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B.W.PAYNE & SONS

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John Davidson

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I have a 5 1/2" 0-180 lb gauge with name faintly on the dial "B.W.PAYNE & SONS Engine Builders Corning N.Y." Lower part of dial has "E.A. WOOD Utica, N.Y. and a picture of a rooster. Anybody know of this Payne company. The body of the gauge is cast iron and has a cast brass rim.
 
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Jim Mackessy

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B.W. Payne & Sons was established at Corning, New York in 1840. They made engines,boilers and heavy machinery, including one of the earliest non-releasing rotary valve engines, similar to a Corliss style valve. In 1883 better shipping facilities offered in Elmira, N.Y. enticed the company to move there. When Benjamin W. Payne died, his two sons, Benjamin N. Payne and David W. Payne carried on, concentrating on high speed engines and getting out of the boiler business in the late 1890's. David W. was considered to be an authority on steam valves and gear by his contemporaries. Benjamin N. brought his son Nathan B. into the business, with David W. in charge of engineering and production. At about the turn of the century, there was a prolonged strike at the company, which employed several hundred men. The strike lasted longer than two years, and the Paynes found employment elsewhere. Benjamin N. remained in Elmira and sold used equipment and repaired engines. He died in 1917. B.W. Payne & Sons was last listed in the 1899 directory of Elmira.

Bob Merriam's son has a B.W. Payne engine belted up to a sawmill at the New England Wireless and Steam Museum, there are pictures of it on the web, see link below. Hope this helps. Jim Mackessy


New England Wireless and Steam Museum
 
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