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Inside the Clark & Norton factory, 1905 Photo


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Old 09-18-2011, 03:44:21 PM
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Default Inside the Clark & Norton factory, 1905 Photo

Thought I would share this pic with all. This is an inside look at Wellsville, NY's Clark & Norton Mfg. Co's engine assembly shop. As you can see, there are several engine compressor units in build progress. Now for some details. In the forefront you see two main frame castings. Sitting on one is a ring gear for a 42 inch Clark & Norton eccentric vertical disc pumping power. Look just in back of that and you will see a Clark & Norton half breed cylinder. It's near that stack of 4 flywheels. Some of you know how big a half breed cylinder is, about 500 pounds is average weight of one. Those flywheels easily weigh a couple tons each. See all those flat belts and lineshafts in the ceiling rafters? Maintaining that must have employed a few men. This view shows the erection floor of the original Clark & Norton factory. In 1908 they added on a large brick and steel structure that still stands on the corner of West Dyke St and S. Main St. in Wellsville. They had thier own foundry. Thier machine shop was very well equipped and trade directories of the day make special note of that! Clark & Norton made oil well supplies, tanning equipment, sawing equipment and even had the capability to erect very large steam engines for ship propulsion. A few US Navy ships had these engines. Every time I look at this pic I see something different...
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Default Re: Inside the Clark & Norton factory, 1905 Photo

Very interesting picture Brian, thanks for posting it. I think that must be my halfbeed cylinder standing there, it looks just like it! Here is a picture of my Clark and Norton Struthers Wells half breed parked in front of the newer building that was built in 1908. This is prior to the clutch falling off on I-86!
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