High School Students Get Steamed Over Special Project


These four engines were completely installed by the high school engineering students.

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Chief Engineer, North Jersey Museum of Power and Steam Inc. 29 Marshall Avenue Little Ferry, New Jersey 07643.

Many Iron-Men Album readers will have an interest in a project being carried out by a unique group of students at a New Jersey high school.

The stationary engineering class of the Bergen County Vocational Technical High School in Hackensack New Jersey, is engaged in what has come to be known as the 'engine room project'.

This ambitious project consists of the installation, restoration and regular operation of 4 steam engines in the school's boiler room.

The 4 engines, all rescued from local plants are now fully operational with cosmetic restoration now underway.

The oldest engine, #1, was built in 1896 by the Donegan & Swift Company of New York and formerly drove a lineshaft in a Maywood, N.J. factory. This engine is of the classic 'bottle frame' type with steam admission controlled by a simple slide valve.

#2 engine formerly drove a forced draft fan for the Hackensack Water Company in the Oradell pumping station and is a vertical single cylinder machine. This engine was built by the Clarage Company and is equipped with piston valve gear.

Engine #3 is a 2 cylinder vertical marine engine equipped with Stephenson reversing gear. This engine was built by the B. F. Sturtevant Company and rescued from a partially sunken New York Harbor tug in 1980.

The #4 engine narrowly escaped the scrapper's torch. This engine is a 2 cylinder type equipped with 'rocking' valve gear and was built by the Combustion Engineering Corporation as a stoker drive for the Central Railroad Company of New Jersey and was used in the line's Jersey City powerhouse. Due mainly to the understanding efforts of a railroad official the engine was removed a mere 2 hours before the scrapping crew arrived!

All four engines and many other pieces of steam driven equipment will be in operation during the annual Open House on Wednesday, May 13, 1987 from 7-9 PM and the stationary engineering students would like to invite any interested Iron-Men Album readers to visit and enjoy the sights of live steam at work. Cameras are welcome! The Bergen County Vocational Technical High School is located at 200 Hackensack Avenue, Hackensack, New Jersey, 07601. Telephone: 201-343-6000.

For a Bow Two picturesThis turbo generatory set formerly served on board a Merritt Chapman & Scott floating derrick and has been completely overhauled.

This 30 HP Avery under-mount #4019 is owned by the Drummond Brothers. The photo was taken at the 1980 Mad River Steam Show in Urbana, Ohio.