Minnesota Club's Steam Attraction Features Rare 1887 Engine
Volunteer Kermit Nelson keeps the Wetherill oiled and running for the Stearns County Pioneer Club of Albany, Minn. It's a job he clearly loves.
The 1887 Wetherill at its permanent home with the Stearns County Pioneer Club, Albany, Minn.
Kermit Nelson lends a sense of perspective to the Wetherill. Weighing in at 15 tons, the engine has a 20-inch bore and 48-inch stroke.
A close-up of the Wetherill's flyball governor. When the engine speeds up the flyballs swing out and reduce steam output. As engine speed falls, the flyballs fall in and allow more steam to power the engine.
A close-up of the crank arm.
The Wetherill's massive flywheel is 16 feet in diameter and 31 inches wide. The crankshaft is 12 inches in diameter