?

Double acting is where there is a combustion chamber on both sides of the piston?

So they are just really big gas powered air compressors?

Was that the type of thing every large scale steel plant had?

So stuff like that was still running 24/7 into the 70 and 80's?

Is there anything like that still running today?
Tandem is two power cylinders in line, one in front of the other. Twin is two tandems side by side on a common crank. A twin tandem has 8 combustion chambers. Yes, they are lagre engine air compressors. The generator engines were scrapped many years ago. They were similar but did not have the blowing cylinders, they had an alternator on the crank shaft.

The only twin tandems that are still running that I know of are the Cooper engines in Rockport WV. They compress natural gas into storage fields. The oldest one was built in 1914.

Here is a link to a thread with a video of one running.
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Cool stuff. Thanks for the info and links. Seeing the Cooper video really helped explain the twin tandem thing.

What type of fuel did these run?
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I believe they ran on gases off the blast furnace.
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