Inventor and builder C.H. Brown developed the automatic cutoff steam engine; this 150 HP model powered a New Hampshire sawmill for almost 75 years.
One-half of the C.H. Brown flywheel gently touches ground as it's unloaded in Kent, Conn.
Volunteer Ray de Zara lifts one-half of the C.H. Brown's flywheel and checks lifting slings in preparation for final unloading of the Brown engine at the Connecticut Antique Machinery Association's grounds in Kent, Conn.If you include the engine's original shipping in 1875, when it was sent to run a lumber mill in Glenn, N.H., this constitutes the third time the 1875 150 HP C. H. Brown stationary steam engine has been moved. Its second move was in the early 1950s when a young Ed Clark rescued the derelict engine from the then-defunct mill, taking it apart and transporting it to his family's property in Lincoln, N.H.
The C.H. Brown engine getting loaded up and secured for the trip from New Hampshire to its new home in Connecticut.
The C.H. Brown engine before removal, barely visible under the roof of its home of some 50 years. At one time an effort was made to set the engine up as a coin-operated attraction, a modified automotive driveline supplying power to turn the engine over so tourists could view it in action.
Preparing to unload the C.H. Brown's steam cylinder and flywheel halts at the Connecticut Antique Machinery Association's grounds in Kent, Conn.
The crankshaft from the 150 HP C.H. Brown after unloading.
Some of the loading crew pauses during the action. From left to right are Jeff Robinson, Doug Gilmore, Jim Robinson and David Clark.